Fall 2022

Islam: Authors and Texts

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-381  |  Religion, as RELI-381


Tariq Jaffer (Section 01)


(Offered as ASLC-381 and RELI-381) Close readings from different school traditions in Islam. Topics may include: belief and unbelief; salvation, language and revelation; prophecy, intellect and imagination; ritual and prayer; human responsibility. 

Authors will vary from year to year. In Fall 2022, we will focus on the Mu‘tazila, a religious movement in Islam that became a dominant school in the ninth and tenth centuries. Our goal will be to understand, across a great cultural and chronological chasm, how the Mu‘tazila negotiated the meanings, principles, and implications of Islamic belief and practice; and how their ideas were adopted, perpetuated, and institutionalized within both the Sunnī and Shī‘ī traditions of Islam. 

Fall semester. Professor Jaffer.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, readings, and oral presentations.

RELI 381 - LEC

Section 01
W 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM CHAP 204


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Fall 2022