Fall 2023

Orthodoxy, Heresy, and Apostasy in Islam

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-121


Tariq Jaffer (Section 01)


What is correct Islamic belief and practice? Is there such a thing? Who has been labeled a heretic, unbeliever, or apostate in the history of Islam, and why? How did Muslim “freethinkers” contest Islamic orthodoxies? We will discuss the ways that a wide variety of Muslim sects or denominations developed in the history of Islam. Our objectives are to examine how groups and individuals established, prescribed, or remade standards of Islamic belief and practice; and to examine how they faced the plurality of Muslim sects and other religions. We will pay special attention to the theme of salvation, which shaped the ways that Muslims classified sects and other religions. As we explore the above issues we will read from a range of Islamic discourses, including scripture, theology, law, and mysticism. All readings are in English. 

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.

FYSE 121 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 210
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 210


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023