Section Information for Spring 2014Shiism is a branch of Islam that has often dominated the news, but confusion remains as to how this branch of Islam relates to the larger Islamic context. In exploring a variety of different sources from the seventh century to the present, this course will chart the evolution of Shiism from its origins in a struggle over leadership of the Muslim community to its development of distinct rituals, law, and communal identity. The course will also explore how these differences inform current Shii-Sunni relations in Islam, as they are impacted by nation-state borders, revolutions, and external pressures. Course readings will consist of primary and secondary historical, legal, and literary sources.
Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.
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Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history.
Satisfies General Education requirement for global understanding.
Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. Fulfills the college requirement in non-Western culture.