History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-012: Islam and Sectarianism
(Fall 2017)

Lecture Hall 2

Section Information for Fall 2017

Islam has two branches, one of which is Shiism. How does it relate to the other Sunni branch of Islam? 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.  Course readings will consist of primary and secondary historical, legal, and literary sources.

Topic Varies

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

Non-Western Culture

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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