HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-007: Religion and Politics in Islam
(Spring 2020)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

West Building 1007

Section Information for Spring 2020

Is Islam a religion or merely a political ideology as has been claimed by some?  This course will explore the relationship between the religious doctrine of Islam and the political experience of Muslims from the 7th century to the present.  Topics like the institution of the caliphate, the difference between Sunni and Shii branches of Islam, and the role of Islamic law in Muslim states and societies will be addressed, based on a review of primary and secondary sources.  This course satisfies the Mason Core Global Understanding requirement or the CHSS Non-Western Culture requirement, and it can count for elective credits for majors in History or Global Affairs or for minors in Middle East and Islamic Studies.

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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
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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