Islamic Studies

Islam is the world's second largest religion after Christianity. Western civilization has been intertwined with the Islamic since Islam's inception in the 7th century. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and one of the fastest growing in the United States. Despite these striking trends, Islam remains one of the least understood religious faiths and civilizations for American students.

Islamic studies is a multi- and interdisciplinary academic field that focuses on the study of Islam as a religious tradition with a diverse historical, philosophical and cultural heritage. This area of study seeks to introduce students to the multifaceted aspects of Islam through a wide variety of expressions, such as literature, religion, philosophy, social norms and practices, and politics, as well as various research methods. These research methods include literary criticism, hermeneutics, phenomenology, historical analysis, political theory, theology, sociology, and anthropology.

Sacred Texts/Foundational History courses

Courses in this group have the ISFH attribute.

Course Title Credits
HIST 1700Understanding Historical Change: Mideast3
HIST 1750Understanding Historical Change: Islamic History and Culture3
HIST 3217Islamic History, 1000–16004
THEO 3715Classic Islamic Texts3
THEO 3716Islam and Modernity3

Theology/Philosophy/History courses

Courses in this group have the ISTP attribute.

Course Title Credits
HIST 3670The Modern Middle East4
HIST 3982The Islamic World and the Crusades, 1099-Ca.17004
HIST 3983Apocalypticism and Messianism in Islamic Thought and History4
HIST 3985Ottoman Empire/ 1300-18004
HIST 3986Religion and Politics in Islamic History4
MEST 2600Medieval Islam4
MLAL 3210Islam and Italy4
THEO 3884Sufism: Islam's Mystical Tradition3
THEO 4027The Ethics of Life4
THEO 4110Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Feminist Theologies: Discourses of Difference4
THEO 4371Islam in Modern Egypt4

Arts/Culture/Politics courses

Courses in this group have the ISAC attribute.

Course Title Credits
AFAM 3115Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X4
ANTH 2614Urbanism and Change in the Middle East4
ANTH 2888Gender and Islam4
ANTH 3006Arab-Americans and the Diasporic Experience4
ARAB 2450The Short Story of Arabic Literature4
ARAB 3000Topics in Arabic Cultures4
ARAB 3010Human Rights in Arabic Literature4
ARAB 3040Topics in Arabic Literature4
ARHI 2230Islamic Art4
CLAS 4545Bath Cultures and Bathing Rituals From Antiquity to Brooklyn4
HIST 3818The History of Islam in the U.S.4
MEST 3620Islam in America4
MLAL 3475Oppositional Thought in Islamic Literature4
POSC 3418Islamic Political Thought4
POSC 3424Political Philosophy between Islam and the West4
POSC 3427Islam, Art, and Resistance4
THEO 3883Medicine and Healing in Islam4
THEO 3885Women, Gender, and Islam3
THEO 4545Bath Cultures and Bathing Rituals From Antiquity to Brooklyn4

Arabic courses

Courses in this group have the ISAR attribute.

Course Title Credits
ARAB 1501Intermediate Arabic I3
ARAB 1502Intermediate Arabic II3
ARAB 2001Arabic Language and Literature3
ARAB 2400Approaches to Arabic Culture4