AFR 259 Spring 2015 Bilad al-Sudan and Beyond: Arts of the Afro-Islamic World (D)

Cross Listed as ARTH259, ARAB259
From the Swahili stone houses of East Africa to the massive earth and timber mosques of the Sahel, the story of Islam in Africa is one of cultural and spiritual hybridity expressed through material form. In this course, students will explore how artistic forms and traditions in Africa have functioned as vehicles of access and integration for Islam, enabling it to assimilate itself with numerous African contexts towards becoming the dominant religious force on the continent. In addition, students will investigate how the forms, functions, and meanings of Afro-Islamic objects across the continent reflect not just one African Islam, but many different iterations, each shaped by the specific frameworks of its cultural context. The contemporary component of the course will examine how modernity in the form of globalization, technology, and Westernization has affected Afro-Islamic artistic traditions, and how these shifts reflect larger evolutions within understandings of Islam in Africa in the contemporary period. This course fulfills EDI requirements through its exploration of the cross-cultural strategies used by Islam to interact with, respond to, and manifest itself within established African expressive traditions.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: two reading response papers (2 pages each), a term paper (8-10 pages) with class presentation, a mid-term exam, and a final exam
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none, although an introductory course in art history or Islamic studies would be useful
Enrollment Preference: if the course is oversubscribed, preference will be given to students who have declared a major in Art History or Africana Studies
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH or ARAB; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives,ARTH Middle East, Asia and Africa Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3094
AFR 259 - 01 (S) LEC Art of the Afro-Islamic World (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Michelle M. Apotsos
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Lawrence 003 3094
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