AFR 303
A History of Islam in Africa Fall 2016 Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as HIST303 / REL303 / ARAB303 / GBST303 / AFR303
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This course examines the history of Islam in Africa from the seventh century to the present. We will start off by looking at the spread of Islam in different parts of Africa. We will then analyze the social, political, economic, and cultural impact of Islam on African societies, the interaction between Islam and indigenous African institutions, the Islamic revolutions in the nineteenth century, the impact of European colonial rule on Muslim societies, and the development of Islam in the post-independence period. We will also examine how African Muslims reconstructed and asserted their religious identities by localizing Islamic intellectual traditions, healing practices, music, arts, cultural norms, and formal and informal religious festivals. By the end of the semester students should be able to appreciate Islam’s common framework as well as its diversity and dynamics within that larger framework and over time. This EDI course explores the experiences and expressions of the culturally diverse peoples of African descent in the New World (and the Old), as well as the myriad ways in which they confront, negotiate, and at times challenge dominant U.S. and/or European hierarchies of race, culture, gender and class.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1565
Requirements/Evaluation: two 7-page papers and one 12- to 15-page paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: lottery
Distributions: Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ARAB
Attributes: GBST African Studies Electives; HIST Group A Electives - Africa

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