GBST 243
Anti-Muslim Racism: A Global Perspective Spring 2023
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed PSCI 244 / REL 247
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The racialization of Islam and Muslims has been constitutive to how they have been imagined in Europe and elsewhere. This course looks at how difference works and has worked, how identities and power relationships have been grounded in lived experience, and how one might both critically and productively approach questions of difference, power, and equity. It goes back to the founding moments of an imagined white (at the beginning Christian) Europe and how the racialization of Muslim and Jewish bodies was central to this project, and how anti-Muslim racism continues to be relevant in our world today. The course will not only show how Muslims were constructed as subjects in history, politics and society from the very beginning of the making of Europe and the Americas to the end of the Cold War to the post-9/11 era. Rather, it also looks at how Muslims live through Islamophobia. It looks at processes of racialization of Muslims within the Muslim community and between Muslim communities, while also considering which agencies Muslims take to determine their own future. The course draws from anthropology, gender studies, history, political science, religious studies, postcolonial studies, decolonial studies, and sociology.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 3309
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Active class participation, two response papers, and a comprehensive, open-book and open-note final exam.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Global Studies concentrators and Religion majors
Unit Notes: Also qualifies for the GBST Urbanizing World track
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 243 Division II PSCI 244 Division II REL 247 Division II
DPE Notes: The course critically examines difference, power, and equity. Thematically, it looks at the racialization of Islam and the intersection of race, religion, class and gender in the construction of the 'Muslim problem' from a historical as well as a global contemporary perspective. It aims to promote a self-conscious and critical engagement with the practice and experience of difference, especially as it relates to the dynamics of power in structuring that experience.
Attributes: GBST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies

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