GBST 105
Islamophobia: A Global Perspective Fall 2023
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed PSCI 173 / REL 107

Class Details

This course’s goal is to show how the racialization of Islam and Muslims has been constitutive to the latter’s imagination. It 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. The course goes back to the founding moments of an imagined white-Christian Europe and how the racialization of Muslim bodies was central to this project and how anti-Muslim racism continues to be relevant in our world today. The course will give a global perspective on Islamophobia and how it is structuring and used by political actors in various territories. The course will 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. The course is based on the literature of multidisciplinary studies by leading scholars in the field, drawing from anthropology, gender studies, history, political science, religious studies, postcolonial studies, decolonial studies, and sociology.This course’s goal is to show how the racialization of Islam and Muslims has been constitutive to the latter’s imagination. It 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. The course goes back to the founding moments of an imagined white-Christian Europe and how the racialization of Muslim bodies was central to this project and how anti-Muslim racism continues to be relevant in our world today. The course will give a global perspective on Islamophobia and how it is structuring and used by political actors in various territories. The course will 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. The course is based on the literature of multidisciplinary studies by leading scholars in the field, drawing from anthropology, gender studies, history, political science, religious studies, postcolonial studies, decolonial studies, and sociology.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 35
Expected: 30
Class#: 1724
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation and two papers, in these proportions: 10% attendance; 20% participation; 35% first paper (7 pages); 35% second paper (7 pages). No final exam.
Prerequisites: no
Enrollment Preferences: freshmen and concentrations
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 173 Division II REL 107 Division II GBST 105 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. On one side, the course content explores forms of difference and power. On the other side, the course attempts to help students to engage in alternative forms of action to address these inequalities.
Attributes: GBST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives

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