RLSP 322
Islam in Spain Spring 2017 Division I; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
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The presence of Islam–in all its diverse manifestations–is not new to Europe, least of all to Spain. In this course we will focus for the most part on the medieval and early modern periods, and study several works–primarily of literature, though we will supplement with other texts–in which Muslims and Islam have been portrayed in the Iberian Peninsula. We will cover a wide range of perspectives that include Christian and Muslim writers as well as converts on both sides. While the bulk of the course is focused on the period prior to 1700 CE, we will devote the final few weeks of class to the study of Islam in contemporary Spain using fiction, legal debates, and issues related to immigration. Conducted in Spanish
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3747
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers, oral presentations, one final project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: any RLSP 200-level class, or results of the Williams College Placement Exam, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Spanish majors, Arabic Studies majors
Distributions: Division I; Exploring Diversity Initiative;

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