Fall 2008

The Islamic Religious Tradition

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-17


Tariq Jaffer (Section 01)


Islam is a religious tradition with 1400 years of history and over one billion adherents today in countries around the globe. This course will aim to equip students with the basic “vocabulary” needed to engage with the diversity of practices, sects, and intellectual currents found among Muslims over the course of this history. It will begin with Islam’s scripture and sacred history. The course will then examine the ways in which Muslims have sought to live up to the demands of revelation in their lives by seeking the correct means of interpreting revelation and working out its implications in the fields of law, theology, and mysticism. Emphasis will be on the diversity of approaches Muslims have found to these questions and the means by which they contest the meaning of the tradition. The course will end by looking at Islam in the world today, the various ways in which Muslims view the significance of the religion in their lives, and trends in contemporary Islamic thought worldwide and in the United States. Fall semester. Professor Jaffer.