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    Otterbein University
  Jan 21, 2018
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

RELG 2500 - The Muslim Faith

Hours: 4
This course examines Islam, the fastest growing religion in the world, and now (according to some) the second largest in the United States. Islam’s key scripture, the Qur’an, will be read and analyzed with respect to recurring themes, and the beliefs, practices and history of Islam will be examined in light of its major expressions, Sunni and Shi’a, but with some attention paid the faith’s mystical minority, the Sufis. The course will also examine the role that this faith has played in the politics of the United States and the world community, particularly in the wake of the relaxation of immigration policies in the mid-1960s, the World Trade Center attack on 9/11/01, and the subsequent U.S.-led military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. The format of the course will combine lectures, outside readings, multimedia presentations, guest speakers, and in-class discussions.
Notes: This course may be used as a substitute for the INST Reflection and Responsibility (INST 2200’s) requirement.