The classical Islamic tradition (variously pegged between 650 and 1500AD) continues to influence and shape the modern Muslim discourse around the world. This course will examine the origins and development of the Muslim religion. We will grapple with the context of Muhammad’s life and preaching. We will discuss the reasons for Muhammad and his followers success in establishing an Islamic empire that spanned from Spain to the gates of India. Lastly, students will learn the core theological beliefs of different Muslim groups and the history of Islamic law (Shari’a) and the spiritual sciences (Sufism).
Prerequisites: None