The classical Islamic tradition (variously pegged between 650 and 1500AD) continues to influence and shape the modern Muslim discourse around the world. This course is divided into units, each focussed on a major Islamic science that is the subject of intense scholarly investigation and debate, in order to appreciate the rich tapestry of Islam’s normative and lived tradition(s).These units comprise Islamic political history, sacred texts, theology, jurisprudence, legal theory, and mysticism.Each unit will give you a taste of a sub-field of Islamic Studies, and will introduce you to topics and issues that are central to the historical and living tradition of Islam.
Prerequisites: None