RELG 448 Shiʿa Islam

Shiʿism is a branch of Islam that encompasses a number of Muslim communities collectively making up approximately 18% of the Muslim world. This course will examine the origins, doctrines, and practices of Shiʿi Muslims. Students will read recent monographs exposing them to the key academic debates in Shiʿi studies. The readings will cover the pre-modern and modern periods equally and will expose students to the methods of both history and anthropology. No prior knowledge in Islamic studies is needed but students are expected to come prepared to discuss the readings.