MELC 13184-1: Struggle in the Heart of Islam

Instructor: Hussein Abdulsater

History University Seminar

This course is an introduction to the main conflict in Arabic and Islamic culture. It examines sectarianism in the Arab and Islamic world from the sixth century to our present time. Relying on different media (texts, movies, arts, archeological remains…), it studies the formation of the different versions of Shiʿi and Sunni Islam. We will learn about the background of sectarianism and how it shaped identity formation and modern states. We will trace—chronologically and geographically—religious propaganda, mass and individual conversions, confessionalization, and episodes of war and peace. No prior knowledge of Arabic culture, the Middle East, or Islam is required.

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