Exploring & Dismantling Islamophobia and Christian Normativity (Ringer and Zook)
Participants will be introduced to the study of Islamophobia and examine the ways that Christianity has become established as normative to American identity and thus operates as a hegemonic force in the othering of Muslims and non-Christians. Working intersectionally, we will focus on the relationship between race and religious identity, seeing how Christianity has been deployed to create and sustain both White and Christian supremacy. By the end of the course, students will develop an effective model, training, or workshop for use in their specific context addressing Islamophobia and Christian privilege. Students will be encouraged to attend and participate in CTS’ biennial RIOTcon conference.
Introduction to Interreligious Engagement (Mikva)
Skill-building for interfaith leadership. Emphasizing personal and social transformation, the course covers theological foundations for multifaith contexts, contexts and models of engagement, interreligious literacy, conflict transformation and leadership strategies for interreligious engagement.
Qur’an and Bible (Mirza)
This course will introduce students to the Qur’an (Koran), the holy scripture of Islam. We will examine its major doctrines, thematic development, literary style, and its relationship to pre-qur’anic, especially biblical traditions. Special attention is given to various methods Muslims have used to interpret the Qur’an. In providing students with a working knowledge of the Qur’an, we will look at the Qur’an as a historical source; the origin, compilation, and contents of the Qur’an; the forms of the Qur’an, as manifested in recitation, texts (mushafs), and calligraphy; and exegetical and theological analyses of (and debates surrounding) the content of the Qur’an.