ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH, PART 1:
All students are encouraged to watch the first part ("The Messenger") of the PBS Documentary, Islam: Empire of Faith to prepare for today's class. This documentary is available for loan from Xavier University Library: BP50.I74 2005 (DVD) or BP50.I846 2000 (VHS). You may also watch the YouTube version below:
In addition, all students are encouraged to watch another PBS Documentary, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet to complement our class discussion of Islam: Empire of Faith. This documentary is available for loan from Xavier University Library: BP75.M84 2002 (VHS). You may also watch the YouTube version below:
NB: Please post to the class blog for Aslan, chapter 3 (if you have not done so already), before posting to the class blog for Aslan, chapter 4 (links are given below). We will discuss both class blog postings today.
Click here to post to the Class Blog for Aslan, chapter 3
Click here to post to the Class Blog for Aslan, chapter 4
ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH, PART 2:
All students are encouraged to watch Part 2 ("The Awakening") of the PBS Documentary, Islam: Empire of Faith to prepare for today's class. This documentary is available for loan from Xavier University Library: BP50.I74 2005 (DVD) or BP50.I846 2000 (VHS). You may also watch the YouTube version below:
(2) The Sunni-Shia Divide and the Future of Islam. By Vali Nasr, on "Speaking of Faith" (American Public Radio, 20 November 2008). Please listen online or download and listen to the podcast on your iPod, as well as read the articles for today's class.
(3) Aslan, chapter 7 (Please listen to #1 and #2 before you read #3)
This is a 7-minute clip on ESPN of the Lady Caliphs of W. Deen Mohammed High School (735 Fayetteville Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30316), a K-12 Islamic school that is noted for its academic excellence. The Lady Caliphs completed another outstanding basketball season, winning 21 out of 22 games.
14 Apr: Introduction. American Religion as Commodity Culture
(1) Lawrence, pp. ix-xvi, 1-45
(2) Samuel Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations (Foreign Affairs, Summer 1993)
(3) Edward Said, The Clash of Ignorance (The Nation, 22 October 2001)
(4) The New Imperialism, by Pepe Escobar (Asia Times, 6 November 2001). If you have difficulty understanding Huntington and Said, you should read Escobar's insightful synopsis, which succinctly summarizes both Huntington's and Said's positions.
(5) Michael Hirsh, Bernard Lewis Revisited Washington Monthly 36 no. 11 (Nov 2004): 13-19. A powerful critique of Lewis and Huntington.
Bernard Lewis, The Roots of Muslim Rage Policy 17 no. 4 (Summer 2001-2002): 17-26. This essay was first published in Atlantic Monthly (Sep 1990). Lewis was the first scholar to coin the phrase "clash of civilizations." Huntington borrowed it and expanded it in his essay, The Clash of Civilization (your assigned reading for this class).
Humorous student evaluations at a foreign (non-U.S.) university... Enjoy!!!
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