Five College Consortium

TOPICS IN MODERN ISLAM: JIHAD

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Subject Name: 
Religion
Course Number: 
248
Institution: 
Smith College
Topics course.: The persistence of the ideology of jihad in modern Islam drives revivalists and apologists to disagree over the meaning of “jihad” and whether it should be understood to necessitate violence or as an interpersonal spiritual struggle. This course examines the most important modern debates about Jihad and how each position engages and appeals to the foundational Islamic sources (e.g. Qur’an, Muhammad, Sharia/Islamic Law) and Islamic history for legitimacy. It also explores the factors that make the rhetoric used by modern jihadists popular among certain Muslim constituencies, inspiring them to wage holy war against “infidels” as well as fellow Muslims. Course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Enrollment limited to 35.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Schedule #: 
30188-S18

Course Sections

TOPICS IN MODERN ISLAM: JIHAD
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Suleiman Mourad smourad@smith.edu MWF 11:00-12:10 SEELYE 304