Religion

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Religion

Department Contact:
Professor Gil Anidjar
80 Claremont Avenue, Room 103B
212-851-4130
ga152@columbia.edu

RELI S2305D Islam. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course is designed as an introduction to the Islamic religion, both in its pre-modern and modern manifestations. The semester begins with a survey of the central elements that unite a diverse community of Muslim peoples from a variety of geographical and cultural backgrounds. This includes a look at the Prophet and the Qur'an and the ways in which both were actualized in the development of ritual, jurisprudence, theology, and sufism/mysticism. The course then shifts to the modern period, examining the impact of colonization and the rise of liberal secularism on the Muslim world. The tension between traditional Sunni and Shi'i systems of authority and movements for "modernization" and/or "reform" feature prominently in these readings. Topics range from intellectual attempts at societal/religious reform (e.g., Islamic Revivalism, Modernism, Progressivism) and political re-interpretations of traditional Islamic motifs (e.g., Third-Worldism and Jihadist discourse) to efforts at accommodating scientific and technological innovations (e.g., evolution, bioethics ). The class ends by examining the efforts of American and European Muslim communities to carve out distinct spheres of identity in the larger global Muslim community ( umma) through expressions of popular culture (e.g. Hip-Hop).

Summer 2019: RELI S2305D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 2305 001/73229  
4 0

RELI S2308D Buddhism: East Asian. 4 points.

Lecture and discussion. An introductory survey that studies East Asian Buddhism as an integral , living religious tradition. Emphasis on the reading of original treatises and historiographies in translation, while historical events are discussed in terms of their relevance to contemporary problems confronted by Buddhism. Global Core.

Summer 2019: RELI S2308D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 2308 001/20976  
4 0

RELI S2308Q Buddhism: East Asian. 4 points.

Runs From July 3 - August 11

Lecture and discussion. An introductory survey that studies East Asian Buddhism as an integral , living religious tradition. Emphasis on the reading of original treatises and historiographies in translation, while historical events are discussed in terms of their relevance to contemporary problems confronted by Buddhism. Global Core.

Summer 2019: RELI S2308Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 2308 002/64317  
4 0

RELI S4322D Exploring Sharia: Islamic Law. 4 points.

The platform of every modern Islamist political party calls for the implementation of the sharia. This term is invariably (and incorrectly) interpreted as an unchanging legal code dating back to 7th century Arabia. In reality, Islamic law is an organic and constantly evolving human project aimed at ascertaining God's will in a given historical and cultural context. This course offers a detailed and nuanced look at the Islamic legal methodology and its evolution over the last 1400 years. The first part of the semester is dedicated to classical Islamic jurisprudence, concentrating on the manner in which jurists used the Qur'an, the Sunna (the model of the Prophet), and rationality to articulate a coherent legal system. The second part of the course focuses on those areas of the law that engender passionate debate and controversy in the contemporary world. Specifically, we examine the discourse surrounding Islamic family (medical ethics, marriage, divorce, women's rights) and criminal (capital punishment, apostasy, suicide/martyrdom) law. The course concludes by discussing the legal implications of Muslims living as minorities in non-Islamic countries and the effects of modernity on the foundations of Islamic jurisprudence.

Summer 2019: RELI S4322D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 4322 001/29888  
4 0/16

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