Islam in the Modern World
In this course we will provide an introduction to the intellectual movements of the Islamic world during the last two centuries. The course readings will reflect how Muslim thinkers in Egypt, the Indian subcontinent, the Ottoman Empire and Iran responded to political and cultural challenge and change. The course will examine what it means for a religious tradition to consciously attempt to redefine itself, and will address the contribution of Muslim scholars living in the West. Finally, we will examine the emergence of the jihadist movement, and will situate organizations such as al-Qaeda within trends already present in the 19th and 20th centuries.