Islam and the West

3 credits

HIST 3850

College of Arts and Science

(same as PEA_ST 3850). This course provides a historical intellectual context for the raging debate on Islam and the West. It will discuss how Muslims conceived and reacted variously to the political and cultural challenge the West posed in the nineteenth and twentieth century. It will focus on the discourse on the reception of modernization in Islam. It will highlight the political and cultural energies invested by various Muslim elite communities to distinguish between modernization and Westernization. Islamic fundamentalism, the dominant Islamic expression of our time, will be usefully discussed in the context of this debate and praxis about modernization, authenticity, and Westernization. Prerequisites: junior/senior standing.