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Department of HistoryHistory 378: Islam
Monday, 6:00-8:50 p.m.
Schroeder 317
Discussion list: islam-l@listserv.ilstu.edu


Reading and Discussion Schedule



Orient-ation

Week 1
January 13



Introduction


I. MAPS
Political Map of the World
In the Center of the Map
Middle East Reference Map
Middle East Maps
Visible Middle East
Middle East: Satellite map
Country Maps
An Area Accurate Map?

II. NAMES AND DATES
Muslim Proper Names
Gregorian-Hijri Dates Converter
The Persian/Arabic Alphabet
Arabic/Persian Calligraphy
Bismillah Collection

III. LNAGUAGES
Afro-Asiatic, Altaic, Caucasian, Nilo-Saharan, Indo-European,
Asian & African Languages

IV. NEWS
Middle East News
News and Activism
BBC World News
The New York Times
The Washington Post
The Sunday Times
The Daily Star
The Jordan Times
The Gulf Today
The Jerusalem Post

Net Iran

Shi'a News
Cyber Iran

V. INTERNET RESOURCES
Internet Resource Guide
Internet Islamic History Sourcebook
Middle East Studies Internet Resources
Electronic Journals and Newspapers
E-Resources
Islam Online
Undergraduate Research Guide: Islam
Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project
Country Studies
Guides to Electronic Journals
September 11, 2001
September 11, 2001

 

ISIM Newsletter


Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Week 2
January 20


Martin Luther King, JR. Holiday

Week 3
January 27


Orientalism and Occidentalism

I. Required Readings
Edward Said, Orientalism


George P. Landow, Edward W. Said's Orientalism: An Overview

Avishai Margalit and Ian Buruma, "Occidentalism," The New York Review of Books (January 17, 2002).



Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
, Persianate Europology.

H V Brasted, The politics of Stereotyping Western Images of Islam, Manushi 98 (January-February 1997).

Stein Tonnesson
, Orientalism, Occidentalism and Knowing about Others, NIAS, No. 2, April 1994.


Helyn Trickey
, Backgrounder Islam: A religion of many faces, misconceptions, September 28, 2001.

II. Suggested Readings
J.A. Progler
, The Utility of Islamic Imagery in the WestÊ, Al-Tawhid Vol XIV No. 4.

Abu Im‰n Abd ar-Rahm‰n Robert Squires, Orientalism, Misinformation and Islam.



Khurshid Ahmad
, "Islam and Terrorism Islam and the West," Jamaat-Islami Pakistan.

Muhammad Yusuf
, Why Islam is the Opposite of the West.

IMAGINING ISLAM AND MUSLIMS

Orientalists and the Middle East

WWW Resources On Orientalism

Immanuel Wallerstein, "Eurocentrism and its Avatars: The Dilemmas of Social Science."

Derek B. Scott, "Orientalism and Musical Style"



Orientalist Paintings.

Orientalist Art of the Nineteenth Century.

Jamal Malik, Making Sense of Islamic Fundamentalism.
Selected list of Bibliographic Resources on Orientalists and Orientalism Links.


Islam and the West.


Islam, the West and Politics.

Student Outline

Week 4
February 3



Muhammad


I. Required Readings

Maxime Rodinson. Muhammad.

W. Montgomery Watt. Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman.

Ibn Ishaq (d. c. 773 CE), Selections from the Life of Muhammad


Muhammad's Last Sermon

Hadith: The Traditions of the Prophet

The Noble Quran


Week 5
February 10


The Caliphate (632-1258)

I. Required Readings
The Rightly-Guided Caliphs


Umayyad Caliphate (Damascus), 661-750

Abbasid Caliphate (Baghdad) 750-1258

Gaston Wiet, Baghdad: Metropolis of the Abbasid Caliphate.|


An Arab Ambassador in Constantinople late 10th century

Yakut: Baghdad under the Abbasids, c. 1000 CE

Ibn-Miskawaih: The Experiences of the Nations, c. 980 CE


Arab Rulers


The Major Conquests and the Spread of Islam

Iraj Bashiri, Samanid Renaissance and Establishment of Tajik Identity




Syria under the Ummayads and `Abbasids


Characterstics of Islamic Civilization

Maps of the Umayyad Caliphate in the Second Half of the 9th and the Second Half of the 10th Centuries


Map of the Abbasid Caliphate (786-809)


Map of the Late Abbasid Caliphate c.A.D.900


Map of the Mediterranean in the Ninth Century

Pictures from the Dome of the Rock



Other Maps Relating to Islam's Historical Development


Islamic Texts and Resources MetaPage

Map of the Umayyad Empire c.A.D.750

 


Top

Mysticism

Week 6
February 17


Mystics and Mystical Orders

I. Required Readings
Alan Godlas, Sufism--Sufis--Sufi Orders: Sufism's Many Paths.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, "The Interior Life in Islam," Al-Serat,Ê Vol. III, Nos. 2 & 3.

Rabia Ibn Kab: Life in His Own Words a Sufi Mystic.

Bruce B. Janz, Who's Who in the History of Mysticism.




Ibn al-'Arabi - the Sufi mystic


Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi


Islamic Sufi turuq on the World Wide Web


Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi

II. Suggested Readings
List of Sufi-related resources on the Internet

Sufism / Islamic Mysticism


Philosophy and Western Mysticism Resources


Sufism / Islamic Mysticism

Islamic mystics, theologians and scriptures


Islamic Mysticism: Sufism

ABU HAMID AL-GHAZALI (1058 - 1128 C.E.)


The Influence of Neoplatonism


Ahmed Hulusi


Sufi Shah Shaheed


Themes of 'The Erotic' in Sufi Mysticism


Scriptures, Prophetic Traditions, and related texts


Islamic Texts and Resources MetaPage


Seton Hall University Honors Program HONS 3193 AA/ RELS 3494 AA Mysticism East and West


Ibn al-'Arabi - the Sufi mystic


List of Sufi-related resources on the Internet


Listen to Radio Free Palms


Mysticisms from Middle East


Essays in Islamic Philosophy, Theology, and Mysticism


Sufism and Its Many Paths


Archive of Islamic Articles


Sufi and `Irfan Links-Cole


Week 7
February 24


Mysticism and Eroticism

I. Required Readings
Jonah Winters, Themes of 'The Erotic' in Sufi Mysticism.

Sheikh Nefzaoui, The Perfumed Garden , 16th Cent. CE/c. A.H 925, translated bySir Richard Burton , in chapter files, full text, [At Bibliomania]

 

II. Suggested Readings





 

Top

Modernity

Week 8
March 3



Rehtinking Modernity

I. Required Readings
Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
, "The Homeless Texts of Persianate Modernity", Cultural Dynamics 13(3):263-291.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Reflections on Islam and Modern Life, Al-Serat, Vol. VI, No. 1Ê

Iraj Bashiri, Jamal al-Din al-Afghani

Louay M. Safi, "ISLAM AND THE SECULAR STATE Explicating the Universal in Formative Islamic Political Norms."

II. Suggested Readings

Week 9

Spring Break!

Week 10
March 17



Critiquing Europe

I. Required Readings
Ali Shariati, "A Manifestation of Self-reconstruction and Reformation."

M. Alam and A. Zahoor, ALLAMA MUHAMMAD IQBAL (1877 - 1938).




Dr. Muhammad Allama Iqbal


IQBAL IN YEARS

Ali Shariati, CIVILIZATION AND MODERNIZATION.

Jalal Al-Ahmad,Westoxication

II. Suggested Readings


Week 11
March 24


 

Refshioning Islam

I. Required Readings
Mohamad Tavakoli,
Frontline Mysticism

Ali Shariati
, Red Shi'ism: The Religion of Martyrdom, Black Shi'ism: The Religion of Mourning

Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Three Philosophical Debates in Post-Revolutionary Iran.


H. R. Jalaei pour,
"The Emergence of a Modern Intellectual Climate and the Change in the Ideological Scene: 1988-1996

ABDOLKARIM SOUROUSH: "REASON & FREEDOM IN ISLAMIC THOUGHT" AT THE CSID 2nd ANNUAl conference

Mahmoud Sadri and Ahmad Sadri, Let the occasional chalice break Abdolkarim Soroush and Islamic liberation theology.

II. Suggested Readings
Charles Kurzman,ÊLIBERAL ISLAM: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES.

A Biography of Dr Abdol Karim Soroush

Islam, Democracy and the Secular State


Political Violence in the Middle East


Top

Women and Islam

Week 13
April 7



Women and Islam


I. Required Readings
Abdur Rahman I. Doi, Women in the Quran and the Sunna.

Nawal H. Ammar, On Being A Muslim Woman: Laws and Practices.


Sachiko Murata, "Temporary Marriage in Islamic Law," Al-Serat, Volume XIII, No. 1.

Riffat Hassan, "Are Human Rights Compatible with Islam? The Issue of the Rights of Women in Muslim Communities."

Famous Muslim Women
Syed A.A Razwy, Khadija tul Kubra: A Short Story of Her Life byÊ

Aishah Bint Abi Bakr


Ramlah bint Abi Sufyan

Rabi`a of Basra

About Rabi«a al-Adawiyya



Short biographical sketches of famous Muslim women

II. Suggested Readings
Articles, etc., on Women In Islam


Middle Eastern Studies and women, gender, feminism

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard, "Behind the Veil Westerners," Moder Jones (May/June 2001).



Some ways to get started searching for articles on Middle Eastern Studies and women, gender, feminism

Week 14
April 14



Politicizing Gender


I. Required Readings
Murtaza Mutahheri, "Woman and her Rights: Ê Woman in Qur'an"

Ali Shariati
, "Expectations from the Muslim Woman."

Riffat Hassan
, "Members, One of Another": Gender Equality and Justice in Islam.

Zahra Rahnavard, Beauty of Concealment and Concealment of Beauty


An interview with Dr Abdol-Karim Soroush, Contraction and Expansion of WomenÕs Rights.

Ziba Mir-Hosseini,"Challenges and Complicities: Abdolkarim Sorush and Gender" in Islam and Gender: the religious debate in contemporary Iran, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999. Chapter 7.

II. Suggested Readings
Ella Shohat, "Framing Post-Third-Worldist Culture: Gender and Nation in Middle Eastern/ North African Film and Video," by CUNY-Graduate Center
THE RIGHT TO CONTRACEPTION AND ABORTION IN TEN WORLD RELIGIONS

Farhad Kazimi, "Gender, Islam, and Politics.(Iran," Social Research (Summer, 2000).

 

Week 15

April 21


Conference Preparation

Week 16
April 28


Conference Preparation

Week
April 30


International and Global Studies Seminar Series

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Top

Other Readings





The Islamic Public Sphere

I. Required Readings
Walter Armbrust,, The Riddle of Ramadan: Media, Consumer Culture and the 'Christmas-ization' of a Muslim Holiday.

Farhang Rouhani, The Spatial Politics of Leisure: Internet Use and Access in Tehran, Iran.

Will Taggart, The Digital Revolt: Resistance & Agency on the Net.


Further
Readings
:

Further On-line Readings

Historian - Slavery & Abolition in Ottoman Middle East

Paul A. Cantor, "The Uncanonical Dante: The Divine Comedy And Islamic Philosophy"

Seyyed Hossein Nasr,Ê "Islam and the Question of Violence," Al-Serat, Vol. XIII, No. 2.

A. Ezzati, "The Concept Of Martyrdom In Islam,", Al-Serat, Vol XII (1986).

Murtada Mutahhari, "The Principle of Ijtihad in Islam,"Al-Serat, Vol X, No. 1.

Karim Douglas Crow, "Islam Ð Peace Ð Nonviolence A SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY," Nonviolence International , September 1998

Jamaat-Islami Pakistan, "Islam and Terrorism Do Muslims Hate West? Conspiracies against Islam."

Syed Abul A'la Maudoodi, Human Rights in Islam: The Political Framework Of Islam.


Louay M. Safi,, PEACE AND THE LIMITS OF WAR: TRANSCENDING CLASSICAL CONCEPTION OF JIHAD.

PEACE AND THE LIMITS OF WAR: TRANSCENDING CLASSICAL CONCEPTION OF JIHAD

Political Violence in the Middle East

The many facets of political Islam


Courses

 

Orientalism and Occidentalism
ORIENTALISM/ OCCIDENTALISM
Colloquium on ISLAM AND POLITICS
ISLAM AND POLITICS POS S 4429
Orienteering: Muslim travel and writers

 


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