To conduct basic research in Islamic Studies requires knowledge of resources from manuscripts to websites, Arabic transliteration systems, Arabic keyboarding for data searches, the nature of historiography and its relation to disciplines within Islamic Studies, and the role of Orientalism, inter alia. Students will learn how to think critically concerning information produced about Islam from both within and without the religion. Differing editions of the Qur’ān in translation as well as hadith, fatwas, and other classical texts will also be addressed, in addition to differing calendar systems, styles of calligraphy, the use of maps and atlases, and so on. Pre-requisite: one year of Arabic or permission of the instructor. (formerly AM-677)
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