Islam: Rumor and Reality
IS-515-4 Fall 2002
introductory course which does not assume prior knowledge or
experience of Islam, this course will review the geography,
demography and cultures of Muslim peoples and examine the
historical development of Islamic religion and civilizational
achievements, modern self-statement and
inter-religious/inter-cultural issues. Participants will
develop skills to distinguish the realities of Islam from the
stereotypes that prevail in the United States.
Day, Time and Dates:
Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
Location: Room 206
Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies and Assistant Professor,
Ankara University Divinity School, Ankara, Turkey
Class web site
following books are required in full and are available in the
Seminary bookstore. (Additional Xeroxed readings will be
distributed for some class sessions.)
B. Lawrence, Shattering
the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence,
2. Al-Ghazali, The
Faith and Practice of, Translated by W.M. Watt, 1952.
(Reserve) 3. Fazlur
Themes of the Qur'an (Minneapolis: Bbliotheca
Armstrong, Muhammad: A
biography of the Prophet, Harper San Francisco, 1992.
10: Introduction and Orientation
Abul-Ala Maududi, Four Basic
Qur'anic Terms, Islamic
"BELIEF IN GOD: The Jerusalem Treatise". (xerox)
17: Who are these Muslims, anyway?
B. Lawrence, Shattering
the Myth, pp.3-29.
The Beginning of Guidance, ch 1.
Revelations to Humanity
Themes, pp. 1-16
Beginning of Guidance, ch 2.
c. Maurice Bucaille, The
Bible, The Qur'an, and Science, pp. i-ix (xerox) d.
Turner, "A Revolution of Belief". (Xerox)
1: God's Revelations to Humanity, cont.
Ayoub, "The House of Sorrows," from Redemptive
Suffering in Islam, pp.
Themes, pp. 80-105
8: Human Nature and Responsibility
Themes, pp. 17-36
Myth, pp. 109-156.
Lamya ' al-F'aruqi, "Women in a
Qur'anic Society", Al-Tawhid
"Female Spirituality in Islam" (in Nasr, Islamic
Spirituality I) (Xerox)
8: Humans in Community
Themes, ,pp. 37-64
Myth, pp. 33-50.
Vahide, "Jihad In The Modern Age: Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's
Interpretation Of Jihad". (Xerox)
15: Nature and the Arts
Nursi; Words, 33th Word, (xerox)
Hossein Nasr, Islamic
Art and Spirituality, pp. 3-63, 105-202 (xerox)
Mohammed Shihabuddin Nadvi, "Holy Qur'an and the Natural
Reference Books\default-44.htm (xerox)
22: Forces of Evil
'Satan and Evil", Major
Themes, pp. 121-131. (Xerox)
M. Ayoub, "The Problem of Suffering in Islam", (Xerox)
S. Aydin, "The Problem of Evil in the Risale-i Nur".
Said Nursi, Why Devils
pp. 63-65. (Xerox)
29: Islamic Mystical Thought
Schimmel, "What is Sufism?" and "The Feminine
Sufism," from Mystical
Dimensions of Islam, pp. 3-22, 426-435 (xerox)
Islamic Spirituality: The Forgotten Revolution"
5: What is a Muslim Community?
"The Principle of Ummah", pp.103-128.
12: What is a Muslim Community, cont.
"The Principle of Family", 129-139(xerox)
Faith and Practice
Empire of Faith: A Documentary
Words, pp.107-118. (Xerox)
3: Diversity and Dialogue
"Unity and Diversity: Islamic Perspective".
Michel `Muslim-Christian dialogue and cooperation in the
thought of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi'. The Muslim World. 89:3-4,
the required selections for each week and participating in class
written essay of approximately 5 pages indicating some of the
things that you have found most surprising, interesting or useful
in your study of Islam to that point. Due by October 15 - results
to be shared with the class October 15 or October 22.
written essay of approximately 15 pages, due by the last class
You will be asked to share with the class sometime before the end
of the semester what progress you are making on the development of
your essay. The essay may be:
research paper on a topic of your choice, to be determined in
consultation with the instructor, OR
exercise in inter-net detection.
You may spend the semester collecting materials from the
inter-net about Islam in as many different parts of the
contemporary world as possible. For the essay you are asked to
analyze these reports, suggesting where they are
representative or not representative of what you have learned
about Islam, namely, are they "rumor" or
"reality," and according to what definition, OR
comparison of Muslim and Christian doctrines and religious
practices, suggesting where you think there may be profitable
areas for Muslim-Christian dialogue and/or cooperation.
REFERENCES ON ISLAM
DS37 .E523 (REF)
best single source in the library on Islam and Islamic culture.)
Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World
DS35.53 .O95 1995 (REF)
resource on modern Islam -- e.g., women in the Islamic world)
and the West: A Survey." The Economist 332:7875
(August 6, 1994)
overview of contemporary Islam and an assessment of its place on
the world stage in relation to the interests of the
Abdullah Yusef. (1993). The
Meaning of the Holy Quran. New ed.
Women in the Muslim World HQ1170 .W59
Introduction to Islam BP 161.2 D46 1985
of the finest surveys of Islam as a whole we have available;
particularly good on Islamic family life, different varieties of
Islam in different parts of the world, and Qur'anic recitation as
a central religious rite.)
Islam and the Destiny of Man BP 161.2 .E27 1985
Islam the Straight Path, 3rd ed. BP161.2 .E85 1998
of the better surveys of Islam as a whole.
Particularly good on modern and contemporary social and political
developments. Special chapter on issues of authority and
The Cultural Atlas of Islam DS36.85 .A39 1986 (REF)
excellent overview not only of the varieties of Islam throughout
the Muslim world, but also of basic Muslim beliefs and practices.
Contains a lot of good information not found elsewhere--e.g.,
about Muslim missionary activity.)
Worship in Islam BP184.3 .G513 1981
classic statement of the nature and meaning of worship in Islam,
by one of the all time great figures in Islam, a theologian, a
philosopher, and a mystic.)
(New York: Columbia University Press, 1999)
The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam BP188 .Q2913 1989
helpful survey of the content of Islamic morality and law in every
aspect of life.)
Deciphering the Signs of God: A Phenomenological Approach to
Islam BP 161.2 .S29 1994
survey of Islam as a whole; one of the best.
Particularly good on Islamic worship.)
And Muhammad Is His Messenger: The Veneration of the Prophet in
Islamic Piety PJ827 .S3313
best survey of Muslim attitudes toward Muhammad to be found
Mystical Dimensions of Islam BP189.2 .S34
of the very best surveys of the Way of Mystical Quest in Islam,
and of the varieties of Sufi traditions to be found.)