Description: This course explores the importance of social and religious reform within the Islamic tradition. While beginning with the inception of the faith in the 7th century, the majority of the course will focus on the evolution of reformist discourses within Islam in the so-called "modern" era. The class examines individual reformist movements as well the various ideologies that have informed Muslim reformist thought since the time of the Prophet. The course also devotes a considerable amount of time towards problematizing the idea of "reform" itself, what the term means, and how it should be understood within a Muslim context. Letter grade only.
Sections offered: Spring 2021