2021-2022 Edition

Academic Catalog

Muslim Studies Minor

Minor Description

More than one-fifth of the world’s population currently self-identifies as Muslim. A 2015 Pew Research Center report projects this will rise to nearly 30% by 2050. For many individuals and groups, “Muslim” is more than a marker of religion, it represents a set of contested communities; ethnicities; histories; regions and neighborhoods; politics; and artistic, literary, and musical traditions that may or may not have a recognizable connection to Islam. Despite this diversity, many hold notions of Muslim identity that act as a shared horizon of belonging or association.

Admission to the Minor

There are no admission requirements for the minor.

Minor Requirements

Students must complete six appropriately designated courses. Each course offered will carry two designations—topic and region—in order to ensure that students engage an appropriately diverse distribution of courses.
 
All courses will be listed according to one (or more) of the following topical categories:

  • Contemporary society and practice: Courses primarily concerned with the study of contemporary Muslim communities (cont)
  • Literary, artistic, and musical studies (la&m)
  • Historical inquiry (hist)

All courses will be listed according to one (or more) of the following regional categories:

  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • South, East, and Southeast Asia (SESA)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
  • North America and Europe (NAE)

The six courses designated as appropriate for the minor must include:

  • One gateway course (i.e., a course entirely about Muslims that serves as a way to offer an introduction to Muslim studies).
  • At least one course in each of the topical categories.
  • At least one course in three of the regional categories.
  • No more than three courses can come from one of the above categories.

These requirements endeavor to diversify the student’s exposure to disciplinary and divisional offerings in Muslim studies while allowing hir to focus on specific topics of particular interest.
 
Courses are considered appropriate for the minor if they include at least 25% material on Muslims. Internships in appropriate organizations will be considered for credit so long as they are accompanied by a 10-page assessment of learning outcomes to be assessed by the director.

Gateway
Advanced Arabic I
Negotiating French Identity: Migration and Identity in Contemporary France
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Social History of Islam in Africa
Islam and Muslim Cultures
Cinematic Encounters: Muslims and/in/of the West
Islamic Movements and Modernities
Orientalism: Spain and Africa
Contemporary Society and Practice (cont)
Women's Political and Sexual Revolutions--Middle East and South Asia
Negotiating French Identity: Migration and Identity in Contemporary France
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Middle East Intellectuals and Modernity
Islam and Muslim Cultures
Cinematic Encounters: Muslims and/in/of the West
Islamic Movements and Modernities
Literary, Artistic, and Musical Studies (la&m)
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Advanced Arabic I
Mughal India: Introduction to the Practice of Art History (FYS)
Empire and Erotica: Twenty-three Masterworks of Indian Painting
Arabic in Translation: Arabic-English & vice versa (CLAC.50)
Introduction to Tamazight: The Native Language of North Africa and Beyond (CLAC.50)
Music and Theater of Indonesia
Music of Central Asia
India and the World: Fiction and Film About India and Globalization
Writing the War on Terror: Crafting Literary Responses to Fiction, Film, and Television after 9/11
HIUR101Introduction to Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture I1
HIUR102Introduction to Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture II1
HIUR201Intermediate Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture I1
HIUR202Intermediate Hindi-Urdu Language and Culture II1
CGST212Language and Politics: Making and Unmaking of Nations1
Historical Inquiry (hist)
Islam and Empire Through Fiction (FYS)
The Raj: India and Britain (Introduction to History)
The Making of the Modern Middle East
Delhi: The Past in the Present
Middle East Intellectuals and Modernity
Coexistence and Violence in Europe: Jews, Muslims, Roma and their Neighbors
Social History of Islam in Africa
From Jerusalem to Ground Zero: Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sioux, and Hindu Notions of Sacredness
Religion, Science, and Empire: Crucible of a Globalized World
Orientalism: Spain and Africa
Emperor, Caliph, King: Comparing the Byzantines, Abbasids, and Carolingians
Medievals on the Move: Pilgrimage, Jihad, Crusade, and Apocalypse
CGST212 Language and Politics: Making and Unmaking of Nations
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Advanced Arabic I
Arabic in Translation: Arabic-English & vice versa (CLAC.50)
Women's Political and Sexual Revolutions--Middle East and South Asia
Negotiating French Identity: Migration and Identity in Contemporary France
Islam and Empire Through Fiction (FYS)
The Making of the Modern Middle East
Middle East Intellectuals and Modernity
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Introduction to Tamazight: The Native Language of North Africa and Beyond (CLAC.50)
Islam and Muslim Cultures
Cinematic Encounters: Muslims and/in/of the West
Islamic Movements and Modernities
From Jerusalem to Ground Zero: Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sioux, and Hindu Notions of Sacredness
Religion, Science, and Empire: Crucible of a Globalized World
Orientalism: Spain and Africa
Emperor, Caliph, King: Comparing the Byzantines, Abbasids, and Carolingians
Medievals on the Move: Pilgrimage, Jihad, Crusade, and Apocalypse
Writing the War on Terror: Crafting Literary Responses to Fiction, Film, and Television after 9/11
South, East, and Southeast Asia (SESA)
Mughal India: Introduction to the Practice of Art History (FYS)
Empire and Erotica: Twenty-three Masterworks of Indian Painting
Women's Political and Sexual Revolutions--Middle East and South Asia
The Raj: India and Britain (Introduction to History)
Delhi: The Past in the Present
Music of Central Asia
Islam and Muslim Cultures
Cinematic Encounters: Muslims and/in/of the West
Islamic Movements and Modernities
Religion, Science, and Empire: Crucible of a Globalized World
Music and Theater of Indonesia
India and the World: Fiction and Film About India and Globalization
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
Social History of Islam in Africa
North America and Europe (NAE)
Coexistence and Violence in Europe: Jews, Muslims, Roma and their Neighbors
Islam and Muslim Cultures
Cinematic Encounters: Muslims and/in/of the West
Islamic Movements and Modernities
Orientalism: Spain and Africa
Medievals on the Move: Pilgrimage, Jihad, Crusade, and Apocalypse
Writing the War on Terror: Crafting Literary Responses to Fiction, Film, and Television after 9/11

Additional Information

Contact

Interested students should contact Typhaine Leservot at tleservot@wesleyan.edu.