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RGS 451: Islam in the Modern World


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RGS 451: Islam in the Modern World

RGS 451: Islam in the Modern World

This course addresses contemporary issues facing Islam and Muslims in the modern life from personal to public and local to international spheres. It sheds light on controversial topics like jihad, extremism, fundamentalism and Sharia; examines the significant debates around Islam and Muslims such as women rights, Islamism as a political ideology and bioethical discussions; and explores Muslims' experience in living Islam under current local and global circumstances. The subject approaches these topics by delineating and clarifying colloquial and terminological meanings of key concepts and provides the Islamic bases of the issues in reference to the Quran and Sunnah.  Giving historical, cultural and socio-political circumstances and perspectives of modern scholarship, issues are weighed in the contemporary local and global contexts.