Undergraduate Module Descriptor
ARA2175: Encountering the Other: "Un-Islamic" Culture and the Dar al-Islam
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Emily Selove (Convenor)
Dr Christina Phillips (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
This module will challenge assumptions about what constitutes “Islamic” culture. Covering material from the Late Antique to the modern periods, you will learn the ways that “Un-Islamic” ideas played a central role in the development of the multifarious, diverse, and rich cultures of the Islamic world, exploring the contributions of pagan, Christian, Jewish, and other religious discourses, contact between Muslims and non-Muslims in the pre-modern period, intoxication, heresy, homoeroticism, science, mysticism, and magic. This will culminate in a discussion of the modern “Muslim world” and questions of secularisation, environmentalism, feminisism, and other questions intended to provide nuance and complexity to what is often an overly simplistic view of Islamic culture.
You will read course material in English translation, and although optional readings for those with knowledge of the Arabic language can be provided, knowledge of Arabic is not required. You will acquire an interdisciplinary specialist understanding of the topic addressed.