Islam and the World

Discipline: Religion Islam
Instructor: Tueller
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1300
End: 1415
Field Work: Day 1 - Casablanca - 23 April | Morocco
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

In this course, students will learn about the origins, transformations and diffusion of Islam in the world.  Since the 7th century, the life of Muhammad and the Arab conversions, Islam as a religion, civilization, and culture has existed in a global context.  From Morocco to China, Muslims developed sources, ideas and patterns that have influenced their descendants and others.  With an in-depth understanding of Islam as a religion, civilization, and political force, class members will connect Muslims of today to their histories and cultures.  Students will become familiar with different approaches to the study of Islam, learn about important episodes and changes in Islamic history; improve critical and analytical thinking by reading and discussing a variety of Islamic and Western sources; and analyze patterns of interaction between Islam and the world.

Field Work

Country: Morocco
Day: 1 - Casablanca - 23 April

The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco, is one of the few Arabic mosques open to non-Muslims as respectful visitors. There are paid tours with trained guides. As one of the largest mosques in the world, seating 25,000 in the prayer hall, the mosque also contains a modern culmination of Moroccan and wider Muslim art, architecture and symbolism. King Hassan II of Morocco (1929-1999) wanted the mosque built over the water as a symbol of God’s power. In addition to the tour, a faculty member and students of the University of Casablanca will discuss with the Semester at Sea students the importance of the mosque in the lives of the Muslims of Casablanca. Academic Objectives:

  1. Experience the sacred space of an Islamic mosque, connecting book learning to lived ritual
  2. Observe the devotion and sincerity of Muslims in worship and prayer
  3. Write about the religious experience of others, having observed and even participated even if an outsider