What you'll learn

  • How Islam has manifested in diverse cultures throughout its vast history
  • Interpret the various literary, cultural, artistic, religious, or political expressions of Islam in history and the modern world
  • Theology, ritual, art, music, law, politics, and Sufism

Course description

This course seeks to introduce students to the core beliefs and practices of Islam, with special focus on how Islam has manifested in diverse cultures throughout its vast history (China, Spain, the United States, and the Middle East).

Students obtain a comprehensive literacy in the subject of Islam, enabling them to better interpret the various literary, cultural, artistic, religious, or political expressions of Islam in history and the modern world.

Topics explored include theology, ritual, art, music, law, politics, and Sufism. Students have opportunities to relate course material to their own interests through research papers and presentations.

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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