HD635 Five Faces of Islam

In the present global climate of terrorism with competing, conflicting and confusing views about Islam and Muslims in mainstream academic and popular discourses, the course seeks to help students understand and engage with Islam as a living tradition in all its multiplicity of expressions. The five faces the course seeks to address are: The Missionary Face of Islam; the Mystical Face of Islam; the Ideological Face of Islam; the Militant Face of Islam; and the Progressive Face of Islam. Students will be helped to see these different faces as overlapping circles rather than mutually exclusive compartmentalized boxes. The course adopts a pedagogical approach which aims at helping students attain a holistic understanding of the Muslim faith as it is lived out in different cultural and geopolitical contexts.

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