Faith and Politics in Islam: Devotion, Reform, and Jihad in Historical Perspective
This course is an exploration of aspects of faith and politics in Islam with a particular focus on South Asia. It will trace the spread of ideas of personal reform, rationalism, and formulation of "orthodoxy" in Sufi mystical traditions in South Asia and the Middle East. The course then looks at the impact of print cultures and new educational institutions in proposing a unified and singular global Muslim identity. The course will also examine devotional and political movements that are central to contemporary Muslim thought.