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UGRD > HIST > 456

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.

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