NELC 4597 Islamic Revival andSocial Justice: Utopian Ideals and Lived Realities
Islamic revivals are happening worldwide promoting Islam as the supreme guide for society. They seek to bring social justice to poverty, oppression, and corruption. We will examine the utopian ideals and lived realities of these movements, by looking at ideological texts, ethnographic accounts, news, and films showing how revival communities actually live. Do they have a viable vision of virtuous & just society? Do they offer a credible alternative to Western democracy & free markets? We try to understand the likes of ISIS, Boko Haram, the Arab Spring, Iran, Turkey, etc. Students prepare short papers and presentations on topics of their choosing.
Class time & Location: 2:15-5:00 W - Jennings Hall 050
Class # 32677