(HIST 4230) Global Islam
China has more Muslims than Saudi Arabia. India has more Muslims than Iran, Iraq,
Syria, and Jordan combined. And Indonesia has the largest Muslim population on earth.
We think of Islam as a religion of the Middle East and North Africa, but the vast
majority of the world’s Muslims are not Arab and do not live in those regions. This
course explores Islam as it exists everywhere else. We discuss the military, political,
intellectual, and economic reasons for Islam’s expansion into Africa, Asia, and Europe.
We look at historical relations between Muslims and non-Muslims and ask what “counts”
as orthodox Islam as we discuss Sufism, the Sunni-Shi’ite divide, and Islamic extremism.
We also discuss current news stories and try to understand them in historical context.
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