Introduction to Islam: Culture and Civilization
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NCST 2700
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Cultural Studies
- Religious Studies
- Global Studies
This course offers an introduction to the colorful mosaic of Muslim cultures around the world, their various histories, and the way these societies have been shaped through interactions with other world cultures. In addition to studying Islam as a system of belief, students are introduced to Islamic civilization as a way of life expressed through highly diverse Muslim cultures. Lectures and multimedia presentations based on assigned readings broaden students' cultural horizons by providing insights into Muslim music, poetry, and art, architecture, and other forms of material production. There is a required field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to visit the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia (formerly the Hall of Islamic Art). Students are asked to create projects inspired by artifacts in this installation. They are also encouraged, but not required, to visit the 96th Street mosque as observers of Friday afternoon Muslim congregational prayers, which are normally followed by a lecture and Q&A led by the imam of the mosque. This course was formerly listed as NREL3621. Do not register for this course if you have previously taken NREL3621; it is the same course and cannot be taken twice for credit.