Towards Oneness and Mercy: Exploring the Foundations of Islam

June 3, 2024 - June 7, 2024
June 3-7, 2024 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm Eastern Time
New HavenCT

What is Islam? This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to understanding and engaging with Islamic tradition, practice and culture–and it will thus enable participants to offer answers to this far from straightforward question. In particular, the course will engage with Islam as a living tradition – a vibrant faith that is constantly and dynamically being developed, challenged, practiced and lived. Three core themes will run through the course: Tradition, Practice and Encounter. Special attention will be paid to how Islam has developed – and is developing – in the United States, particularly through the lenses of gender and race. We’ll also delve into Sufism and the path of iconic figures like Rumi, explore the myriad aspects of cultural production that have been profoundly influenced by Islamic theology and civilization, and look at ways in which Muslims are engaging with contemporary human challenges like the climate catastrophe. The class will emphasize open inquiry and encourage participants to bring the fullness of their theological skills and training to the readings and topics. Readings will be sent out to course participants as PDFs once registration has closed, i.e., about a week or two before the start of the class.