HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Fall 2022, Section 002 - Islam in American History
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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This course involves soundings in the intersection of American history and Islam. Substantial time will be spent on the era of slavery and the position of Islam as a slave religion during that era. It examines some aspects of the Muslim presence, thought, art, and social action in North America. It also looks at the ways in which American philosophical and literary traditions have engaged with Islamic themes. It is underlined that Islam has a long indigenous tradition in North America that predates Puritanism, but we do look at waves of immigration (1880-1924 and 1965-), and the place of Muslims in them. The main ethnic groups of American Islam—African Americans, whites, and Latinos/as, Arab Americans and South Asian Americans, will all be considered. Some attention will be given to denominations of American Islam—Nation of Islam, Sunnism, Shi`ism, and Sufism. The course comes back at the end to consider the impact of Islam on youth and popular culture in the fraught era after 9/11.

Course Requirements:

Discussion online and in person, term paper. Grading in the class is based on class participation and evidence of having done the reading (not doing the reading or trying to coast on others' discussion is not acceptable), as well as on three, five-page essays on one or more of the texts assigned.

Intended Audience:

Primarily for History majors who want to know more about the role of Islam in American history. (Juniors and Seniors).

Class Format:



HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
4LSA Jr>
W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: All sections of 497: These courses are enrolled by override through a pre-registration process held for Junior and Senior History Majors before backpack. After students completing the pre-registration have registered, the number of remaining seats will appear under "Open Restricted Seats." Interested non-History Juniors and Seniors, as well as History Majors who did not complete the pre-registration, must contact Sheila (history-cc@umich.edu) to receive an override.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
7LSA Jr>
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM

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