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Islam and Muslims in the Twenty-First Century 

Department: History                     
Instructor: Semih Gokatalay
Instructors' Email: sgokatal@ucsd.edu 
Prerequisites: None
Schedule: Mon, Weds, Fri, 10:00AM - 11:30AM PST

Course Description

This course provides a broad examination of the Islamic World, including the countries where Muslims are minorities in the twenty-first century. It explores different aspects of the Islamic World, from culture and politics to arts, sports, and gender issues.

This course is not limited to future students of humanities and social science. It was also designed for those who want to study other disciplines. Instead of memorizing certain names and remembering facts, we will take a look at broader themes and international phenomena that heavily shaped the Islamic World. We will utilize lectures, small group discussions, slides, short videos, memes, and game-based learning platforms. Dialogue and even disagreement are encouraged, provided they are done so respectfully. You will need to participate in discussion boards, produce multiple-step written assignments, and complete individual projects. If you are uncomfortable expressing yourself in front of the class, let me know, and we can work out a way for you to share your ideas.

Course Outline

The course has two main purposes:
  • To improve your understanding of the Islamic World, with the help of discussions, group activities,lectures, and readings
  • To improve your ability to analyze various societies based on course content

When you successfully complete this course, you will be better able to articulate how Islam and Muslims have changed in the last two decades engage in critical thinking and substantive and respectful discussion of course concepts with peers read, analyze, and discuss course-related texts in their contemporary and rhetorical contexts, and reflect on your course learning.

Course Outline

  • Cinema and music in Islamic countries
  • Islamophobia and Orientalism
  • Women’s rights and feminism
  • Sports and collective identity
  • Pluralism
  • Social media
  • Extremism and collective violence

*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students. Courses have been modified for online teaching.