This is a six-day course that aims to introduce key themes in the study of Islam and Muslims. It aims to illustrate how Islamic traditions have developed over time and the key texts that different thinkers have referred back to as they have attempted to articulate different visions of Islam. We aim here to treat both Islam and Muslims as ‘open variables’, that is, we do not aim to approach material with a preconceived definition of what Islam really is, but interpret how individuals define ideas and practices as Islamic and themselves and others as Muslims or non-Muslims. Teaching will take the form of lectures interspersed with group work, accompanied by class discussions and readings.
Course conveyor: Professor Philip Wood is a historian of the Middle East. He has written on the histories of religious minorities in the caliphate and on the experience of Muslims as minorities in Britain. Together with Leif Stenberg, he is currently editing a volume on the Politics of Islamic Studies and he is also editing a second volume on Muslim and non-Muslim religious minorities in the Abbasid caliphate. His third monograph, on the Abbasid-era intellectual Dionysius of Tel-Mahre, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press in January 2021.
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Lectures: Lectures will take place 1500-1700 BST on December 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17 December 2020