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The Islamic Studies minor offers an approach to the focused study of Islam and Muslims that examines principal beliefs, core values, practices and cultural expressions. Courses provide introductory as well as critical, in-depth analyses of key themes employing the five Cs for foreign faith learning (communication, cultures, communities, comparisons and connections). It surveys insider as well as outsider views of Islam, creatively engages students in communications about cross-disciplinary topics, connects Islam with the sciences, identifies commonalities and distinct viewpoints, occasionally compares Islam with other monotheistic as well as monistic traditions and participates in diverse communities that are multi-ethnic, multi-vocal, multi-linguistic, and transnational. Courses will examine creative Islam, controversial Islam, classical Islam and contemporary Islam. The minor investigates the ultimate priorities, purposes and passions of a living faith and cultural tradition.

The minor is administered by the Department of Religious Studies.

The following are course requirements for completion of the 18-credit-hour Islamic Studies minor:

Required Courses (6 credits)

RELS 2001 The Study of Religions or 3 credits
RELS 2030 Western Religions 3 credits
ISLM 2050 Introduction to Islam 3 credits

Elective Courses (12 credits)

At least three courses (9 credits) must be at the 3000 or 4000 level, and no more than 3 credits in Arabic may count towards the minor:

HIS 2400 Modern Middle East 3 credits
PHL 3070 Medieval Philosophy 3 credits
ISLM 3100 Creative Islam 3 credits
ISLM 3200 Controversial Islam 3 credits
ISLM 4100 Classical Islam 3 credits
ISLM 4200 Contemporary Islam 3 credits
ISLM 4800 Topics in Islamic Studies 3 credits
ISLM 4950 Directed Study (maximum of 3 credits) 3 credits
ISLM 4980 Internship 3 credits
ARB 1100, 1110, 1120, 1150 Introduction to Arabic (any one course) 3 credits
ARB 2100, 2110, 2120 Intermediate Arabic (any one course) 3 credits
ARB 3100, 3110 Advanced Arabic (any one course) 3 credits
ISLM 3150 Advanced Business 3 credits
ISLM 3990 Arabic Arabic Culture 3 credits

Program Contact Information

Program Director: Achmat Salie, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 338
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-3390
Fax: 313-993-1166
Email: achmat.salie@udmercy.edu

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.

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