Islam and Europe: Historical and Contemporary Dimensions

Freie Universität Berlin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Islam and Europe: Historical and Contemporary Dimensions

  • Host University

    Freie Universität Berlin

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History, Islamic Studies, Religion, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Within the last years Islam has become the subject of public debates and discourses in the Western World as well as a core research topic within various disciplines in the social sciences. This course will take a closer look at Muslims and Islam in Europe and will try to analyze and discuss the present condition of Muslims living in Europe from a socio-anthropological perspective. In order to do so, Islam will first be introduced from a general perspective; we will also visit a representative mosque in Berlin. The first sessions of the course will provide an overview of theories of cultural difference and secularism. Having this theoretical lens in mind, the following sessions will look at various public discourses regarding Islam and Muslims in Europe. Here issues such as Muslim-state relations, gender, and religious practices of Muslims in Europe will be examined and accompanied by a critical analysis of certain public controversies concerning Islam.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations