HDS 3963

The Development of Islamic Modernism (Islamic Modernism 1)

Baber Johansen


This is the first of three courses on the development of Islamic Modernism from the 18th to the 21st century. All three seminars focus on the definition of a notion of "Modernism" and "Modernity" that is not simply imported into the Middle East. The underlying assumption is that Modernism cannot be understood when it is cut off the intellectual and religious history of the Muslim World over the last three centuries. The first of these three courses will focus on the eighteenth century religious reform movements: the Wahhabis in the Arabian peninsula, the Sufi thinkers in Morocco, Sudan, Libya and Upper-Egypt. These movements challenged dominant forms of scholastic thought, legal reasoning, and historical consciousness, as well as the barriers that denied non-theologians and non-jurists the right to interpret revelation and Islamic normativity.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Islamic Civilizations 230


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Fall 2015
Course times to be announced.
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Islamic Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Islam
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None