In recent years, Islam has increasingly become the subject of public debate and discourse in the Western World as well as a core research topic in various disciplines in the social sciences. This course will take an in-depth look at Muslims and Islam in Europe and will 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. The first sessions of the course will provide a review of theories of cultural difference and secularism. Having established this theoretical lens, the following sessions will look at various public discourses regarding Islam and Muslims in Europe. Here issues such as Islam-state relations, gender aspects, and everyday religious practices of Muslims in Europe will be closely examined, accompanied by a critical analysis of particular public controversies regarding Islam. To get a good insight, various excursions will be made.
This course is designed for all students having a professional, political or personal interest in a deeper and thus more differentiated understanding of Islam and Muslims in Europe.
No prior knowledge is required but an interest in following current debates on Islam and Muslims in Europe is desired.
1. Attendance and Participation
2. Presentation and Discussion Papers
Students will be required to present one time a text form the reading list. The presentation should summarize the text, introduce the terminology that is used and conclude with investigative questions (max. 10 min.).
3. Take-Home Exam
Participants are required to take a take-home examination in which they will answer two questions out of four in order to discuss and elaborate on the topics and issues addressed during the course.
A course reader will be provided.