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Islamic Civilization&Societies Courses (ICSP) College of Arts and Sciences


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
ICSP 1199 Islamic Civilization Fall 3
Course Description

This course introduces the varieties of Islamic civilization from the seventh century to the modern world. It explores not only the tenets of faith and practice, and political, social, theological, and economic history, but also considers Muslim cultural and intellectual contributions, including by women, from Indonesia to Morocco and in the Western world. Students will read primary sources, listen to recordings, and view films. The course will emphasize the variety of experiences of Muslims and their contributions to the world.


Instructor(s): David DiPasquale

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST2101 THEO1174

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ICSP 1224 Turkey at the Crossroads Summer 3
Course Description

This month-long summer course will examine a wide array of issues at the intersection of religion and public life in Turkey today. We begin with historical background crucial to understanding contemporary debates about Turkish culture, identity and politics. The core of the course is a focused study of the recent transition from strict secularism to what many describe as “moderate Islamism” as the dominant cultural and legal norm; we will investigate this transition in law, education, religion and politics. We close the course with case studies that illustrate the challenges Turkey faces in managing this transition while dealing with transitions in the European Union, the MENA region, and its relationship with the United States and Israel.


Instructor(s): Erik Owens

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO1224 INTL1224

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ICSP 1610 Middle Eastern Musical Languages, Choir and Ensemble - I Fall 1
Course Description

This course is an ensemble dedicated to learning how to sing and play music from cultures of the Middle East. Repertoire covered includes rural and urban repertoires, popular music forms as well as art music genres. Students will learn songs in the languages of the region and the cultural context behind music making in the Arabic, Persian and Turkish-speaking world. No prior experience with this music required. Continued by ICSP 1611 in Spring.


Instructor(s): Ann Lucas and Nizar Ballout

Prerequisites: None

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ICSP 1611 Middle Eastern Musical Languages, Choir and Ensemble - II Spring 1
Course Description

This course is a continuation of ICSP1610 from fall. This course is an ensemble dedicated to learning how to sing and play music from cultures of the Middle East. Repertoire covered includes rural and urban repertoires, popular music forms as well as art music genres. Students will learn songs in the languages of the region and the cultural context behind music making in the Arabic, Persian and Turkish-speaking world. No prior experience with this music required.


Instructor(s): Ann Lucas and NIzar Ballout

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ICSP 2226 Inside the Kingdom: Conversations with Saudi Women Fall 1
Course Description

This course is a collaborative project with Taibah Univerity in Medinah, Saudi Arabia. The course focuses on women in Saudi Arabia, including political rights, education, economic and social roles, as well as the influences of religion and culture in their lives. We will speak twice a month with students from Taibah University by videoconference to discuss these issues. A variety of sources will be used in the course including biographies, fiction and films.


Instructor(s): Kathleen Bailey

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

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ICSP 2250 Conversion, Islam, and Politics in the Balkans Spring 3
Course Description

Through a study of fiction, works of scholarship, folklore, and movies, the course examines the conversion of Christians to Islam in Southeast Europe. It analyzes the most important cultural, social, and political implications of this change with the goal of identifying the various factors that promote cooperation or conflict among mixed Christian-Muslim communities.


Instructor(s): Mariela Dakova

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: SLAV2066

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ICSP 2260 Islamic Spain/Al-Andalus:Word,Monument&Image Fall 3
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST4125 ARTH2226

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ICSP 2309 Music and Culture in the Middle East Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores the relationship between different music traditions of the Middle East and their respective cultural contexts. It addresses issues of music's structure and content vis-à-vis its role in social, political and religious situations in the region; the ways that these forces influence musical aesthetics, while also addressing the role of music in the Middle East historically. The cultural areas covered in this class include the Arab World, Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan.


Instructor(s): Ann Lucas

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

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ICSP 2450 Kuwait: Intercultural Dialogue and Diplomacy Spring 1
Course Description

Students will travel to Kuwait to improve their understanding of Middle Eastern cultures through face-to-face dialogue, an essential tool for bridge-building between people who inhabit different social and cultural environments and realities. Planned activities and conversations will attempt to address the challenges faced by each side in dealing with issues of citizenship, religion in public life, pluralism, peace, poverty, protection of the natural environment, and security. Selected is by competitive application to travel to Kuwait (March 3-13) to engage with counterparts at Kuwait University and American University of Kuwait. Site visits include U.S. Embassy, Embassy of Bhutan, Kuwait Diplomatic Institute, Grand Mosque, Kuwait Investment Authority, Parliament, and cultural and historical sites. Participants are required to meet several times before departure and after returning from Kuwait to discuss assigned readings, and to prepare for Kuwaiti students reciprocal visit.


Instructor(s): Kathleen Bailey

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Course acceptance by approved application only. See web page: https://www.bc.edu/schools/cas/ics/kuwait.html

ICSP 2475 Kuwait:Politics and Oil in the Gulf Summer 3
Course Description

This seminar addresses the comparative and international politics of the Gulf States, with emphasis on Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. It analyzes state formation, state-society relations, democratization, the rise of Islamism and regime stability, foreign policies, regional politics, and the politics of OPEC and international oil markets. It assesses the effects of oil on domestic and foreign policy. Finally, it highlights pressures for political liberalization and growth in civil society. Students visit sites of political, religious, and historical significance throughout Kuwait and the Gulf, attend presentations at the National Assembly and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and meet with English-speaking Kuwaiti students.


Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: INTL2475 POLI2475

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ICSP 2615 Islam and Liberal Democracy Fall 3
Course Description

We will take advantage of current geopolitical controversies in order to unearth the theoretical core of the debate between Islam and the West. Materials related to the Islamic heritage will be placed next to arguments made on behalf of the West in relation to certain key issues, such as rights versus duties; religion and freedom; and democracy and progress. Modern, pre-modern, sacred, and secular texts will be studied. How can the secular world defend itself against a critique that begins from a position of faith and emphasizes virtue, God, and justice?


Instructor(s): David M DiPasquale

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: POLI2615

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ICSP 2638 Islamic Political Philosophy Spring 3
Course Description

What is the relationship between philosophy and Islam? Does the divine law (Shari'a) need to be supplemented with purely rational reflections on the nature and purpose of political life? What is the place of toleration and individual rights in the Islamic legal and philosophic tradition? We will explore these and similar questions by focusing on two particularly fertile periods of Islamic thought: the encounter of Islam with Greek philosophy in the classical period and its encounter with the modern secular west in late modernity.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): David M. DiPasquale

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: POLI2638

Comments: This course is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, only.

ICSP 3310 Women and Gender in Islam Spring 3
Course Description

This course explores women and gender roles in Islamic history, civilization, and societies, beginning with the pre-Islamic period and continuing through the present. The goal is to present women and womens issues as central to the main narrative of Islamic history, rather than as a side story. This course explores questions related to both historical and contemporary religious interpretation and practice, Sunni, Shia and Sufi, as well as the impact of religion and gender constructs on womens access to the public sphere, positions of leadership, and legal status.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Natana DeLong-Bas

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO5500

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ICSP 4901 Readings and Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

In rare cases where regular courses do not meet the needs of students, independent research may be arranged by a student with a faculty member.


Instructor(s): David DiPasquale

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

ICSP 4941 ICS Senior Seminar Fall 3
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s): Kathleen Bailey

Prerequisites: Seniors Only. Department permission required.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Seniors only

ICSP 4952 ICS Senior Thesis Spring 3
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s): Kathleen Bailey, Sheila Blair, Ali Banuazizi, Peter Skerry, Jonathan Laurence and Jonathan Bloom

Prerequisites: Department permission.

Cross listed with:

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ICSP 7010 Islam and History in the Middle East Fall 3
Course Description

An in-depth study of the role of Islam in Middle Eastern history from the pre-Islamic era through the 18th century with emphasis on engagement with primary documents. We will introduce methods of historiography and the growth of the Arabic language historical tradition and will examine the role of Islamic thought and practice, Sunni, Shii, and Sufi alike, in the development of society and civilization across time and space.


Instructor(s): Natana De-Long Bas

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO7010

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ICSP 7101 Readings & Research - Grad Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

A directed study in primary sources and authoritative secondary materials for a deeper knowledge of some problems previously studied or of some area in which the candidate is deficient.


Instructor(s): Ali Banuazizi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Permission required from the Islamic Civ department

ICSP 8101 Masters Interim Study Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

Required for Master's candidates who have completed all course requirements but have not taken comprehensive examinations. Also for Master's students (only) who have taken up to eight credits required by the Masters but have not yet finished writing their thesis. Interim Study requires a commitment of at least 20 hours per week working on the thesis.


Instructor(s): Kathleen Bailey

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

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ICSP 8801 Masters Thesis Fall/Spring 3
Course Description


Instructor(s): Ali Banuazizi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Course restricted to students in Middle Eastern Studies Masters program. Graduate course.