|Course Number:||ASAN 411|
|Course Title:||Comparative Muslim Societies in Asia|
|Course Description:||This course takes a comparative, topical approach to the study of modern Islamic societies in Asia. Though Asia is home to over half of the world’s Muslims, Asian Muslim societies have often been thought of as peripheral to a Middle Eastern “core” of the Islamic world. While this course focuses on South, East, and Southeast Asia, it aims to challenge this center-periphery model through attention to the historical spread of Islam and the development of Muslim networks connecting Asia and the Middle East, to the contemporary manifestations of these networks and their relations to local practice, and to local, lived experiences of life in varied Muslim societies in Asia.
We draw on literature from anthropology, history, religious studies, and area studies to analyze Muslim societies in relation to each other, discovering commonalities and differences and understanding the processes by which these have developed. We also critically examine how the comparative method has been used in studies of Islam across disciplines. Throughout the course, we address key issues including colonialism, Orientalism, cosmopolitanism, Islam and the nation-state, education, gender, violence, popular culture, and everyday lives of Muslims in Asia.