Who are modern Muslims? And how are they both Muslim and modern? This course will examine these and other questions by reading twentieth- and twenty-first-century novels by and about Muslims. Through works by writers from sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North America, we will trace such themes as colonialism, nationalism, globalization, diversity, memory, and tradition – all the while enjoying great literature and learning how to think counterintuitively. Note that this is an intensive, five-day seminar. The students will be required to read ALL assigned material (four novels and an article) and submit a short reflection a week BEFORE the first day of class. Our class discussions will include overviews of contexts reflected in the novels, as well as theoretical approaches pertinent to their analysis.
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