Ethics of Jihad. CompLit 38Q, 2014 - 2015
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:45am in Building 260 Room 012
For more information: https://canvas.stanford.edu/courses/177
Professor: Alexander Key (questions about content, grading, attendance)
Office hours in Building 240 Room 109: sign up at akey.youcanbook.me
firstname.lastname@example.org or 650 723 9272
To enable students to explore the competing claims of jihad.
- The Quran
- What the Quran says about jihad
- The Quran on jihad redux
- Amina Wadud
- Sherman Jackson
- African American Muslims
- Reason and religion
- Cases and Choices
- New World Order
- The Former Yugoslavia: Zilka Siljak
Basic Islam Resources:
Quick and good reads:
Malise Ruthven's Very Short Introduction and Historical Atlas. In the library.
Michael Cook's Very Short Introduction to the Quran. In the library.
Adam Silverstein's Very Short Introduction to Islamic History. In the library and online.
Big searchable database:
Oxford's Islamic Studies Online.
More technical and specialized:
The Pew Research Center on:
9 Points to Ponder on the Paris Shooting and Charlie Hebdo. Omid Safi (@ostadjaan). http://www.onbeing.org/blog/9-points-to-ponder-on-the-paris-shooting-and-charlie-hebdo/7193
Hey, Media: Instead Of Lionizing Charlie Hebdo, Support The Artists You're Exploiting. Talking Points Memo - Jan. 8 2015. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/media-dont-glorify-charlie-hebdo-racism-support-cartoonists-exploiting
What We Know About the Charlie Hebdo Attack, Day Two. Foreign Policy - Jan. 8 2015. http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/01/08/what-we-know-about-the-charlie-hebdo-attack-day-two/
Charlie Hebdo: This Attack Was Nothing To Do With Free Speech — It Was About War. Medium- Jan. 7 2015. https://medium.com/@asgharbukhari/charlie-hebdo-this-attack-was-nothing-to-do-with-free-speech-it-was-about-war-26aff1c3e998
Europe’s Brutal Truth: Europeans are both too Islamophobic and too timid to face up to the roots of Islamic fundamentalism. Slate - Jan. 7 2015.http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/01/europe_s_confused_debate_about_islam_and_terrorism_europeans_are_both_too.html
‘Do you support ISIS?’: CNN’s Don Lemon stuns Muslim human rights attorney. Raw Story – Jan. 8, 2015. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/do-you-support-isis-cnns-don-lemon-stuns-muslim-human-rights-attorney/
Islam in Europe. The Economist - Jan 7th 2015. http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/01/daily-chart-2
In France, Prisons Filled With Muslims. The Washington Post - Tuesday, April 29, 2008. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/28/AR2008042802560.html
3 Frenchmen Among Those U.S. Military Holds in Iraq. The New York Times - February 5, 2005. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/05/international/middleeast/05fighters.html
"How Islamic is Islamic State?" by Mehdi Hasan in the New Statesman.
"They have their own jihad," he says. "We have our jihad." Borzou Daraghi in the FT on fighting ISIS in Iraq.
"The Question of Theodicy and Jihad" by Ziya Meral.
"ISIS: What’s a Poor Religionist to Do?" by Aaron Hughes at the Los Angeles Review of Books blog.
Muslim scholars worldwide write to ISIS: "Open letter to al-Baghdadi".
The scholar quoted in the Atlantic article gives an interview about what he thinks about ISIS to ThinkProgress.
"Beyond Authenticity: ISIS and the Islamic Legal Tradition" Feb 24 2015 by Sohaira Siddiqu.
"The ISIS shock doctrine" by Steve Niva at The Immanent Frame.
"Belgian jihadists in Syria: alienation, consumption, power" by Jaafar Alloul.
- Introduction to the development of a selection of jihad discourses from the seventh century to the present day.
- Understanding of how ethical reasoning takes place in Islamic discourse.
- Development of the skills required to share your newly acquired knowledge of jihad with others:
- Talking about ideas and facts with which you are not familiar / talking about yourself (Presentation A).
- Explaining in writing ideas that you have talked about and that you are still thinking about (Writing Assignment A).
- Giving a formal talk about completed research (Presentation B).
- Presenting completed research in writing (Writing Assignment B).
- Revising your writing after external input (Revision of Written Assignment B).
Student responsibilities, for which you will be graded, are:
- Attend every class and the two individual consultations with the professor.
- Do all the reading.
- Speak and participate in class. Participation involves asking questions of the professor and each other. We will be talking about how we do this.
- Complete the in-class presentations and write the formal written reports (including the revision of Written Assignment B).
33% for class participation sessions #2 to #20 inclusive.
33% for individual in-class presentation of research of which:
Presentation A: 10%
Presentation B: 23%
33% for formal written report on research of which:
Written Assignment A: 13%
Written Assignment B: 23% of which 12% is for the initial version and 11% is for the revised version.
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