'Othering' in Early Islam

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode THM-OEI5
Vaknaam 'Othering' in Early Islam
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
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Uitgebreide vaknaam 'Othering' in Early Islam
  • An survey of the religious, ethnic, gender identities present in pre- and early Islamic texts;
  • Understanding sexual identity as presented in the Quran and early Islamic texts;
  • Understanding the notion of “race” in an early Islamic context;
  • Understanding the interface between “class” and religious identity;
  • A general understanding of the discipline of Hadith studies and Quranic interpretation;
  • An understanding of how communal boundaries are defined in early Islamic texts;
  • An understanding of the variety of approaches to and methods in the study of early Islam and basic skills to recognize and use these approaches in academic debates;
  • How classical debates about gender, race, and religious identity are received in modern times.
Omschrijving Narrative sources on the beginning of Mohammad’s ministry and the establishment of his state at the oasis of Yathrib in West Arabia are filled with detailed images religious, ethnic, and sexual minorities. These characters give us insight into how identities were constructed and how the boundaries of belonging were formed. This course will focus on the construction of in-group out-group identity in four genres of early literature: the Quran, samples of prophetic Hadith (oral traditions), the prophetic sīrah (biography) of Ibn Isḥāq of Ibn Isḥāq, and ibn al-Kablī’s kitāb al-ʾaṣnām (book of idols), treating issues like: the construction of mušrik ‘pagan’ identity and that of other religious minorities, race, genealogy, and chromo-identity , and the representation of sexual minoritie and their role in establishing normative gender roles.
Uren per week
(discussion, essay, lectures/seminar, readings, self-study)
(essay, presentation (Mid-course essay 25%; final essay 25%; End-course presentation 50%))
Vaksoort master
Docent(en) L. Bonhome Pulido, PhD.
  • Research master students can follow this course but will have a different course code: THRM-OEI5. To complete this course as a ResMa student, they will do slightly modified assignments. This will be explained in the course guide.
  • In the event of emergency situations and force majeur, such as societal lockdown, changes may need to be made to class schedules and assessment. Your lecturer will inform you of these changes as soon as possible, should such a situation arise.
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