ENG 300.6 / REL 300.6 -- Islam in Britain
DR. SUSAN GUNASTI & DR. NANCY COMORAU
Travel Component: England
Student Cost: $2,100
This course will explore the experiences of the nearly three million Muslims who live in contemporary Britain through the lenses of religion and literature. During the semester we will trace a series of issues that are religious, literary, and -- where the two converge -- cultural. We will address some of the salient issues that Muslim Britons navigate, including conflicting ideas of tradition and modernity, negotiating gender roles and norms as promoted by religion and cultural expectations, sexuality, and critiques of Islam from within the community. Students will learn about the role of Muslim writers in Britain’s rich literary tradition as they read about the religious and cultural complexities of belonging to a visible minority, religion, and cultures that have often faced hostility in Britain.
After graduation we will travel to multiple cities in the United Kingdom, including Oxford and London, to experience some of the places and ideas we’ve read about. We will visit a range of mosques in different communities that represent different orientations, and take walking tours of historically Muslim neighborhoods. We will see museum exhibits on Islamic art and history, visit restaurants featuring cuisines from around the Muslim world, and seek out literary readings, theatre, dance, comedy, and other cultural productions.
Capabilities Statement: Students will be expected to walk moderate distances, including during walking tours, through museums, and through airports. Students will be expected to carry their own luggage. Students with disabilities are encouraged to reach out to the trip leaders to see if accommodations can be made.