During the program, you will take one course for a total of 6 UC Berkeley units.
Course: Ethnic Studies N180
Title: Muslims in the West: From Islamic Spain and Construction of Otherness to 9/11
Dates: June 25 – July 28, 2017
Instructors: Hatem Bazian, Ph.D., and Ramón Grosfoguel, Ph.D.
Units: 6 units
This course offers a broad historical understanding and social account of the experience of Muslims in the West from the arrival of Muslims to Spain in 711 until today (9/11 and Arab Spring). The program will have guest lecturers such as Tariq Ramadan, Salman Sayyid, Asma Barlas, Asma Lamrabet, Barbara Boloix and others specializing on Muslims in the West. The influence of Islam in European culture from the Renaissance to Modern Science is hardly recognized in most contemporary debates about Western identity and knowledge. Spain's relationship with Islam is extremely important to the development of Spanish and European culture in general.
The course will trace the political flow of events from the Arab-Berber arrival to the Iberian peninsula, their experiments in state-formation, the final expulsion of the last surviving Muslim enclave of Granada in 1492, the Orientalism that emerges in the 18th and 19th century European colonization of Muslim lands, late 20th century Cold War developmentalist colonial policies to the early 21st century War on Terror and Arab Spring. The students will examine the sources and visit the locations associated with Al-Andalus and trace the religious and racial categorization emerging from 1492 to the present.
This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.
Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.