Trying to Find the Beautiful in Islam

Instructor: 
Samuel Avery-Quinn
Day/Time Taught: 
MW 5:00-6:15 pm and MW 6:30-7:45 pm
Term: 
Fall
Year: 
2010
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-2: 
181

In the years since September 11, 2001, American and international book publishers have been busy printing volume after volume about contemporary Islam, relations between the so-called “West” and the so-called “Muslim World,” the geo-politics of oil, and the existential relationship between religion, terror, fear, despair, and violence. In this course we approach a centuries-old struggle within one of the world’s largest faith traditions that doesn’t receive as much attention as it should – the struggle over the beautiful in Islam. Beginning with UCLA professor Kahled Abou El Fadl’s concept of “the beautiful” in Islamic law and tradition, a concept emphasizing seeking the good through aesthetics and daily practice, we’ll explore contemporary Islam’s cross-cultural heritage of art, literature, and mystical performance.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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