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2018-2019 Catalogue 
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RELS 39901 - Islamic Origins:did Muhammad Exist?

Course Credit: 1
Islamic Origins What does archeological evidence tell us about the beginnings of Islam? Is there any evidence for Muhammad as a historical personage? Did he have anything to do with the Qur’an? Was Islam a distinctive religion, a socio-political movement, a heretical branch of Judaism? This course is about a subfield in Islamic Studies that is highly politicized, prone to vicious infighting, and home to ultra-skeptical arguments that challenge the conventional history of the origins of Islam. It will demand that you be open to seriously considering extremely skeptical arguments, as well as examining how a single inscription on a coin or building can overturn an entire historical narrative. It is guaranteed to overturn everything you think you know or don’t know about Islam. Prerequisite(s): 1 course in RELS [AH, R]