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Wellesley College Spring 2020

Muslims in the West

A Sociological Analysis

Tuesday/Friday 11:20am - 12:35pm Instructor: Serhan Tanriverdi

This course examines the sociology, experiences, adaptations, and challenges of Muslim communities in the contemporary world, especially in the United States and Western Europe. We will look at current debates and ask critical questions such as: “What are the relationships between Islam and modernity?" “What is the role of women in Muslim communities?” “What are the diverse views of Muslims on democracy, religious freedom, gender equality, and human rights?” “What are the root causes of Islamophobia and its various forms?” We will also explore everyday aspects of Muslim life in the West including identity construction, media representation, wearing hijab, cultural integration, education, and family life.