FRSEMR 37Y: Muslim Voices in Contemporary World Literatures

Instructor: Ali Asani


What do Muslims think of acts of terrorism committed in the name of Islam, the mixing of religion with politics, the rights of women, the ``West''? This seminar investigates the viewpoints of prominent Muslim writers on these and other ``hot button'' issues as reflected in novels, short stories and poetry from different parts of the world. Explores a range of issues facing Muslim communities in various parts of the world by examining the impact of colonialism, nationalism, globalization and politicization of Islam on the search for a modern Islamic identity. Readings of Muslim authors from the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Europe and America.

Course Notes:

The seminar will meet for only 2 hours within the time block. No prior knowledge of Islam required. Assignments include compiling a portfolio of creative responses to the weekly readings using different media.