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Fall 2022 Middle East GR5222 section 001
Forms and Practices of Islamic Knowledge
Form/Prctice Islamic Know

Call Number 16700
Day & Time
M 4:10pm-6:00pm
To be announced
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Islam Dayeh
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description The course is an introduction to the disciplines, institutions, and practices of knowledge in premodern Islam. We will start by examining the concept of knowledge in the Qur’an, Hadith and early traditions, and the categories and hierarchies of scholarly disciplines that evolved over the centuries, with attention to traditional discussions about their legitimacy, function and methodology. We will survey representative texts on pedagogy and instruction, and learn about sites of learning, libraries, curriculum, and the ethics of learning. We will study the techniques of textual composition, transmission and preservation. We will explore practices of reading and writing. We will seek to understand the role of women scholars, and reflect on the relation between knowledge, society and technology. Our main focus will be on developments and innovations in the post-formative period, roughly after 1200 CE. Students will be asked to read relevant materials (in Arabic and English) and to discuss the material each week. A final paper is due on the last day of the seminar. The course includes a visit to the Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library to view materials relevant to the themes covered in this course.
Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 5 students (15 max) as of 5:07PM Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Subject Middle East
Number GR5222
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20223MDES5222G001

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