How is Islam represented in literature and other arts? Why is there such fervent interest in Islam now? What is the relationship between “Islamic literature” on one hand and, on the other, literature about the religion? Finally, how do educational institutions such as this university become actively involved in representing Islam and Muslims around the world? To respond to these questions in our graduate seminar, we will investigate sources from Africa, the Middle East, and the African diaspora.
Authors, directors, and theorists to include Talal Asad, Mariama Bâ, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Abdel-Hakim Kassem, Saba Mahmood, Ousmane Sembène.