University of Calgary

Courses on Islam and Islamic Civilizations

Décor de la mosquée Khodja AkhrarThe Department of Classics & Religion offers regular courses

on Islam and Islamic Civilizations


Topics considered include such issues and questions as:

 Who is a Muslim?

What are the beliefs and practices of Muslims?

 How is Islam and or Muslims understood in the West?

 How have Muslim ways of life changed over time and responded
to various geographic, social, political, economic and cultural factors?

 How do Muslims relate to contemporary western cultures / practices?

 How have Muslims expressed their identities through
art, music, politics, and social institutions?

How do Muslims relate to “religion”?


 These and many other questions and topics are considered through consideration of both primary sources (in translation)
as well as a host of secondary academic and popular materials.



In the 2016-17 academic year we are offering:

RELS 353 - Islam in the Modern World
(Fall - Tues/Thurs 12:30 - 13:45)