ShAyKH Jihad Brown
Theological Reading: The Creed of Imam al-Sanusi
A seminar on the creedal doctrines and systematic approach of Islamic Sunni theology, and a survey on the subject of theological inquiry, its different modalities, and its utility.
This course will explore the topic of theology as understand from its vast and dynamic frameworks and methods. Subsequently, students will go through the seminal Sunni creed of Imam al-Sanūsī to draw on foundational tools to creative thinking and engagement with modern Islamic academic, leadership, and activist discourses. The topic seeks to introduce students with a familiarity in the Islamic rational sciences.
You will learn about the following topics:
Islam: From Arabia to Africa to the West
Black Religious Cosmology: From Africa to America
America, Whiteness, and Blackness
African Muslims in America Under Slavery
Black Religion and the Rise of Black Proto-Islam
The Moorish Science Temple and Nation of Islam
The Ahmadiyyah Mission
Imam W.D. Muhammad / Minister Farrakhan
Five Percenters, Ansar-Allah and other groups
Independent Sunni Movements, Dar al-Islam, Salafi Movement
Blackamericans, Immigrants and the American State
Blackamerican Islam and Gender
Navigating this Course
This course is divided into a series of Modules, each containing recorded lecture videos, quizzes, and related information.
Course readings and handouts may also be available for download. These materials serve as background reading and resources related to the course content.
Use the navigation buttons to proceed through the sequence of course modules. You can always re-watch a lecture in this entirely self-paced course. Take the optional quizzes to check your learning.
About your Instructor
Dr. Sherman Jackson is the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC). He was formerly the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Visiting Professor of Law and Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).
Dr. Jackson received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. From 1987 to 1989, he served as Executive Director of the Center of Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo, Egypt. He is the author of several books, including Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Shihâb al-Dîn al-Qarâfî (E.J. Brill, 1996), On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abû Hâmid al-Ghazâlî’s Faysal al-Tafriqa (Oxford, 2002), Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Towards the Third Resurrection (Oxford, 2005) Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering (Oxford, 2009), and most recently Sufism for Non-Sufis? Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah al-Sakandari’s Taj al-‘Arus (Oxford, 2012).
The main course book is:
Jackson, Sherman. Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Paperback. ISBN: 978-0199782383. Kindle version available.
Please find selected additional readings for the course (articles and book sections within fair use parameters) in the Downloads section on the right.
MEET THE INSTRUCTOR
Shaykh Jihad Brown
Faculty member of Islamic Theology, Law, and Legal Theory at Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate University
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