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Sunni and Shi'ite Islam


Commonalities and differences between Sunni and Shi'ite interpretations of Islam. Topics include: the origins of the Sunni-Shi'ite split; Sunni and Shi'ite theologies, views of history and of political history, respective legal traditions, polemical literatures, popular forms of piety and spirituality; and recent political developments and ecumenical efforts.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Religion distribution requirement.
Satisfies cultural diversity requirement.

Satisfies Middle Eastern Studies requirement.

Satisfies South Asian Studies requirement.