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This course will delve into the role of religion in American culture. From early debates over the separation between church and state to the role of religion in the Anti-Slavery, Civil Rights, Labor and other movements, the course will examine how religion has shaped and been shaped by the American context including the increasing secularization of religion and the recent rise of the “nones.” Students will also learn the role that Muslim groups have begun to play in more recent years in shaping the American cultural and political conversation.
“My experience with BIS has been transformative. I have had direct access to scholars and their knowledge, alhamdulillah in a way I have never experienced before. We’ve deeply explored the Muslim experience academically, challenging many of my previously held beliefs and narratives. I am forever grateful to BIS, the scholars and the organizers for this experience”.