Racializing Muslims

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Racializing Muslims

Spring 2018

Taught By: Rhea Rahman

Section: A

CRN: 6839

Credits: 4

In the US, a nation-state with an origin myth that includes the freedom from persecution for religious beliefs, how can we make sense of not one but two “Muslim bans”? Hate crimes and institutionalized racial violence towards Muslims has risen drastically in Europe and Australia. The “othering” of Muslims is not new, but to make sense of the current moment, we trace practices of racializing Muslims in the “West” dating back to the Crusades. However, much less discussed are processes of racialization and in particular anti-black racism within Muslim communities. Black Muslims make up about one third of the American Muslim population yet their presence is erased in popular representations which depict and affirm Muslims as exclusively Arab or Asian. Black Muslims are also marginalized on a global scale, with little acknowledgement that Africa is likely the only continent with a Muslim majority, and that roughly one-sixth of the global Muslim population resides in sub-Saharan Africa. We examine Black Islam through histories of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa and and within the black diaspora in the Americas, showing how black conversion to Islam has historically inspired social, economic, cultural, and political activism in the U.S., Brazil and Southern Africa. We will make use of field trips to Muslim community centers in New York and will meet and collaborate with Muslim activists in the city. 

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Sociology (LSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:22pm 6/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 11:55am - 1:35pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 912

Date Range: 1/23/2018 - 5/10/2018