All Americans, wrote Derrick Bell, are “imprisoned by the history of racial subordination.” How have the dynamics of racialized class prejudice played out in American religious history? Is there a way out? While paying attention to global histories and theoretical reflections, students in this course will examine and draw lessons from case studies that highlight the problematic interweaving of race, religion and politics in the lives of human beings designated as minorities, including African-Americans, American Catholics, Jews, and Muslims.
Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS – Islamic Studies: Beliefs and Practices
MAIRS – Ministerial Studies: Beliefs and Practices