When getting started in the research process--whether for a project or a paper--the best position to adopt is curiosity. Sure, it's great to know things. But revel in the fact that you have an idea or two and want to explore more. It's too early to end up anywhere. You need to go find out … Continue reading Rocking the Annotated Bibliography
So my Islam class at the University of Alabama is preparing for their second exam. It basically covers 7th to 13th centuries (but that's kind of a lie because we always jump around the timeline). I'd give you map coordinates but we jump around quite a bit there too. Anyway, I almost always hold a … Continue reading Time Sensitive Islam Scholar Team-Up
But I think there's something useful for thinking about the seasons in one's life and what one might do with the time one has. And I find that positively refreshing.
My penchant for backward course design impresses the need to consider method more and more. I'm asking myself what kind of work do I want students to be able to do by course's end. How will they know what they know?
“Religion” is a concept that people frequently talk about without much precision. In this class we will introduce humanistic theories and social scientific methods to raise the level of discourse around religion. Our local community and the news of the day will serve as the laboratory where we will learn to seek answers and ask better questions about religion.