Review Comment

[V3311] Islam in the Post Colonial World

January 17, 2012

Haider, Najam Silver_nugget
[V3311] Islam in the Post Colonial World

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Professor Haider was without a doubt the best Professor I had last semester, and his class was my favorite by far despite the fact that it was my most work intensive course. He managed to infuse even the most boring subject with information that captivated and made the subject come alive. His main goal is not for class to be an hour of lecturing, but rather interaction between the students and himself. He cares an incredible amount about their success and is very encouraging. His primary concern is that you actually take something from class and learn, and as such, in each class he did call upon two people whom he would ask questions about the readings. But they were general concepts, and as long as one read and comprehended, they were fine. Don't be intimidated. If you actually do the work, you will do well.
In essence, his dedication to the material and his excellence in transmitting the information with hilarity while making it fascinating made EVERY class one I was unwilling to miss for any reason.

Workload:

Weekly blog posts responding to his prompt, reflections on one current event involving some part of the Islamic/Muslim world, and two comments on the media posts of classmates.
A TON of reading every week.
Prophecy Assignment- Put yourself in the shoes of a prophet and describe how you would react to hearing a voice inside your head. (Page limit? "As long as it takes...")
Evolution Fatwa- You are given a side, either pro or against evolution. You had to defend it in tradition Islamic Fatwa style with sources from the Qur'an, Hadith, and Sunna (if applicable). Again... "as long as it takes..."
Final Paper Assignment- Respond to the prompt, 7-9 pages.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
RELB / RELI RELB RELI V3311: Islam in Post-Colonial World Najam Haider 2010 Fall MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1