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UMAIE: Islam in Turkey
Bursa, Turkey; Cappadocia, Turkey; Edirne, Turkey; Gaziantep, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey; Izmir, Turkey; Konya, Turkey; Mardin, Turkey; Urfa, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
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THIS COURSE IS ONLY OPEN TO UMAIE STUDENTS
- This course introduces you to basic beliefs and practices of Islam in Turkey from both insiders’ and outsiders’ perspectives. You will learn about many aspects of Islam including worship, family life and intellectual and artistic traditions.
- Students will visit sites in Istanbul, Mardin, Urfa, Gaziantep, Cappadocia, Konya, Izmir, Bursa, and Edirne
- Prerequisites: THEO101 and a 200-level Theology course
- Fulfills: Elective credit. See Program Director for more information
It is no mere coincidence that President Obama chose Turkey as the first Muslim country to visit and as a site for an important address to what gets referred to as the Islamic world. As it seeks its soul, its identity, between the European Union and the Islamic world, Turkey is both a battleground and a learning ground. New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer declares that it is poised to be “the most audaciously successful nation of the twenty-first century.” Turkey stands in a pivotal position, with the Bosphorus Bridge its great symbol of the geographical, political, and social spanning of both Europe and Asia. Islam is central to both the political significance and the mystery of Turkey. For centuries, visitors have been struck with wonder at its remarkable tauheed, or unity, and yet with fear of religious fundamentalism. This course familiarizes students with the basic beliefs and practices of Islam in Turkey, including worship, family life and intellectual and artistic traditions. We will perceive Islam from both “insiders’ perspectives” (reading the Quran and works on the Prophet Muhammad and challenges facing Muslims in contemporary Turkey), and from “outsiders’ perspectives” (reading British, American, and secular Turkish writers who imagining or describing Turkey and Muslims). Site visits include mosques, churches, madrasas, palaces, museums, ancient towns, and bazaars such as: White cotton-looking traverticens and ancient city of Hierapolis in Pamukkale. Ephesus in Selcuk. Roman sites in Bergama. Muradiye, Grand and Green Mosques and Sakirin Mosque in Bursa. The stunning Blue Mosque and historical Eyup Sultan Mosque), churches (Armenian and Greek Orthodox, the world-famous Byzantine Hagia Sophia, lavish Ottoman Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. To experience Turkish friendship we also engage in interfaith and intercultural dialogue over dinners in the homes of local families.
20% Attendance & Participation
40% Academic Journal & Writing Assignments
40% Final Essay
Location and Tentative Dates
January 2 Depart MSP
January 3-26 Site visits in Istanbul, Sivas, Cappadocia, Konya, Izmir, Bursa, Canakkale, Edirne
January 27 Return to MSP
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Total Cost Includes: Tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals.
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms. Continental breakfast provided daily as well as six lunches and nineteen dinners (subject to change).
Application Procedures & Deadline
- Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
- Login using your UST username and password.
- Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10, 2015. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2015.
- Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures. You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content.
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2015
To apply for aid during January Term, submit a January Term Financial Aid Application, available in early November, to the Financial Aid Office. Additional aid in the form of scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some co-sponsoring organizations. Refer to our Scholarships webpage for details. Review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information. To verify and confirm all awards, meet with a Financial Aid Counselor.
For more information
On course content, contact: Prof. Adil Ozdemir, (651) 962.5331, firstname.lastname@example.org
On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
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University of St. Thomas
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