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Author: Asma Afsaruddin
  1. Orientalism and its Continuing Effects Today
  2. The influence of Sufism
  3. The life and times of famous mystic Rabi‘a al-Adawiyah (feel free to substitute some other Sufi figure, eg. al-Hasan al-Basri, al-Hallaj etc.)
  4. The status of women in Islamic law
  5. Gendered identities in Islamic Societies
  6. The contemporary popularity of al-Rumi
  7. Specific aspects of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  8. Clash of Civilizations or the Alliance of Civilizations?
  9. The life and thought of Muhammad Abduh, a major modern reformist thinker in Islam (or substitute other figures)
  10. Islamic revivalism
  11. Compatibility of Islamic Thought with Democracy
  12. Islamist movements and extremism
  13. Effects of Globalization on specific Islamic societies
  14. Islamic Societies (pick a couple to compare and contrast) in the Age of Cybernetics
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