One issue that I often come up against in class, while discussing early Islamic history in particular, is this relationship between religion and politics. My students come with a very modern understanding of the relationship between the two (a normative separation). That’s normal, I suppose. The twist is that they don’t realize it’s modern. When … More It’s good to be confused?
My friend and colleague Maha Bali inspired me to start a teaching blog. Let me back-track: Maha and I were speaking about reflection; reflecting on teaching and how there’s hardly a “good time” to do this. I find myself coming up with good ideas for how to do things better usually in the second half … More Teaching the Arab Conquests in the wake of ISIS