Here is the list of various resources that are typically needed and available to you for the course:

  1. Background readings on Islam: Though my Study of Islam courses do not presume any background knowledge in Islam, many students feel more comfortable having consulted and read through a short introductory book on Islam. I recommend you pick up any ONE of the the following short introductions, two written by leading senior western scholars, and two by Muslim scholars. Every semester I usually request a few copies for the Davidson bookstore:
    • Huston Smith, Islam: A Concise Introduction 
    • Annemarie Schimmel, Islam: An Introduction
    • Hamilton Gibb, Mohammedanism: A Historical Survey
    • Charles Le Gai Eaton, Islam and the Destiny of Man 
  1. Library Guide for The Study of Islam and Islamic Civilization:

NOTE: Put together with the help of able and dedicated librarians this is a good place to begin your research on Islam at Davidson College.

  1. Mr. James Sponsel, Information Literacy Librarian
  • Research librarian available to help you locate sources, cite them, install Zotero (citation engine), and other research needs.
  1. Mr. Brian Little, Technology Support Analyst
  • Available for any assistance in technology. Help can also be sought from peer Media Tutors in Studio D in library from 8-11 pm, Sun-Thurs. (Times may have changed)
  1. Writing Center:
  • Peer writing coaches who can help you at any stage of the writing process.
  1. Speaking Center:
  • Peer coaches to help you enhance in oral presentation skills.

Note: Basic writing and speaking skills are generally necessary in all my courses. You may therefore consider the writing and speaking centers to help you in your assignments and class presentations. Look up the links above for more information on the services they provide.