Students learn about Islam as a global, historical religious tradition and the dynamic interaction between religious ideas, practices, and debates on one hand and a variety of geographical and historical contexts on the other. The course takes as its starting point the assumption that every first year student has already been exposed to ideas about Islam and Muslims, usually in the form of religious, cultural and racialized othering, which means that the course has to respond to such preconceived notions that have shaped their worldviews. Students are challenged to consider both similar and dramatically different ways of learning, knowing, and perceiving the world by Muslims in past and present, thereby exposing them to alternative ways of knowing and nurturing at the very least an appreciation of the value of difference and understanding of a perceived other.