Faizan Haq teaches these three courses at the University at Buffalo:
This course is designed to address and understand Islamic Culture, History and Muslim lifestyles. There are over 1.2 billion Muslims spread across the globe. Within Islamic World there is a great diversity of people, cultures, languages, ethnicities, and nationalities. This course will explore the Islamic approach towards diversity and multiculturalism.We will be looking at the daily lives of the Muslims and the effects of the Islamic practices on different cultures and people. Students will be encouraged to discuss and contribute to the culture of the class by sharing their experiences and views.
Students are expected to analyze and present their findings regarding the current state of the Muslim world and its relations with the West, particularly the U.S. Class discussions will focus on historical, cultural and political factors shaping the present and the future of the Muslim world, which includes the Middle East, the greater Middle East such as Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Muslim minority communities in Asia, Europe and North America. Each student is assigned a Muslim country or a community to represent and report on for the entire semester.
The future of democracy in the Muslim world is currently an issue of intellectual, political and cultural curiosity in all capitals of the West, and it remains equally worrisome phenomenon among the Muslim countries around the world. Most of the Muslim world has been identified as undemocratic or under dictatorial rule. This course is designed to research and discuss historical, cultural and religious roots of the current disposition of Muslim countries.