‘Is God a White Supremacist?’: Religion class at elite college tackles ‘transnational whiteness’

‘Is God a White Supremacist?’: Religion class at elite college tackles ‘transnational whiteness’
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A prestigious Philadelphia-area college is offering a religion class titled, “Is God a White Supremacist?”

The spring semester course at Swarthmore College — founded by Quakers and hailed by Forbes last year as the 10th-best school in America — examines religion through the lens of race, particularly “the process of ‘whiteness-making’ and the construction of white identity,” the course description states.

“Is God a White Supremacist?” is taught by Tariq al-Jamil, an associate professor of religion, chair of the religion department and coordinator of Islamic Studies Program. Educated at Harvard and Princeton, al-Jamil’s profile describes him as an “expert on medieval Islamic social history and law.”

Prof. Tariq al-Jamil (Image source: YouTube screen cap)
Professor Tariq al-Jamil (Image source: YouTube screen cap)

The course also discusses “biblical interpretation of white supremacist ‘Christian identity’ churches,” “religious theories justifying racial domination” as well as “the influence of religious thought both past and present on comparative global racisms, and transnational whiteness.”

Spring semester classes began Tuesday at Swarthmore.

(H/T: Heat Street)

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