This course will expose the students to contemporary secular and religious writings concerned with animal well-being and rights. Students will study relevant portions of the Quran, Hadith literature, and early texts advocating animal rights which represent non-human animals as embodied vulnerable subjects, self-aware, conscious, with feelings, intelligence, language, in relationships with own kind and with humans and forming communities of believers (Muslims). And they will be introduced to prominent individuals throughout the centuries whose Rahmanic lifestyles bore witness to their conviction that human and non-human Muslims are part of one moral community.
Pre-requisite: An introductory course in the Quran or Islam. This will be a low-res hybrid course.