MAC eLEARNING | SCHOOL OF TARBIYA
Capitalism VS. Ehsan
Instructor: Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid
Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University
Capitalism has tremendous permeating effects in all aspects of our lives whether we accept it or not. The course will focus on the characteristics of capitalism from two sides: the subject of capitalism and the object of capitalism. The subject side examins humans living in capitalistic societies and the object side focussing on how we understand things and objects around us.
Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid will highlight the contextual focus on capitalism with the aim to situate capitalism in the bigger picture during a time when Western European societies were at the dawn of industrialization, and the birth of capitalism emerged from Mercantilism. These changes are framed in a large scale historical context where the professor emphasizes an object-oriented way of thinking as a driving force behind major shifts in perception.
Dr. Meguid explains the story behind the lasting rupture between the material world and nature leading to the disconnect in the belief of a higher transcendent rational order – ie God. And that matter was seen as having its own logic and rationality best managed and understood by a ‘rational human’ who’s defining characteristics included his/her ability to name, dominate and use objects as a reservoir to create products.
What happens when nature, traditionally understood as a hierarchy of rational order with God at the top, no longer includes human beings within the natural order? What happens when the belief that human beings no longer share a natural order with nature and that natural objects function in a mechanical order within a separate domain? Indeed, such beliefs created a divide between the purpose/function of human existence and everyday concerns and tasks.
- Unit 1 – The Definition of Capitalism
- Unit 2 – The Famous Theory of Adam Smith
- Unit 3 – Martin Heidegger and Dasein
- Unit 4 – The Effect of Capitalism on the World
- Unit 5 – Alienation
- Unit 6 – Islam and Capitalism
- Unit 7 – Islam and Alienation
- Unit 8 – Ehsan and Commodification of Islam
- Unit 9 – Ehsan as the State of Conscience and the Ultimate Solution to Alienation (I)
- Unit 10 – Ehsan as the State of Conscience and the Ultimate Solution to Alienation (II)
Access this course and syllabus here.