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World Religion Series: Intro to Islam

With ongoing anti-Islamic sentiment throughout the world, there is no better time to improve our understanding of one of the world’s most important and influential religions.

Late Registration Deadline: June 18, 2020
Duration
13 weeks
Weekly Study
9-11 HOURS
Dates
Jun 11-Sep 6
Credit Hours
3

Course ID: RL130

In Introduction to Islam we will begin with a survey of the life of Muhammad, a Manifestation of God, and a review of the origins, development, and content of the Qur’an, including the teachings and practices of Islam. We will then examine the Sunni/Shiite split over issues of succession and authority and discuss Islamic mysticism, or Sufism, and the Sufi poetic tradition. Finally, we will turn to contemporary Islam and to Islam and other religions, including the Bahá’í Faith. With ongoing anti-Islamic sentiment throughout the world, there is no better time to improve our understanding of one of the world’s most important and influential religions and to prepare for discussing it with Christian and Muslim friends and neighbors.

Community Learning Students: Register to Audit this course.

Individuals are welcome to audit this university course. Auditors will have access to the same materials as the university students, and will be expected to complete all of the participatory assignments. Depending on demand, their number may be capped relative to the credit student cohort. The same discounts that apply to Community Learning courses are available, as well as needs-based tuition support. A certificate of completion will be offered as appropriate.

Topics
What will you achieve?
You will learn
Develop an understanding of the origin, teachings, development, and spread of Islam through the ages
Analyze the impact of the principles and teachings of Islam on the lives of contemporary Muslims
Relate Islamic teachings and practices to the Bahá'í Faith and Bahá'í community
Meet Your Faculty
teacher
Nesreen Akhtarkhavari, PhD
Assoc. Prof., DePaul University

Nesreen Akhtarkhavari is an active Bahá’í. She has served on Bahá’í institutions in various capacities since 1982. This includes serving on Local Spiritual Assemblies, National Training Institutes, managing capital campaigns, and serving as international consultant on Arab Affairs. Professionally. Dr. Akhtarkhavari is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Modern... See Faculty Bio

teacher
Necati Alkan, PhD
Research Associate, University of Bamberg

I have been fascinated with Bahá’í Studies, especially history, since my youth. Studying Islamic Studies and History, then, at the university, opened new vistas for me. By learning Arabic, Persian and in particular Ottoman Turkish, beside my native Turkish and almost native (education) language German and English, I felt equipped... See Faculty Bio

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