World Religion Series: Intro to Islam

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Religion, Theology & Philosophy
Duration
1 week
Weekly Study
4-6 HOURS
Dates
Dec 7-Dec 7
Register By
December 14, 2023

Course ID: RL130
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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.

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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
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