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World Religion Series: Intro to Islam

Religion, Theology & Philosophy
10 weeks
Weekly Study
May 10-Jul 18
Register By
May 15, 2023

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.

What will you learn?
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
Susan Maneck, PhD
WI Department Coordinator, Assoc Prof Jackson State University

Dr. Susan Maneck is an Associate Professor in the History and Philosophy Department at Jackson State University where she teaches courses in the Middle East and South Asian History, World Civilization, and Comparative Religion. She received her Master’s degree in Oriental Studies and her PhD in Asian and European History... See Faculty Bio

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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