Back by popular demand, we are excited to offer the introductory course “Understanding Islam: A Muslim Woman’s Perspective on the Essence of Islam, the Diversity of the Muslim World, and Its Relationship With the West” taught by Hayat Imam.
By some accounts, over 60% of U.S. citizens say they have never met a Muslim or know much about the religion of Islam. Yet, despite the lack of contact and interaction, a majority of Americans continue to define all Muslims as “fanatics,” “violent” and “ignorant.” This is not surprising because their impression of Muslims is derived largely from narrow and biased reporting by media and other sources.
This course is designed to bring an alternative voice and a glimpse of the wider, sweeping story of the 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. Islam is the fastest-growing faith in the world. Hayat will answer questions such as: Who are we? What do Muslims find so appealing in Islam? What do we believe? What underlies Islamic culture and community? What is our experience with non-Muslims?
In this increasingly connected globe, it’s imperative for our survival to foster greater understanding and build bridges. This course will offer information that may feel challenging, but participants may end up being surprised and delighted to find that, beyond the differences, people have more in common than initially thought!
The course is offered in four weekly sessions that will cover the following topics:
- Islamic Culture and the Diversity of the Muslim World
- What’s at the Heart of Islam
- The Early History of the Islamic Community and Islam’s Contributions to Civilization
- The Relationship Between Muslims and the West, Historic Jewish/Muslim Connections and Visualizing a Way Forward Together
6 Webster St
Brookline, MA 02446
$120.00 Middle Income (Sliding scale)
$160.00 High Income (Sliding Scale)
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