Dates: Thursdays; Jan. 18–Feb. 8

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Islam is one of the most misunderstood religions in the world. It is practiced by over 1.6 billion followers; almost every country in the world has some Muslims. Contrary to the popular belief only 20% of its adherents are Arabs. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country followed by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This course will focus on topics such as how Islam was spread and is being practiced in various parts of the world, how Islam treats women, Sharia and what we need to know about it, and finally why is Islamophobia so widespread and how it affects everyone not just Muslims.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Recommended Reading: Islam: Religion of Life by Abdul Shalabi; Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction 1st Edition by Jonathan A.C. Brown

Instructor: Shadmani Amin

AminShadmani Amin is a lab coordinator in the Department of Chemistry at MSU. She graduated from MSU with a master’s degree from the Department of Microbiology. She participates in the Interfaith Forum organized by the Beth Shalom. She has run the Muslim women’s circle in Bozeman for many years and taught a Wonderlust class on Islam in 2016.


Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust