Instructor: Shadmani Amin

Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 13th to Dec. 1st

    (No classes Nov. 17th and 24th )

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

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Islam is the most misunderstood religion in the world. It is practiced by over 1.6 billion followers; almost every country in the world has some Muslims. Contrary to 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 the following topics: the pillars of Islam, the Islamic concept of God, prophets, sources of Islamic teachings, Sharia law, Islam’s similarity with Christianity and Judaism, and similarities in their holy scriptures. We will also look at Muslim values, the diversity of Muslims around the world, and will debunk some of the false stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.

Class Format: lecture and discussion


Readings (optional): What Islam is All About by Yahiya Emerick

Instructor Bio: Shadmani Amin is a Lab Coordinator in the Department of Chemistry at MSU. She graduated from MSU with a master’s degree from the Dept. of Microbiology. She participates at the Interfaith Forum organized by the Congregation Beth Shalom. She has been running the Muslim Women’s Circle in Bozeman for many years.



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