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.

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