Islam: Religion and Politics, Myths and Realities

CRN: 
60085
Course Dates: 
Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 2011
Times: 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m
Instructor(s): 
Ahmad Amara
Course Catalogs: 
2011 Fall

The topic of Islam as religion and politics is misunderstood by many of its followers and non-followers. Myths are bandied about by many pundits, as well as others. This course will explore the distortions and realities, the text and context, the relevant and the archaic teachings in the twenty-first century world. Asked by Gallup what they admired about Islam, 57% of Americans responded “nothing” or “I don’t know.”

Ahmad Amara  was born in Jaffa, Palestine and maintains interest in Islamic issues, particularly women’s rights and status, the future of international religions, and political developments. He holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh, American University of Beirut, London University (Portsmouth) and the Official College of Languages in Madrid.