This course will take an academic approach to understanding the beliefs and prescribed practices of the religion of Islam. We will learn about the origins of the faith and the resulting system of values and laws. The course is by no means comprehensive but is rather designed to familiarize students with commonly discussed concepts pertaining to Islam. In addition to beliefs and practices, other selected topics will be covered such as morality, gender roles, Sharia, and jihad. The intent of this course is to leave students better informed about one of the world’s major religions.
GROUP LEADER: Mona Ives is an American-born Muslim who fuses her American heritage with her Islamic studies. After starting a major in International Relations at Boston University, Mrs. Ives continued her education in Pakistan where she studied Arabic and Islamic Theology with a specialization in Comparative Religion at the International Islamic University in Islamabad. Mrs. Ives now serves as the President of Ansaar of Worcester and focuses her efforts on Islamic education, interfaith activities and outreach into the Worcester community and charity work. She is also a middle school teacher at Alhuda Academy, a private Islamic school in Worcester.
OPTIONAL BOOKS: Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings. ISBN# 978-1594771538 or 1594771537.
Islam in Focus 2nd Edition by Hammudah Abdal-Ati. ISBN# 978-0915957743 or 0915957744.
The Holy Quran - any translation for your reference or access to Quran.com on your smart phone.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609