Islam 101: A Primer
Osher (50+). In this course, we study the basic tenets of Islam, based on established academic principles.
About this course:
An inquiry into the basic tenets of Islam, the fastest-growing religion in the world today. Lectures are based on established academic, scholarly principles which systematically and objectively analyze the doctrines and practices of world religions. Such inquiry will, it is hoped, clarify and elucidate the basic beliefs of this faith and lead to a deeper, richer understanding and appreciation of this major world religion. Suggested books include: John Sabini's Islam: A Primer, a highly respected volume that has effectively introduced students and U.S. diplomats to Islam for years, and Islam, The Straight Path by John Esposito, hailed as one of the most distinguished contemporary scholars of Islam. Two field trips are planned a tour of the exhibit of contemporary Islamic art at LACMA and one to an Indian/Bangladesh restaurant.