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Thank you for your interest in the Understanding Islam Mini-Course, which took place in October, 2001.

Beliefnet is working hard to try to set up more of these courses. Keep your eyes open for notice of new courses.

About the Course
For three weeks, respected Islamic scholars guided participants in exploring both the basics of Islam and the current hot-button issues. Participants discussed questions like: Does Islam really condone violence, as Osama bin Laden says? Is it a peaceful religion that's been hijacked by terrorists? How is it similar to or different from other faiths?

You may be able to get some sense of things by touring through our Understanding Islam resource area. Start off with a quiz testing your knowledge of the religion. The answer page then has links to interesting resources (especially for the questions you got wrong).

View transcripts of the October mini-courses:
  • Course led by Ibrahim Abu-Rabi
  • Course led by Ingrid Mattson
  • Course led by Jane I. Smith
  • Course led by Ian Markham
  • Course led by Steven Blackburn

    Our thanks to the organizations and individuals whose generous cooperation made this mini-course possible:

    • Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary
    • Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf, President, American Sufi Muslim Association
    • Ibrahim Abu-Rabi, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, Co-Director, Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations; Co-Editor, The Muslim World
    • Steven Blackburn, Professor of Arabic and Learning Resources Librarian, Hartford Seminary
    • Ian Markham, Dean, Hartford Seminary and Professor in Christian Theology and Ethics
    • Ingrid Mattson, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
    • Jane I. Smith, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, Co-Director, Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations; Co-Editor, The Muslim World
    • Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

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