Resources for use with "Understanding Islam: the Mini-Course," produced in collaboration with the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary.


What Sort of Muslim Are You?
A quiz for Muslims to assess where they fall on a conservative to liberal spectrum

Test your knowledge of Islam
A quiz for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to flex their brainpower.


Learn About Islam

Islam Challenge & Critique
Islam Basics

Synopsis of Beliefs and Practices

The Meaning of "Islam"
At the very core of Islam is submission to
God and the call to peace.

The Five Pillars of Islam
Learn what core beliefs all Muslims share.

Explore Ramadan and Hajj, the two biggest holidays on the Muslim calendar.

A Brief History of Islam
Everything you always wanted to know, from Islam's 'golden age' to the meaning of 'jihad'.


Islam & Violence

Islam and Violence
Islam specialist John Esposito says our acquaintance with Islam has just begun, and at the wrong place.

The Struggle for the Soul of Muslim Youth
Who defines Islam in the Middle East now?

Does Islam Condone Suicide Bombings?
Suicide bombers wage a distinctly modern type of warfare not sanctioned in any faith.


Being Muslim in America

Today I Am Three People
Reflections of a Muslim convert.

I'm an American Muslim and I'm Afraid
Let's not let suspicion run rampant.

Hakeem Olajuwon: The Beliefnet Interview
One of the NBA's greats talks about finding peace in Islam.

Have Qur'an, Will Travel
A young Meccan reciter makes his way in America.


Recommended Links

Hartford Seminary's Guide to Islamic Sites
The Mosque in America: A National Portrait
Islam in Canada
Islamic Society of North America
Islamic Circle of North America
Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada
The Sunnah Islamic Page
The Near East Collection at Yale University

Recommended Books

Islam: A Concise Introduction By Neal Robinson

Islam in America By Jane I. Smith

Islam, Gender, and Social Change By Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and John L. Esposito

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