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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a world religion and Islam unit of a standard introduction to world religion course. Topics covered include:
- Muhammad and the beginnings of Islam
- The Qur'an and the Hadith
- Five pillars of the Islamic faith
- Islamic life and Sharia law
- Islam's spread and the progress of the caliphates
- Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire
- Scientific, artistic, medical and literary accomplishments
- The Sunni and the Shiite
- Off-shoots of Islam
- Islamic fundamentalism and world politics
1. Mohammed and the Birth of Islam
Out of the deserts of Arabia would come a man who would change the world. He was Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, and this lesson serves as a brief summary of his life and the founding of the religion of Islam.
2. The Qur'an and the Hadith: Islamic Revelation
This lesson will focus on the Koran and the Hadith as sacred texts of Islam. In doing so, it will highlight the Muslim monotheistic belief in Allah and the revelation of the Koran to Muhammad.
3. Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law
The Five Pillars of Islam are the foundation of the world's second largest faith. They are characterized by a simplicity that encourages peaceful cooperation between people, which is one reason for the religion's widespread devotion. This lesson will detail each of the five and show how they relate to the daily lives of practicing Muslims.
4. Islamic Life and Sharia Law: Faith & Culture
Today's lesson will explore Sharia law in reference to fundamentalist Islam. In doing so, it will highlight the concept of Sharia law as the True Path. It will also discuss its origins in the sacred texts of Islam known as the Koran, the Sunnah, and the Hadith.
5. The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates
After the death of Mohammed, Islam continued to spread through Arabia, the Middle East and Africa. This lesson is an overview of Islam's progress from the faith of Mecca to a faith for all the world.
6. Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits
This lesson will focus on Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire. It will highlight his conquests of Eastern Europe and his wars with the Habsburg Dynasty. It will also discuss the cultural advancements of his rule.
7. Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments
The Abbasid caliphate (750-1258 CE) oversaw the Golden Age of Islam. Learn about the accomplishments of Muslim scholars in art, literature, science, medicine and mathematics during this time.
8. Islam Divides: The Sunni and the Shiite
This lesson will seek to explain the divide between the Sunnis and Shiites of Islamic culture. In doing so, it will highlight the Prophet Muhammad, Ali, Abu Bakr, and the position of Islamic Caliph.
9. Off-Shoots of Islam: The Sufi and Bahai
This lesson will seek to explain the Islamic offshoots of Sufism and the Bahai Movement. In doing so, it will highlight both the similarities and differences in reference to Orthodox Islam and its teachings on the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran.
10. Islamic Fundamentalism and World Politics: Wahhabi Movement, Muslim Brotherhood & Jihad
This lesson will seek to explain the impact of Wahhabism and the Muslim Brotherhood on Islam and the world's politics. In doing so, it will highlight the Koran and Sharia law and their influence in places like Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
11. Hijab: Definition and Relation to Islam
Images of Muslim women wearing a head covering known as a hijab are not unfamiliar to Western eyes. But why do some Muslims wear the hijab, and what does it signify? Learn about the history of the hijab and the surprising parallels within other religions.
12. Monotheism in Islam: History & Definition
This lesson will cover the definition and history of the religion of Islam, focusing on the concept of monotheism, or the belief in one and only one God.
13. Where is Mecca Located? - Definition, Pilgrimage & History
This lesson will describe the location of Mecca and the important role it plays in the Islamic religion. We will explore what is known of its history and its importance to Muslims today.
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Other chapters within the Introduction to World Religions: Help and Review course
- Bygone Religions: Help and Review
- World Religion: Hinduism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Buddhism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Confucianism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Taoism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Judaism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Christianity: Help and Review
- Catholic Saints
- Overview of Jainism
- The Apostles