Understanding Islam

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Understanding Islam

  • Professor at the School of International Service,
  • Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies
12 Lectures (4 CDs)
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This is the thoughtful, comprehensive, extraordinarily well-taught course on Islam you’ve always wanted.  

In these 12 erudite lectures, renowned Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed introduces you to the Islamic world, an exploration few Westerners have experienced. Through this unique lecture series, you'll explore the life of the Prophet of Islam as well as the Quran's five pillars, which govern the beliefs and behavior of Muslims everywhere. Learn how the incredible legacies of the great Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires still influence the Arab world, Iran and South Asia while exploring Islam in other parts of the world. The current Muslim struggle to preserve tradition in an age of globalization and ethnic and religious strife are examined in detail. Professor Ahmed explores all these issues with insight and sympathy, penetrating beyond stereotypes to the realities of Islamic life.

Professor Ahmed offers a message of hope and reconciliation between the Western world and the Islamic world by leveraging the power of dialogue to build bridges across ethnic, religious and cultural divides. With dialogue comes knowledge and understanding. 

This lecture series is essential for anyone hoping to learn more about the Islamic world and its people, and to understand the world in which we live.
Material in this program was adapted from four books by Dr. Ahmed: Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor Word (Polity Press, 2005), Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World (I.B. Tauris, 1999), Journey Into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (Brookings Institution Press, 2007), Discovering Islam (Routledge Press, 2002).

Material in this program was adapted from four books by Dr. Ahmed: Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor Word (Polity Press, 2005), Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World (I.B. Tauris, 1999), Journey Into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (Brookings Institution Press, 2007), Discovering Islam (Routledge Press, 2002).

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Topic Titles
  • Introduction: Encountering Islam
  • The Quran and the Prophet of Islam
  • The Five Pillars of Islam
  • Shia/Sunni Differences and the Sufis of Islam
  • Women in Islam
  • Tribes in Islam
  • The Legacy of Arab Dynasties
  • Andalusia: The Time of Harmony
  • The Three Great Muslim Empires
  • The Muslim World under Western Colonization
  • Modernity and Muslim Leadership
  • Conclusion: The Way Forward
About Your Presenter
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ph.D., is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., and the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland. Named “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC, Ambassador Ahmed also serves as a trustee for the World Faiths Development Dialogue. Previously, he served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S Naval Academy, and the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. He has taught as well at Harvard and Princeton Universities.
 
Ambassador Ahmed’s numerous books, films, and documentaries have won many awards, and he is regularly interviewed on CNN, CBC, and BBC. He is the recipient of the Star of Excellence, one of Pakistan’s highest honors; the 2004 Gandhi Memorial Center Peace Award; the 2007 Purpose Prize; and many other honors. In 2004, he was given the Professor of the Year Award for Washington DC by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support ...
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The content is objective, carefully done, and sensitive. Review by Carla (Posted on 4/28/2016)
The best and most eloquent exposition of Islam I have ever heard.
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The best and most eloquent exposition of Islam I have ever heard. The presenter is erudite, gentle and learned. Review by James (Posted on 9/3/2015)
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