Religious Studies

Understanding Islam

With over 1.25 billion followers worldwide, Islam is today the world’s second largest and fastest growing religion. Estimates of the number of American Muslims now range between 2.3 and over 6 million, making Islam an increasingly important presence on the landscape of American religious life. Nevertheless, many Americans still feel that they know very little, and understand even less, about Islam. This broad introduction will outline the major tenets of Islamic faith, discuss the ritual practices of Islam, explore aspects of Islamic spirituality, and explain the rich diversity defining this great religious tradition.

Christopher Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion and Director, Middle East Studies Program, Drew University

Jerusalem: City of Joy and Sorrow

From the earliest mention in the Bible to today’s headlines, the city of Jerusalem has played a vital role in world history. Join us in this PowerPoint tour of maps and images as we trace the repeated rises and falls, twists and turns, of a city that sits at the intersection of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History, Kean University

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