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UPDATES to Fall 2014 sessions:

LOCATION: Discussions occurring at Princeton have been moved to East Pyne, Rm 239.

Why do Muslims believe in God and that Muhammad (pbuh) was a prophet? What is the role of logic in the Islamic tradition? Why isn’t Mu’awiya considered a rightly-guided caliph? Why do scholars reject some hadith from the collections of Bukhari and Muslim? How did the ancient world influence Muslim views on race and gender? Does Sufism offer any explanation for its practices? What is Shi’ism and how does it differ from Sunnism? How are some youth drawn to extremism and terrorism? What are progressive Muslim opinions regarding pluralism, war, governance, and sexuality in the modern world?

“The Study of Muslim Conflicts” is a course free and open to the public. All interested in attending are welcome to visit all or any of the lectures and discussions.

Students and working professionals of all faith backgrounds interested in the academic study of Islam may attend this discussion intended to enrich us in both the spiritual and intellectual tradition of Islam. This course elucidates the underlying arguments that fuel conflicts between Muslims worldwide and introduces students to the assumptions, methods, and goals of academic studies on Islam and how they differ from traditional studies.

Carefully studying conflicts helps to overcome them.