The Baha'i Faith and Islam

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Posted by Jonah on May 06, 2000 at 03:19:57:

Wilmette Institute
Study of the Bahá'í Faith Program

World Religions: An Integrative Approach:
Islam for Deepening and Dialogue

TOPIC: The course will cover Muhammad and the religious tradition that sprang from His teachings; explore Islamic ideas, values, and practices; consider Islam's influence on civilization; and examine its foundational role in the Bahá'í Faith. By studying Islam Bahá'ís should obtain a greater appreciation of the Bahá'í Faith and acquire experience in relating the Faith to Muslims in an informed and respectful manner

DATES: June 1, 2000, to August 31, 2000

TEXTS: All are available from the Institute.
TUITION: $150 (Textbooks NOT included; $5 shipping NOT included)

A twenty percent tuition discount is available when registering as part of a local group of three or more (who pledge to meet together semimonthly to study the texts). Larger discounts are available for even larger groups who plan to study the course together.

There are no residential requirements as the course is conducted by correspondence and over the internet. The course is not part of the Spiritual Foundations program, which has a residential component.

College credit and scholarships may be available. Contact the registrar.

WORK EXPECTATIONS: The course takes five to ten hours of work each week and will involve:

  1. Reading and using the knowledge acquired. The course has three units involving reading about Islam, its texts, and its relationship to the Bahá'í Faith, respectively, for each which study questions are provided. Students wishing to take the course at the "introductory" level complete a learning self-assessment; those wishing to be challenged further can take the course at the "intermediate level" by completing a "religion study outline" about Islam. All students must also complete one other learning project of their choice, such as giving a fireside, creating curricular materials for a local study class, completing an artistic project, or writing an essay.

  2. Assistance by a mentor/advisor who reviews and comments on all homework and answers questions.

  3. For those who are part of local study groups, discussion assignments are provided.

  4. Participation in "ISLAM," the course's e-mail discussion group. Because of the speed and efficiency that e-mail provides, all students are urged to acquire e-mail for the course.

  5. Access to the course's password-protected web site, which includes additional study material and completed sample homework assignments.

  6. Voluntary participation in conference calls with up to five other students and a faculty member.

GRADING OPTIONS: The course is usually taken pass/fail with review and comments about assignments by the instructor. It may be taken for a grade (A, B, C, D, F). Those wishing to take it at the "advanced" (graduate-school) level should contact the Institute ahead of time.

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