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Understanding Islam: A Muslim Woman’s Perspective

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1:00 pm to Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 3:00 pm
Where: The Engineering Center • 1 Walnut Street • Boston


Hayat Imam

A Muslim Woman’s Perspective on the Essence of Islam, the Diversity of the Muslim World, and its Relationship with the West


Tuesdays, March 20 – April 24               1:00 pm – 3:00 pm                    6 Sessions

By some accounts, over 60% of US citizens say they have never met a Muslim or know much about the religion of Islam. Under such circumstances, misunderstandings and stereotypes find room to grow and develop. Yet, in this increasingly connected globe, it’s clear that our hope for survival lies in fostering understanding and empathy. In this course an American Muslim, who has lived and worked in many Muslim countries, will share facts and figures about Islam, but also her personal lived experiences as a practicing Muslim, as an immigrant, and as a peace activist. The goal of this course is to shed light and build bridges through exposure to new knowledge about Islam and Muslims, and to address some of the misconceptions that get in the way of making deeper connections. This course will offer information that may feel challenging, and share glimpses of what Muslims experience, feel and believe. But, in this process, we may end up being surprised, and delighted, to find that people we thought of as very different are more akin to us than we realized! 

The course is offered in six sessions that will cover the following topics:

  1. Islamic Culture and the Diversity of the Muslim World
  2. What’s at the Heart of Islam
  3. The Early History of Islam and its Contributions to Civilization
  4. The Relationship between the West and Islamic Societies and a Look at Muslims in the USA
  5. The Impact of US Militarism on Muslim Countries
  6. Visualizing a Way Forward for a United States that is Peaceful, Accepting and Supportive of all its Citizens

Each session will include a presentation, interspersed with time for questions and answers. A few guest lecturers will be invited to enhance certain topics.

Pre-Registration required:

Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion    Weekly Prep: Occasional Readings

Hayat Imam is an American-Muslim of Bangladeshi origin. She is a feminist-activist committed to building global social justice movements. Former Executive Director of the Boston Women’s Fund and Board Chair of Grassroots International, she is an active member of Mass Peace Action and Dorchester People for Peace. Hayat was a keynote speaker at the Boston Women’s March in January 2017.

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