Zackery Heern

Islam 101: Beliefs, Practices, and History of 1.6 Billion People

After Christianity, Islam is the largest religion and global culture on the planet. However, in the United States relatively little is known about the beliefs, practices, and history of Islam, which was founded in the late 500s CE by Muhammad, whose claim to prophethood was the Qur’an. What are the ideals laid out in the Qur’an that provided the foundation for a new civilization? One generation after Muhammad, Muslims ruled the swath of territory from Spain to India. Today, more Muslims live east of this region than in the Middle East itself. What are the basic beliefs and practices of this global community? This lecture outlines answers to these questions.