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This course provides a comprehensive study of contemporary Muslim challenges in the West and the Muslim world, including current misconceptions about Islam by both Muslims and non-Muslims. Students will explore the historical causes and development of these challenges and misconceptions, their impact on the psychological, social, economic and political domains, and their theoretical and practical solutions. At the end of the course, students will have acquired a nuanced understanding of contemporary challenges such as Islamophobia, assimilation, extremism, racism, nationalism and gender equity. Students who complete this class will possess an awareness of these issues and how to respond to them both inside and outside the Muslim community.
“My experience with BIS has been transformative. I have had direct access to scholars and their knowledge, alhamdulillah in a way I have never experienced before. We’ve deeply explored the Muslim experience academically, challenging many of my previously held beliefs and narratives. I am forever grateful to BIS, the scholars and the organizers for this experience”.