Understanding Islam Course

CAIR PA instructor Iftekhar HussainCAIR-Pennsylvania has developed a 10-part course titled “Understanding Islam and Muslims through History and Jurisprudence”. This course has been taught at over two dozen venues and is offered regularly. Sign up for our email list to be notified about the next series. You can also contact CAIR-Pennsylvania to request this class to be offered at your institution.

Course Description

This course approaches Islam from a historical and scriptural perspective, covering the foundations of the religion and then building on the economic, political and cultural institutions that arose in Muslim societies. It covers the Golden Age of Muslim civilization and then discusses its decline. Contemporary issues faced by Muslims and Muslim societies will be covered. A final unit will be the involvement of the U.S. in the Muslim world and its ramifications.

Introductory material for the course is now available online. See below to download a PDF file explaining the basic teachings of Islam.

New: Download Islam 100: Fundamental Teachings of Islam (pdf)


  • Week 1 – Religious Beliefs and Practices
  • Week 2 – Sources and Samples of Scriptures
  • Week 3 – Jesus in the Qur’an
  • Week 4 – Islamic Political and Economic System
  • Week 5 – Islamic Political and Economic System continued
  • Week 6 – Gender and Islam
  • Week 7 – Gender and Islam continued
  • Week 8 – The Golden Age
  • Week 9 – Post Golden Age: Decline and Reform Movements and US Involvement in the Muslim World
  • Week 10 – Post Golden Age continued

Please contact CAIR-Pennsylvania to request a speaker on Islam and Muslims or to schedule the course at your institution.

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