Acton University 2017: June 20 – 23

Islam 101

Session 4: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 3:45pm - 5:00pm

This course explains the basic religious tenets of Islam, provides some background to their development, and then illustrates how they play out in the realms of politics, culture and economics.

Recommended Reading: 

HANDOUT: Islam 101

  • Akyol, Mustafa. Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty. WW Norton, 2011.
  • Armstrong, Karen. Islam: A Short History. Modern Library, 2002.Donner, Fred M. Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam. Harvard University Press, 2010.
  • Forte, David. "Islam's Trajectory," Real Clear Politics, August 2006.
  • Fuller, Graham E. "A World Without Islam," Foreign Policy, January 2008.
  • Hussain, Mohammad I. "An Introduction to Islam," EAWC, 1997.


Mustafa Akyol

Columnist, Hürriyet Daily News & Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East