Islam 101

What are the basic teachings of Islam? How do they compare to those of Judaism and Christianity? Who was the historical Muhammad? How one should make sense of controversial concepts such as sharia, jihad or caliphate? This lecture will present answers to such questions, while also offering an objective analysis of the doctrinal problems in the contemporary Muslim world.


Recommended Readings: Contained in Islam 101 handout below

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Mustafa Akyol

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity