What are the basic teachings of Islam? How do they compare to those of Judaism and Christianity? Who was the historical Muhammad? How should one make sense of controversial concepts such as sharia, jihad, and caliphate? This lecture will present answers to such questions by offering an objective analysis of the doctrinal problems in the contemporary Muslim world, as well as by highlighting the seeds of freedom and tolerance in the Islamic tradition.
Recommended Readings: Contained in Islam 101 handout below