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Title:The Effects of Islam Studies Courses on the Perception of Islam
Author(s):Masrura Faruque
Subject(s):non-Muslims, Muslims, Islam, courses, Islamic Studies
Abstract:Through my research, I examined the benefits and disadvantages that Islam-related courses offered on the UIUC campus have on the way Non-Muslims perceive Muslims. I observed and saw whether taking an Islam-related class helps to change some of the mindsets that students had of Islam and Muslims before becoming a bit more educated on the religion. I also researched whether instructors are addressing these common misconceptions into their curriculum and teaching what is factual about Islam. Does taking Islam-related classes help to change one’s perception of Islam and Muslims?
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:AAS258 Spring 2011 Muslims in America
Professor Junaid Rana
Introduction to the study of Muslims in the United States and broadly the history of Islam in the Americas. Using a comparative approach, we study how the historical narrative of African American and Latino Muslims relates to newer immigrant populations, primarily Arab American and South Asian American Muslim communities.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-03

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