Instructor: Liat Alon, PhD
Dr. Liat Alon will lead us in a mini-course to explore timely questions related to the Islamic religious tradition and its connections with Judaism. Together, we will study issues like the Muslim relationship with Yom Kippur, how Jerusalem is discussed in the Quran, and the connection between the prophet Muhammed. We will ask questions like, "How did the concept of Jihad become a central religious pillar for some Muslims?" and "How are the terms Allah and Elohim connected?" Each of these questions will allow us to know and understand more about the geopolitical climate of the Middle East and gain more nuance in understanding current events like the recent conflicts between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Watching Life of Muhammed on Amazon Prime Video (amazon.com) is recommended but not required to participate in this mini-course.