Islamic Arts & Science

A quick recap of important terms:

Dar al-Islam — The House of Islam

Jihad — the holy war or spiritual struggle against infidels

Sharia — Islamic Holy Law

Umma — the Community of the faithful

 

Videos:

Pay attention to the representation of Muslims in the following three clips (from The Mummy, True Lies, and Malcolm X).

 

Misconceptions about Islam:

Pragmatic (eating pork and going on the Hajj)

Dynamic (continuing to develop)

Not necessarily fundamental or extremist

 

Themes:

Unity vs. Fragmentation

Right practice vs. Sincere belief

Rationalism vs. Mysticism

Exoteric vs. Esoteric

 

Muhammad’s death (632):

  1. If Muhammad is the "Seal of the Prophets" then there can be no other prophets
  2. Loss of a political leader who can arbitrate differences
  3. Loss of connection with God
    1. Source of Divine revelation
    2. Interpreter of revelation
    3. Model Muslim