Crash Course in Islam
By Voices and Visions
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Crash Course in Islam is a production of the Voices and Visions Project from the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University. This weekly podcast debunks common myths about the Islamic faith in brief, informational segments. Learn more at CrashCourseinIslam.org
||CleanThe Six Articles Of Faith||You may have heard of the Five Pillars of Islam, but have you heard of the Six Articles of Faith? The Five Pillars of Islam ndash; ...||3/26/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Nation Of Islam||In the early 20th Century something was happening in the United States. In addition to the struggles of the Depression and two world wars ndash; ...||3/11/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDo Muslims Work On Fridays?||For Muslims, Friday is the day of prayer. It is the one day a week Muslims are expected to pray in the mosque, but because ...||2/18/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is A Fatwa?||You may have heard the term fatwa before ndash; especially if yoursquo;re a fan of writer Salman Rushdie ndash; and you may think a fatwa ...||2/4/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Role Of Women In Islam||One issue that comes up quite often in discussions about Islam is the role of women in the faith ndash; with many non-Muslims wondering if ...||1/7/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanShaking Hands In The Muslim World||For many people shaking hands when meeting someone is as routine as taking a breath. But for some Muslims shaking hands isnrsquo;t that easy. Many conservative ...||12/24/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMuslim Holidays||Each year, you can count on most businesses being closed Christmas and Thanksgiving. Easter, too, is a holiday when an office might close up for ...||12/17/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIslamic Finance||With the current state of the economy itrsquo;s hard not to have money on the mind. Or not to wince when hearing reports of gauging ...||12/3/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Muslim Greeting||If yoursquo;ve ever heard Muslims greet each other, yoursquo;ve probably heard the standard Muslim greeting. One person says: Asalaam Alaykum ndash; roughly translated to ldquo;Peace be ...||11/16/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDo Muslims Observe The Sabbath?||While Muslims do not celebrate the Sabbath like Jews or Christians, they do have a day of prayer that is a lot like many Christian ...||4/22/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAre All Muslims Arabs?||Islam arose out of the Arabian Desert ndash; its most holy places are Medina and Mecca in what is now Saudi Arabia and the original ...||4/15/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Will Of Allah||Islam, like some branches of Christianity, adheres to the idea of predestination. For Muslims, Allah knows and sees everything ndash; he knows the outcomes good ...||4/8/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHoly Men In Islam||In the news we hear a lot about imams ndash; men who lead specific mosques or Muslim communities. But, unlike other faiths, there is no ...||4/1/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanExcommunication In Islam||Traditionally, a person is excommunicated from Christianity and Judaism when he or she commits a sin that disrupts the religious community or is simply unforgivable. ...||3/25/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Arabic Language||Muslims believe Arabic words have holy power and a special relationship with Allah. Because of this, Muslims pray and read the Qurrsquo;an in Arabic, no ...||3/18/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Different Levels Of Heaven In Islam||Muslims, like people of many faiths, believe in an afterlife. In Heaven and in Hell. But there is no original sin in Islam. So, everyone ...||3/4/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCharitable Giving: The Practice Of Zakat||Like tithing or alms-giving in Judaism and Christianity, Muslims are required to donate a certain amount of their wealth to charitymdash;this practice, which is commonly ...||2/25/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMuslim Profession Of Faith||In Christian faiths, to become a full-fledged member of the religion one must be baptized. To become a Muslim, however, a person simply needs to ...||2/11/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Crescent Moon And Islam||For many people the image of the crescent moon and Islam go hand-in-hand. The two have become so entwined in the popular imagination that ...||2/4/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe History Of Harems||Itrsquo;s been a staple of novels and films about the ldquo;exotic eastrdquo; ndash; the harem. Itrsquo;s typically shown as a large room full of beautiful ...||1/28/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Five Pillars Of Islam||The Five Pillars of Islam are the foundation of the entire faith. Without the pillars there is no Islam. The pillars include: The profession of ...||1/21/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMuslim Prayer: How Do Muslims Pray?||Every day millions of Muslims turn toward Mecca and pray. They are required to pray five times a day ndash; at daybreak, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset ...||1/14/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWho Are The Sufis?||Many religions have a mystical branch and Islam is no different ndash; in Islam, the Sufis are the mystics. Named after the course wool garment ...||1/7/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJerusalem And Islam||Jerusalem is a sacred place in Islam. It is the third holiest shrine, after Mecca and Medina. This is, in part, because of the cityrsquo;s ...||12/24/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is Islamic Art?||There is a lot of debate over what exactly is ldquo;Muslimrdquo; or ldquo;Islamicrdquo; art. How do you define the art of a religion that spans ...||12/17/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIshmael And Islam||In the Old Testament Abraham cannot have a child with his wife, Sarah. So, she gives him her handmaiden Hagar. With Hagar Abraham has a ...||12/10/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is Jihad?||Many people outside Islam think they know what jihad means ndash; "holy war," theyrsquo;ve been told by pundits or reporters. And, in part, theyrsquo;re righthellip;but ...||12/3/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArabs And Islam: Are All Arabs Muslim?||The short answer to that question is no, they arenrsquo;t. Although Islam is the predominate religion among Arabs, there are a number of Christians and Jews ...||11/26/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDoes Islam Allow Polygamy?||Yoursquo;ve seen it in movies or read about it in books ndash; a caliph or prince surveying his harem full of beautiful wives and concubines. ...||11/19/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIs The Hijab Required Dress For Muslim Women?||For many people, when they think of Muslim dress, they think of the headscarf. Or, hijab, as itrsquo;s come to be known. There is some ...||11/12/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAngels In Islam||Some non-Muslims might be surprised to hear is that the Angel Gabriel is also an important figure in Islam. It was actually Gabriel who recited ...||11/5/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDo Muslims Believe In Jesus?||Jesus is a special figure for both Christians and Muslims. Christians view Jesus as the divine son of God and a savior, but in Islam, ...||10/29/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDo Muslims Eat Meat? Islam And Halal||Halal means lsquo;permissiblersquo; in Arabic. So, Muslims cannot eat foods that are not lsquo;Halalrsquo;. Similar to Jewish Kosher laws, Muslims cannot eat any pork or pig ...||10/14/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAre Non-Muslims Allowed To Go To Mosque?||Historically, the Islamic world has been relatively tolerant and accepting of other religions. However, non-believers were usually prohibited from entering mosques in the past. Today, there ...||10/8/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is The Meaning Of The Word “Islam”?||In Arabic, the word ldquo;Islam" means submission or surrender ndash; however, it was derived from the root word "salam". From this root word, you can ...||10/1/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Myth Of Monolithic Islam||The two major groups within the Islam are the Sunni and Shia ndash; the Sunni considered by many the ldquo;orthodoxrdquo; branch of Islam, making up ...||9/24/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDo Muslims Worship Muhammad?||Many people think Muslims worship Muhammad ndash; but thatrsquo;s not true. Muhammad is not a deity. Instead Muslims believe he is the last in a ...||9/17/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
Failed attempt to explain a religion
This is more of a course that crashed rather than a crash course. These people don't know much, and they're not even Muslim. Some society media statistical program. You wouldn't go to a baby doctor with a mechanical problem on your car, so why would you listen to some poor, very poor explanation of what a non Muslim thinks Islam is. And he actually blaspheemed against God All Mighty in one of the clips. Ok how do you sum up one of the largest religions in the world in 1 minute clips? Not worth downloading.
The rare jewel.
I will first admit to not having listened to all of this series but what I did listen to I was quite impressed with. I will secondly admit to being Muslim, I grew up Catholic, though. I embraced Islam almost twelve years ago and have been learning about Islam as I've been learning about this wonderful life God is unfolding before my eyes ever since.
The one thing I have been impressed with when I happen to come across it, regarding Islam as portrayed and/or explained by non-Muslims, is objectivity. This collection is one of those rare jewels I've encountered that I'd recommend to non-Muslims that is also from a non-Muslim source. It appears well-researched and presented in a fairly succinct manner which I can imagine would be of great benefit to this ADHD generation of ours! lol
Don't know much about Islam but would (sincerely) like to and would, perhaps, prefer a non-Muslim source to start off with (hey, I was a skeptic, too)? Then yes, I'd recommend this for you.
Complete Whitewash for western ears
First off, it has no depth. Only gives a 'pretty' description of terms often heard but not understood. Not unlike 'Western' translations of the Quran meant to be 'pleasant' to western rationale. One has to note that unlike the bible, the Quran is meant to be the DIRECT word of Allah, without ANY interpretation of its meaning. Its directives are to be adhered to VERBATIM, or you are to be admonished as an infidel, whom any 'believer' is DIRECTED to do harm to any 'nonbeliever' (women are allowed to be kidnapped first to try to convert). I have read the Quran in its entirerty, not a 'westernized' version that has been changed. I feel that if most muslims living in western countries ever read the unrevised, direct wording, of the REAL Quran, they would completely understand that there is no "Radical" islam. Any muslim who does not torture and kill "non-believers" are the ones who are not following thier own holy book.