Class 8: Race and Religion (Part II)

Dalia Mogahed on Race and Religion

Instructor: Dalia Mogahed, CEO, Mogahed Consulting

In the past few years, anti-Muslim sentiment is rising in the U.S. Qurans and mosques have been burned or defaced, hysteria fanned around the alleged imposition of sharia law, and hateful advertising campaigns mounted. The response from some Muslims internationally has been violent demonstrations against U.S. Embassies, including the killing of an ambassador.

As immigration and changing demographics have reshaped the religious landscape, how will Christians relate to their neighbors of other faiths? We will study important stories of shared history, theological similarities and differences, and aspirations for social justice that both Christians and Muslims share as communities of faith. Religious differences provide fertile ground for animosity and misunderstanding. Over the years, both Muslims and Christians have dealt with extremists who distort the character of true belief. Significant, intelligent dialogue and the development of authentic friendships across religious lines are key to deepening Christians’ and Muslims’ faith. A new alliance between prophetic religious leaders across our many faith traditions is the best way to defeat the threats of modern fundamentalism.

Readings:

Rauf, Feisal Abdul. “What Does It Take to Wage Peace? A Scriptural Vision of Peace Among the Abrahamic Faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” Address. Bridging the Chasm between Islam and America Reflections of an American Muslim Imam. Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. 10 Apr. 2003. Asmasociety.org. The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA). Web.

Smietana, Bob. “Peace Be Upon Them.” Sojourners Sept.-Oct. 2011: 16+. sojo.net. Sojourners, July 2011. Web.

Wallis, Jim. “Who Wins When the U.S. Restricts Religious Freedom?” Web blog post. sojo.net. Sojourners, 5 Aug. 2010. Web.

Wallis, Jim. “9/11: What Have We Learned?” Sojourners Sept.-Oct. 2011: 7. sojo.net. Sojourners, July 2011. Web.

“What Is the Contribution of Religions Toward Peace?” Asmasociety.org. The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), n.d. Web.

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