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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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UW-Eau Claire to Offer
Class on Islam
MAILED: Oct. 16, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — Community individuals, journalists, educators, students and leaders who are interested in learning more about Islam can take “Islam in the World: An Introduction to Islam and Current World Events,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 23 through Nov. 27, in Hibbard Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. There will be no class on Nov. 20.
         The course will provide an introduction to the historical and geographical context of Muhammad, monotheism, biblical sources, the Koran and the expansion of Islamic civilization. The course also will  include an overview of contemporary Islam in the world; Islam in practice such as prayer, fasting and Islamic theology; an introduction to spirituality and cultural expressions in art, music and poetry; and an analysis of Islam in the 21st century.
         Cost is $145.91 for one undergraduate credit or $250.14 for one graduate credit. Currently enrolled UW-Eau Claire students can register online with no additional cost if carrying between 12 and 18 credits.
         Course instructor, Dr. Brett Greider, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies, has taught courses on Islam at three colleges and universities, and studied for his doctorate in religion and the arts with one of the world’s experts on religions and terrorism, Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer. Greider has traveled extensively in Muslim societies, including Afghanistan and Iran, and twice lived in Israel for several months.
         For more information, contact LaVone Sneen, Continuing Education at (715) 836-3636. To register, contact Registration Services at (715) 836-2425.
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Updated: Oct. 16, 2001