“Understanding Islam” Please respond to the following questions:
- The Qur’an plays a central role in Islam alongside the life and teachings of Muhammad. What is the Qur’an? What is its role in the life of Muslims? According to Islam, what makes the book different from all other books of scripture (give 3 examples)?
- Islam and Muslims appear frequently in the American news media. Unfortunately, much of the coverage portrays the religion and its followers in a negative light. Choose one misunderstood Islamic issue/belief/practice often emphasized by the media. Then discuss how this issue is actually addressed/practiced in Islam. What steps could both Muslims and Westerners do to foster a better understanding of Islam in the West?