with Barry Ferst
author and philosophy professor, Carroll College
Ferst explains how a Muslim’s life is rooted in the stories of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, and how that life is guided by the Koran and sharia. He explores parallels between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, the three Abrahamic faiths, to illuminate the religion, culture, and history of Islam. His presentation is premised on three reasons for why a discussion of Islam is so important at this time: 1) the need for Americans to gain an understanding of the rapidly growing number of their fellow citizens who are of the Islamic faith, 2) the need for insight into the cultures of those Muslim countries to which the United States’ affairs are so closely tied, and 3) the fact that Islam is a fascinating religion and way of life.