"I wish I could take your class. I need a refresher!" So many people would say this to me when I taught World Civilizations and Geography.
While I definitely pushed my students and expected a lot from them, the curriculum was designed to be a "first peek" at the world's history. I mean, it was 9th grade. For the most part, we took a "breadth over depth" approach. Some topics we dove into deeply, but most were general in nature.
From conversations with many adults about the content, I quickly realized that most adults need and want a world history refresher at the 9th grade level! Many people don't remember much from their high school classes, didn't major in anything political or historical in college or didn't go to college, and find themselves wishing they knew a bit more than they do.
Enter: 5 Basic Points. Simplified, 9th-grade-ish summaries of major concepts in the world. Alli-style. :)
The Religion of Islam
Today I'd like to do a short recap on the religion of Islam. It is currently a holy time for Muslims, and a lot of news is focused on the religion. For those who know little of the religion, here is a very simple explanation to get you started.
Let's be clear, this is very simple. One can never, ever reduce a religion to just a few paragraphs! Naturally, every Muslim practices their religion a little differently than the next person.
5 BASIC POINTS
1. The religion is called "Islam." Most members of this faith call themselves "Muslims." Their place of worship is called a "mosque."
2. Founded in 622 AD by Muhammad. Muslims consider him a prophet. Muslims believe in many prophets, including Abraham and Moses.
3. The main book of scripture in the religion is the Qu'ran. Muhammad proclaimed the book.
4. Muslims are monotheistic (they worship one god) and call him "Allah."
5. There are 5 Basic Tenants of Islam:
I will do a more in-depth look soon on the religion of Islam, but I hope this simple take on it is helpful to those who would like to learn the basics. Ramadan is happening right now, and there are all kinds of beautiful articles (as well as misinformation) circulating about the religion and how Muslims in the United States practice their faith. Instead of scrolling Instagram today, open up an article and learn a little more about a very prominent religion in the world!
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