Academy of Lifelong Learning



Social Science

Tuesdays, October 24 – November 28 (five weeks)

*No classes the week of Thanksgiving.

4:15 – 5:30 pm



In this course we talk about Islam, particularly as it is practiced, and try to understand how it has become the fastest growing religion in the world today. We consider briefly the basic tenets of Islam; its early history and schisms within what was then a revolutionary movement; and more recent vicissitudes it has faced in various parts of the world. We then look at the lives of ordinary individuals in contemporary Muslim societies. Particular attention is given to the peripheries, to North Africa and to the Far East, which offer significant contrasts in the way Islam is practiced on a daily basis. Discussion is welcome as we grapple with some of the problems faced by Muslims today, including the rise of radical Islam, Islamophobia in the West, and the attempts to ban citizens of certain Muslim countries from entering the US. 


SUE KENYON is Professor Emerita of Anthropology from Butler University in Indianapolis. She has spent more than a decade living in Muslim societies, notably Sudan and Indonesia, and has published extensively on the lives and religion of women in Sudan.