Wednesday, November 01, 2006


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I have had horrible experiences with the study of Islam in a secular University setting. I believe that it is because there is a necessary perspective that is missing from the majority of students. They try to apply a western and worldly mentality to a subject that does not comply to the parameters that they are using (i.e...the classic apples and oranges comparison). Inshallah, these courses will faire better. There is a need for quality instruction on the topic to non-Muslims. I have taken graduate courses where I was the only Muslim student in the class and all of the students were more concerned about being quoted in the paper about some global matter that was loosely associated to Islam, than they were about truly mastering the subject. Unfortunately, many of them received degrees and are now teaching and speaking on Islam and they don't know what they are talking about. It is truly a case of the blind leading the blind. Because they have advanced degrees, they are taken as subject experts by those that know little or nothing about Islam. This is really a shame.

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