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State of a Civilization: Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century

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How did Islam begin, and where is it going?

Scholar Sarah Eltantawi reveals the past religious and political conditions that led to the current state of the world’s second largest religion. Learn about the rise of Islam in Arabia and the codification the Qur’an and Hadith (sayings of the Prophet Mohammed), which were the foundation for the development of Islamic law. Explore Islamic art and architecture, and learn about sufism—the mystical tradition in Islam—and its poetry.

How has this history influenced contemporary Islam, including political Islam? The talk then focuses on the content and context of the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, including their goals and tactics, and traces how the Brotherhood have influenced political Islam in the region.

  • When
  • October 11, 2018
    7:30 pm
  • Where
  • Olympia Timberland Library
    313 8th Ave SE Olympia, WA 98501 United States
  • Who
  • Sarah Eltantawi
  • Host
  • Olympia Timberland Library
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