In 2014, Dr. Younus Mirza participated in a Teaching Interfaith Understanding faculty development seminar, run in partnership between the Council of Independent Colleges and Interfaith Interfaith America, and generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. For information on future seminars, and to access more resources created by seminar alumni, visit The Council of Independent Colleges.
This course is a study of Islam’s interaction with major world religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. We examine how Islam theological contrasts with other religions and how Muslim communities have lived among other religious communities for centuries. Special attention is given to how politics and the rise of the modern nation-state affect the relationship between various communities and to new interfaith initiatives that aim to bring peace between the world’s religions. A key question is how the different religions can be true to their own faiths while living in a peaceful pluralistic world.