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If you've ever had questions about Islam, this course is for you.

It is impossible to overestimate the influence of Islam, which brings inspiration and meaning to the lives of many millions of people worldwide. At the same time, misunderstandings about Islam abound.

Now, in Introduction to Islam, you will explore the full sweep of the religion of Islam. Your guide, Prof. Gabriel S. Reynolds, a Catholic and a scholar of Islamic studies and a Notre Dame professor, will answer your most important questions about the second largest and fastest-growing, religion in the world.

You will begin with the sources of Islam, the life of Muhammad, and the importance of the Qur'an. Next you will analyze the historical development of Islam, coming to understand the rise of Islam and its Sunni and Shi'ite traditions. You will also discuss the central place of shari'a, or the divine law, to Islam. Finally, you will consider the mystical tradition of Islam, the role of Jesus in Islam, and the origins and meaning of jihad.

Ideal for beginners, this course answers questions of particular concern to Christians who care about the Church's relation with Islam. As you listen to these fascinating lectures, you will broaden your own capacity for interreligious dialogue and understanding of Abrahamic religions.

At the end you will emerge with a deeper understanding of the history, teachings, and practice of Islam.

©2016 Now You Know Media Inc. (P)2016 Now You Know Media Inc.

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"Engaging and lucid in explaining the often dauntingly complex and conflicting claims to legitimacy by Islam and Christianity, Gabriel Said Reynolds enlightens his listeners and illuminates religions’ problems and promise in our increasingly dangerous and divided world." (Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, president of the University of Notre Dame)

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  • JHL
  • 17-01-20

An excellent introduction to Islam

Dr. Reynolds provides a really clear and well-paced lecture series on Islam. It was easy to follow and his presentation was both respectful and impartial. It's clear that he is a first-rate scholar in the field.

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  • John Higgins
  • 05-11-20

Excellent Primer from an Expert

Notre Dame is known as a renowned Catholic school, so I was intrigued when I saw this program on Islam by a Notre Dame professor. Turns out Notre Dame has a phenomenal all-around theology department. Any ways, the author of this audiobook (it's not actually a book; more like a podcast or audio lecture) is highly knowledgeable and provides a comprehensive overview of Islam's major prophets, relationship with Christianity, history, beliefs and sacred scriptures, etc. This was a great listen.

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  • Brittany
  • 03-11-20

A brilliant introduction

Gabriel Reynolds does a very good job of introducing the basics of the Islamic faith to us Christians (or any other faith). This book is a very good resource for those of us who want to understand the faith of the second largest religion in the world.

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  • John Kenmore
  • 24-10-19

Easy to listen to. Very informative. Scholarship outstanding.

At first I was a bit skeptical about Gabriel Said Reynolds but after listening to two of his books I have been impressed with his teaching skills and level of scholarship. I plan to listen to all of his books. Thank God for the work of Gabriel Said Reynolds.

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  • 07-04-21

A sophisticated introduction

A wonderful summary of several religious and some historical dimensions of Islam. Reynolds is a clear and engaging lecturer.