Cscope High School World History
Religions Interact (4B Lesson 1)
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The link http://www.islamproject.org/education/Maps.htm leads to a website where students can choose from topics in the menu. Under the topic “Community Engagement”, this is what the choices include:
Click each to view PDF:
Under Women and Islam, here is an excerpt: (There is no mention of mistreatment of women other than the misinterpretation of the Qur’an as copied below.)
What challenges do the women featured in the clips face as Muslims and how do they meet those challenges? How do their challenges differ from the challenges faced by Muslim men? Do their challenges differ from women who are not Muslim? If so, how?
Thinking About Sexuality
What do the women portrayed in these film clips think Islam teaches about sexuality? How are their thoughts similar or dissimilar to your own ideas about sexuality?
For further discussion:
Harlina Halizah: “I don’t think it is fair to say that Islam restricts your sexual desire. . . .
It is more directing it toward a more purposeful kind of life.” What are your beliefs
about expressions of sexual desire and what factors shape those beliefs?
Some Muslim women have explained that covering one’s body is freeing because it prevents others from making them into sexual objects. Others have described such modesty requirements as restrictive and sexist because they are based on the assumption that women need to be obscured so as not to arouse male desire. What do you think Nadia Bazzy and her family believe about hijab? Note: The American Muslim Experience module contains more material on hijab, including comments from an American Muslim woman who has chosen not to wearhijab.
Thinking About Gender Relations
What do these Muslim women think Islam teaches about gender relations? How is this similar or dissimilar to your own ideas about appropriate gender relations?
For further discussion: Harlina Halizah asked for her husband’s permission to become a specialist in obstetrics. To Halizah, is this an example of subservience or partnership?
Harlina Halizah: “I don’t need to be liberated. I was born a free person.”
Do you agree? What would you define as the criteria for being “liberated”?
Zainah Anwar: “We found that it is not Islam that discriminates against women, it is not the verses in the Qur’an, it is the way that these verses have been interpreted by men, living in patriarchal societies who wish to maintain their dominance, and their superiority and control over women.” How is what Anwar describes similar to the approach taken by feminists in other religions, such as Christianity and Judaism?Under Islam, Beliefs and Practices:
The purpose of this module is to review a sampling of the basic tenets of Islam, so you may want to ask people to note everything they learn about Islam as they view the films. Here is what they’ll hear in the module:
• The five central tenets of Islam are: declaring faith, giving to charity, fasting, pilgrimage to Mecca, and prayer. Muslims are called to help immigrants, feed the hungry, spread peace, and do devotional practice.
• Muslims believe that all people are connected to one another and responsible for one another.
• Women should put their family first, but that does not preclude them from working outside the home.
• Islam values cleanliness.
Which groups of non-Muslims, you might ask which, if any, of these concepts are new or surprising. With Muslims, you may want to ask if they thought the clips accurately reflected their understanding of their faith. For some people, providing basic information will be an appropriate and useful starting point.
Before viewing the films, it may help to familiarize people with terms included in the module: Definitions are available on www.theislamproject.org.
Exploring Cultural Differences
Wolfe summarizes Muhammad’s teachings, saying, “He tells them to be good to each other, and not to violate each other’s rights. For men and women to treat each other humanely. . .” These are universal values that most people living in the West would also proclaim. So when Ayatollah Hadavi and Imam Rahman talk about American ways or Western ideology as being counter to Islamic values, what do you think they mean? Which things in American culture may seem to be in conflict with Islamic principles? What are the things in American culture that might not differ much from Islamic principles?
Note: More information on this topic appears in the module Muhammad’s Example in Action.
Imam Mustafa Rahman’s chalets provide an intersection of cultures. Tourists who don’t follow an Islamic dress code cross paths with Muslim villagers. What allows for this peaceful co-existence? How does the Imam reconcile his business with his personal faith?
Part of Muslim faith is to reach out to the poor and to those who are not Muslim. Najah Bazzy takes a group of kids to work in a soup kitchen because she believes that charitable work and helping non-Muslims are core precepts of Islam. How might you reach out to help people beyond the confines of your own religious group or neighborhood?
The man who is studying to become a Catholic deacon and is reaching beyond the confines of his group to support the work of the soup kitchen admits that he once knew little about Islam and judged Islam by its most stereotypical or extreme representatives. What might you do to ensure that your community has access to accurate information about Islam? What might you do to involve Muslims in community and interfaith charitable projects?