An introduction to the basic history of the Islamic tradition and also to Muslim beliefs and practices, this course will give students insight into the diverse world of Islam. From its origin in Arabia in the seventh century, Islam today is professed by more than 1.5 billion people all over the world. This course includes an outline of that history, including the early Muslim community and the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an. It touches on major institutions, such as Islamic law, philosophy, theology, and mysticism, and covers key rituals in Muslim daily life. The impact of modernity will be considered, including Muslim life in the United States.