*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Understanding Islam and Its Extremists

If you could look inside the minds of the Islamic extremists who are making war on our country, would you?  This course will take you there, so you can understand how and why Muslim radicals see themselves and their world, and us in the West, the way they do. We’ll explore the rise of Sunni and Shi’ite radicalism and the ideologues whose thoughts underpin these movements, the Islamist radicalization process (both here in the US and overseas), how Sunni extremists use the mass media (against both fellow Muslims and non-Muslims), the US Islamophobia Industry and how Muslims are responding to the extremism within their faith, and where Sunni and Shi’a radicalism are headed.   
Note: This course does not meet on Wednesday, October 11.

Instructor Bio:

Michael G. Knapp is a Middle East analyst with the US Army in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has worked in US government research and analysis for more than 30 years, both as a civilian and as an officer in the US Army Reserve (he retired in 2002).  Mr. Knapp’s previous civilian assignments included analytical positions in the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Drug Enforcement Administration (both in Washington, DC), and his military career consisted of active duty in the Federal Republic of Germany, Texas, and Arizona and service in the Virginia Army National Guard. His articles on Islamic extremism and Islam have been published in five books and multiple professional journals.

Required Reading:

Please bring an inquiring (open) and enthusiastic mind and some good discussion questions to class.

Recommended Reading:

Esposito, John L. Islam: The Straight Path, 2010. Ali, Abdullah Yusuf. The Qur’an:  Text, Translation and Commentary, (English and Arabic Ed.), 1998. Armstrong, Karen. The Battle for God, 2001.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A20 Michael Knapp Sep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 18, 25 We 4:00-5:30 p.m. Homewood Suites WL

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