Muslim Journeys: Islam and Its Many Roads — Teachers Institute Summer Seminar 2013

Muslim Journeys: Islam and Its Many Roads — Teachers Institute Summer Seminar 2013

Islam, as religion and culture, is expressed in a great range of ways – from long-bearded men and veiled women to cell-phone carrying hip-hop artists, software executives, and Miss America. The 2013 Teachers Institute Summer Seminar will explore the multiple histories, cultures, and arts of Muslims from the religion's seventh-century origins in the Middle East to its growth and development across the Indian Ocean and Atlantic worlds today. Scholars of Islam from a variety of disciplines will engage with teachers through primary source documents, paintings, literature, poetry, and music. Encompassing Muslims in Arabia, Persia, South Asia, North Africa, Europe, West Africa, South America, and the United States, scholars and participants will explore such questions as: What does Islam have in common with “The West”? Who are Muslim Americans? What is the role of women in Islam? Why is Islam treated in monolithic fashion? And what are some of its current developments? The Summer Seminar will help shed light on Islam and the many roads taken by its adherents across time and the world through personal narratives, documentary film, and seminar presentations and readings.

North Carolina K-12 public school educators and community college instructors are invited to apply to the 2013 Teachers Institute Summer Seminar, Muslim Journeys: Islam and its Many Roads, which will be held June 16-22, 2013, at the Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill.

Application requirements and the application form can be found here. Questions can be directed to Lynn Wright-Kernodle at or 336-334-4769.

Image: Turkey, Iznik, Tile, circa 1580-90. Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art,