The book used in this course is Living Religions (Mary Pat Fisher 2011)
“Jihad and Peace.” Please respond to the following:
• The words Islam and Muslim are from the same Aramaic/Semetic root, and the words Salam, Shalom, and Salem are all translated as “ peace,” “peace that comes from submission to God,” “whole,” “ complete,” “intact.”
o Explain why “submission” is the major theme of Islam, keeping in mind this history of the words’ meanings.
o Identify examples of the connections between “submission” and “ peace” or wholeness” within the practice of Islam.
Explain the differences between the Greater Jihad and the Lesser Jihad and why you think most non-Muslims know very little about the Greater Jihad.
If you could clear up one misunderstanding represented in the media about Islam, what would you correct?
o Explain how the West generally misunderstands this belief or practice.
o Describe what you think it would take for the West to correctly understand it.