Core Presentations

 

IRG-101: An Introduction to Islam and Muslims (for schools)

This presentation supplements the study of world history, geography, and world religions in middle and high schools. It will give students a better understanding of what Islam teaches and what Muslims practice. The speaker will introduce basic terminology, demographics and differences between religion and culture. Students will learn about the beliefs and practices of Muslims as well as religious celebrations. They will also have the opportunity to get your questions answered first hand.

IRG-102: What You always Wanted to Know about Islam and Muslims (for comm ed)

Always wanted to learn more about Islam and Muslims? Register for this class and you will have a better understanding of what Islam teaches and what Muslims practice. The class will introduce basic terminology, demographics and differences between religion and culture. You will learn about the beliefs and practices of Muslims as well as religious celebrations. You will also have the opportunity to get your questions answered first hand.

IRG-103: Islam and Christianity

Join us to explore the similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity, including basic beliefs and practices in the context of both belief systems. The class will discuss how Muslims view God, Mary, and Jesus as well as verses from the Qur’an that are equivalent to the Ten Commandments. The focus is on the similarities of both faiths and opportunities in pursuing joint Muslim/Christian projects. Attendance at the introductory class What You Always Wanted to Know about Islam and Muslims is a good background, but not required.

IRG-104: Women in Islam 

This presentation covers Islamic teachings about the different roles of Muslim women in society, including cultural differences. We will talk about common misconceptions regarding Muslim women and explain gender equity in the spiritual, social, and economic aspect of life. Muslim women and culture/diversity will also be discussed. The presentation is concluded with examples of Muslim women and their role in history and today.

 IRG-201: Prophet Muhammad: His Life and Legacy

This class will give an overview of the life of Prophet Muhammad from early childhood to prophet hood. It will give an insight into his different roles as a messenger of God, leader, husband, father, and teacher. The presentation will also cover his teachings and what he means to Muslims.

IRG-202: Islamic Contributions to Civilization

World civilizations enrich and build upon each others contributions. This class will give an overview of contributions made by Muslims in different fields such as science, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, engineering, arts etc. The class will also discuss the origins of some of the commonly used words. The overview will include a lot of examples so that the audience can easily relate to the content.

IRG-301: Minnesota Muslims Up Close

Historical records show a Muslim presence in Minnesota that goes as far back as 1880. Current estimates put the Muslim population in Minnesota at about 140,000. This class is based on the exhibit Tracks in the Snow – The Minnesota Muslim Experience since 1880 which Islamic Resource Group put together with support from the Minnesota Historical Society in 2014. You will get an exclusive insight into the lives and experiences of Minnesota Muslims from different cultural backgrounds and their pioneering work.

IRG-302: Roots of Islam in the United States

The presentation describes the earliest Muslims in this country, namely enslaved West Africans. It features stories and experiences of individual enslaved Muslims, including “Prince”, who is featured in a PBS documentary called “Prince Among Slaves” which was aired in 2007. It also chronicles the development of conversion movements in the African American community, and the impact of West African Muslim culture on the U.S. The presentation also traces the presence of Arab and other immigrant Muslims from pre-Columbus times.

IRG-401: Teaching about Islam and Muslims: Practical Advice for Educators

The workshop will introduce the basic beliefs and practices in Islam. The main focus of the workshop will be on how to incorporate Islamic Culture Studies in the curriculum. The speaker will illustrate this by using practical examples such as diet, dress, gender relations, prayer, fasting, and Muslim holidays. The workshop is meant to help educators understand Islamic Culture and provide them with tools to better interact with Muslim parents and students.

IRG-402: Culturally Appropriate Care for Muslim Patients

This workshop is ideal for individuals who work in the health care field. A short overview will introduce some terminology, demographics and the basic beliefs and practices in Islam. The main part of this workshop focuses on health care related issues with Muslim patients and also examines cultural and religious issues around illness, treatments, dietary restrictions, birth, end of life, death etc. Case studies help in understanding the practical side in dealing with Muslim patients and on how to improve outcomes and communication between patients and providers.