World Religions

Religions are not objects of curiosity to be perused like artifacts in a museum. Rather, they are lived experiences that provide profound meaning for those within them. Our religious traditions have endured for so many years because they have profoundly touched so many lives. Our study together is ultimately about these people - roughly two thirds of the world population whose lives are inextricably tied to their religious traditions and history. This lecture series not only gives you the facts about religions, but also teaches you to appreciate the internal logic behind their world views and engage some of the common myths and misconceptions for each religion.

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Islam's Origins to the Golden Age

Within a century, Islam grew from a local Arab religion to the largest empire the world had ever known. This course tells the story of this fantastic rise, based on the latest historical research. We share the surprising reasons why Islam spread so quickly, detail the formation of the Quran, and explore how a new religion struggled to define itself on the world stage. The course ends with the Golden Age of Islam, when Muslims formed the most advanced and cultured civilization in the world.


Information and registration
Course Title Instructor(s) Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Islam's Origins to the Golden Age Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett 02/06/2018 - 02/20/2018 Tuesday
6:10 PM - 8:00 PM
$99 Enroll Now
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About the Instructor

Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett is an internationally known Religious Studies scholar and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Cal Poly. A dynamic, popular community lecturer, he is the recipient the Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts teaching award and the President's Community Service Award. Author of Beauty for Ashes: The Spiritual Transformation of a Modern Greek Community and the forthcoming The Soul of Wine: In Vino Sanctus, Professor Lloyd-Moffett holds a M.A. in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara; Master of Theology from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary; Ph.D. in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara.

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