Florida textbooks and religion

There’s been a controversy recently in a Florida school district over the teaching of Islam in a high school social studies text book. Some folks have even encouraged burning of the books. This is a ridiculous situation. Here are the facts of the curriculum:¬†http://vcdec.com/pdf/facts.pdf

Sunni and Shia

I came across an interesting Pew study¬†comparing perspectives of Shia and Sunni Muslims. This led me to reflect on the fact that I have had little experience in dialogue with Shia–a couple visited my World Religion class one year; last week, at the Old Souq in Kuwait City, I chatted with a Shia from Afghanistan…