Martyrs, Minorities, Faith and Fidelity:
Exploring ‘Loyalty’ in Christianity and Islam

Professor Mona Siddiqui

Online course dates:  January 18 — February 22, 2022.

Loyalty is at the center of human life – and often death. It defines families and friendships, philosophies and faiths. It also creates enemies, divides nations, and inspires people to kill and die for their country or creed. The nature and force of our loyalties to different people, ideas, and things shapes virtually every aspect of our lives. In this course, Professor Mona Siddiqui explores the polyvalent meanings of ‘loyalty’ in Christian and Islamic thought. You will learn about:

  • Religious believers who resisted repressive governmental authorities and paid with their lives
  • The challenges facing countries where new forms of diversity conflict with dominant cultures
  • Pursuing the ideals of beauty, joy, and truth in unjust societies
  • Living out ancient religious traditions in modern situations
  • …and more!

This is a FREE online course that you can complete on your own schedule.

Course Outline and Lessons

Enrollment Option #1: Register to take the course for free through Emory University’s online learning website. This option provides free access to the recommended readings and the opportunity to submit questions to Professor Siddiqui in two online question-and-answer sessions. The first 50 people to register for this course will also be entered in a drawing to receive one of ten free copies of Professor Mona Siddiqui’s new book Human Struggle: Christian and Muslim Perspectives from Cambridge University Press. Option #1 is recommended for educators, students, scholars, and others who want to engage the course materials more deeply than just watching the lessons online.

Enrollment Option #2: Browse this page for free access to lessons and discussion questions on the Canopy Forum website. New lessons will be posted on a weekly basis between January 18 and February 22, 2022. This option does not include free copies of the recommended readings or the opportunity to ask Prof. Siddiqui questions in the Q&A sessions. But all four Lessons will be posted along with a list of recommended readings and discussion questions. Option #2 is recommended for people who want to watch the lessons without the recommended readings – individuals, reading groups, educators, and more. Sign up below to receive email alerts when new lessons are posted.

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This course is sponsored by the Issachar Fund.