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[RELI 2305] Islam

December 19, 2017

Haider, Najam Silver_nugget
[RELI 2305] Islam


Professor Haider is really wonderful. I am a religion major and signed up for his course as part of the major. I thoroughly enjoyed the course!

While the workload may seem like a lot, you end up learning a lot. Professor Haider (or his TA in discussion sections) makes sure to address the readings. He is an absolutely incredible lecturer-- Professor Haider has both the ability to explain things with depth and clarity, as well as maintain a high energy level that keeps the class engaged.

Professor Haider is someone who constantly pushes you to think critically, be it during class discussions or in your weekly response. My writing and my way of approaching sources has changed for the better having been in his class.

Overall, I highly recommend taking this course!


70-100+ pages of reading a week, along with a written response. Most of my responses ended up being 4-6 pages. You have two free passes a semester (use them wisely!). If you do not use your passes, Professor Haider will drop your lowest two response scores.

There is a 5-7 page final paper and a project within the first month of class. The project is a creative project, and is rather fun.

December 05, 2014

Ivanyi, Katharina
[RELI 2305] Islam

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Professor Ivanyi is one of the nicest professors out there. She is genuinely enthusiastic about this subject and sports a smile throughout every lecture. Overall, her lectures are organized and broken down into the simplest possible terms, which I found to be especially helpful since I had very little prior knowledge of the subject. She will always write down important vocabulary terms on the chalkboard and explain their meaning and significance. If you take no other notes in this class, at the very least be sure to write down the definition of these terms (they will make up a majority of the vocabulary that appears on the quizzes). The reading is, more often than not, helpful but not always necessary. However, it is very diverse and usually quite interesting, so I wouldn’t rule it out altogether.

I both enjoyed this class and learned a great deal from it. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to fulfill a global core requirement or simply to expand their knowledge of world religions.


The workload is manageable and I only ever felt overwhelmed by the midterm book report, but that’s mostly because I left it for the night before it was due

Your grade is broken up as follows:
4 In-Class Quizzes: 20%
8 Reading Responses: 20%
Take-Home Midterm Book Review: 25%
Final: 35%

April 03, 2014

Ivanyi, Katharina
[RELI 2305] Islam

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Professor Ivanyi needed a culpa review because she is just such a lovely person. I took her Islam class in fall 2013 and loved it. For starters, she is an adorable person. You really couldn't find a nicer professor. On top of that, her lectures are interesting and she assigns interesting readings. The work is never overwhelming and it was really a joy to be in her class. She will assign lots of readings, and you should read them because they're interesting, but they're not essential. Her grading wasn't too harsh and it was distributed well so you had ample opportunity to make up for a bombed quiz. You definitely need to go to class, and not just because she takes attendance--it's honestly interesting stuff and if you listen and take good notes you won't have to study for the quizzes very much. Plus, showing up gets you like 10% of your grade. Definitely take Professor Ivanyi's class. She is lovely.


Readings for every class, 4 reading quizzes spread throughout the semester (she'll give you a list of terms and you really only need to know those), 8 reading responses, midterm book review, final essays. It sounds like a lot more than it is because everything is spread out really well throughout the semester such that you never feel overwhelmed by it.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2305: Islam Peter Awn 2012 Spring MW / 5:40- 6:55 PM 1
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2305: Islam Peter Awn 2011 Spring MW / 5:40- 6:55 PM 1
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2305: Islam Peter Awn 2010 Spring MW / 5:40- 6:55 PM 1
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2305: Islam Peter Awn 2009 Spring MW / 5:40- 6:55 PM 1