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27 January 2006 @ 10:02 am
Being "The Muslim"  
I'm taking an Intro to Islamic Civ course at my university, and in addition to two big lectures a week we have one discussion class where we break into relatively small groups. I'm the only muslim in my discussion group, and because I wear hijab everyone else in the class acts like I'm somehow the ultimate authority in any discussion. It's really rather amusing. The TA is getting her Master's degree about the former Soviet Union, and decided to TA the class to learn more about Islam, so she keeps turning to me whenever anyone asks a question about anything she doesn't know the answer to. I keep wanting to say "actually, I'm kind of new at this myself..." I know enough to answer a lot of the run-of-the-mill questions, and to add to the discussion, but I find myself wanting to study in-depth whatever we're going to be talking about in discussion group because everyone just automatically assumes I know everything and I'll have let them down if I don't.

Also, we read a few small selections from the Qur'an in class, but several people expressed an interest in reading more. I know I can direct them to any of those "free Qur'an" websites, but I feel like if I can hand them a copy myself they might be more likely to read it. Does anyone know of a good place to buy English translations in bulk? If I could get them cheaply, I'd like to get a dozen or so copies so that I don't keep buying new ones when I give mine to curious people.
yamansalahi on February 22nd, 2006 07:07 am (UTC)
Many mosques give away free Qur'ans. I think islamicity.com allows you to request a free one as well.