As part of a world religions course at Texas Christian University, students must visit a mosque service in order to “understand the ritual and tradition of other religions in their own context.” The field trip was originally scheduled for Good Friday — a sacred holiday observed by Christians as the day Jesus Christ was crucified.

The course syllabus states:

“Every student is expected to attend this service.This visit is part of your participation in class. Many other students from our department will join us. It is a religious experience visit. No student is required to participate in mosque’s service during our visit.”

The campus spokesperson told The College Fix that the field trip was scheduled in error and that the university is in fact closed on Good Friday. Reportedly, the world religions professor is working to reschedule the mosque field trip to a date other than the Christian holy day.

The world religions course, “Understanding Diverse Faith Communities,” is instructed by Professor Yushau Sodiq.

According to TCU’s faculty website:

Dr. Yushau Sodiq earned his B. A Degree in Islamic Studies in 1976 and his M.A Degree in Islamic law in 1979 from the University of Medina, Saudi Arabia. He also earned his second M.A Degree in Religious Studies in 1986 and his Ph. D Degree in Islamic Studies in 1991 from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He taught Islamic courses at the University of Sokoto, Nigeria from 1080-1983 and religious courses at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia from 1990-1992. He joined Texas Christian University (TCU) in 1992.

Dr. Sodiq also authored the book An Insider’s Guide to Islam (pictured below).

Pamela Geller, who is known for being outspoken against Islamic advancement in the United States, obtained the syllabus from an anonymous campus source. She released the following statement to The College Fix:

“Sodiq’s syllabus for his ‘Understanding Diverse Faith Communities’ states that the course is meant ‘to enable our students comprehend the meanings and nature of world religions’ … Yet while the class discusses Islam, Judaism, African traditional religions, and Buddhism (apparently Sodiq assumes that students at Texas Christian University know all they need to know about Christianity already), Sodiq’s syllabus plans for five sessions on Islam, plus two more on The Kite Runner, a novel about Muslims in Afghanistan, and another for the mosque visit, for a total of eight on Islam and related themes.”

According to the syllabus, there was no visit planned to a Christian church, Buddhist temple, or synagogue.

(H/T The College Fix)

What do you think? Let Hypeline know in the comments below!

Be sure to follow HYPELINE on Facebook and Twitter!

Facebook Comments

2 COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here