On Being Human: Othering, Dehumanisation & Empathy

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This course explains the role of a Muslim in a world festered by the mechanisms of othering and dehumanisation. It defines these concepts and takes attendees through numerous historical and contemporary examples of the way they instil hatred, intolerance and violence against groups of people. The course examines these codified concepts with examples from the Qur’an and Prophetic traditions and sets out empathy and justice as important currents against mechanisms of hate. It gives attendees an appreciation of the depth and breadth of history, literature, spirituality and conflict studies and provides practical lessons for Muslims engaged in activism and da’wah in general.

Who is this course for?

  • Those who are actively engaged, or are interested, in societal issues and activism.
  • Those who would like to learn more about types and forms of othering and dehumanisation and how Islam addresses these mechanisms of hate, with examples from history.
  • Those who want to enhance their outreach and da’wah work.

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The course is based on the book "On Being Human" written by our instructor Dr. Osman Latiff. This book seeks to understand the Muslim’s role in a world of sometimes discordant relations festered by attitudes of othering and dehumanisation. It shows that such attitudes, fuelled by hate, impinge upon a conviviality, harmony of existence and mutual understanding between peoples – as reflected in the Qur’ānic paradigm. The book breaks down codified concepts in an accessible way to the uninitiated reader, marrying together sociological constructs with real and illuminating examples from the Qur'an and Prophetic tradition.

Dr. Osman Latiff

Dr. Uthman Lateef is Senior Researcher and Instructor at Sapience Institute. He has a BA in History, an MA in Crusader Studies, and has completed a PhD in the 'Place of Fada'il al-Quds (Merits of Jerusalem) and Religious Poetry in the Muslim effort to recapture Jerusalem in the Crusades'. His book on the crusades, ‘The Cutting Edge of the Poet’s Sword: Muslim Poetic Responses to the Crusades’ was published by Brill in 2018. He has also written and continues to write academic articles and book chapters in the field of history.

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The Humanness that speaks from within us
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Quiz 1
7 questions
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Seeing the human
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Quiz 2
3 questions
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What is Othering?
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Quiz 3
3 questions
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Who and what do we see?
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Quiz 4
3 questions
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The trouble with generalising
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Quiz 5
3 questions
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What is dehumanisation
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Quiz 6
3 questions
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Othering and race
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Quiz 7
4 questions
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‘Reel Bad Arabs’
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Quiz 8
2 questions
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On the Fringes: Structural otherness
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Quiz 9
3 questions
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On the Fringes: Structural otherness II
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Quiz 10
4 questions
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‘I’m a human being’
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Quiz 11
2 questions
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Transitioning landscapes and sites of meaning
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Quiz 12
3 questions
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Early guidance in empathy – Surah al-Duha
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Quiz 13
2 questions
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Defining empathy
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Quiz 14
5 questions
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The Mahmudiyya Killings
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Quiz 15
4 questions
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Empathy as Perspective Taking
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Quiz 16
2 questions
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The Beauty of Character
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Quiz 17
3 questions
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A Historical Othering
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Quiz 18
3 questions
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Rwanda genocide in context
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Quiz 19
3 questions
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Rwanda – The path to reconciliation
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Quiz 20
2 questions
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Rwanda – Causes behind the rescuing ethos
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Quiz 21
3 questions
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The Genocide of Rwanda ’94 and the growth of Islam
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Quiz 22
1 question
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A Closer Look – ‘And who is better in speech than he who calls to Allāh?
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Quiz 23
4 questions
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The Paradigm of Mercy
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Quiz 24
3 questions
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Opening Empathic Spaces