Thinking Aloud, Episode 5 --Islam



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Episode 5

Dr. Nichole Torbitzky discusses the history and beliefs of Islam.

Dr. Torbitzky is a professor of philosophy and religion at Lindenwood University. She received her doctorate from Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, CA and her Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. She taught critical thinking at the University of LaVerne before joining the faculty at Lindenwood University in the Philosophy and Religion program in 2014. She teaches courses including World Religions, Islam and the West, Religions of India, Women, Religion, and Violence, and African American Religions. Torbitzky’s research investigates Whiteheadian notions of subjective form as connected to Christ and the internal relations subjective form has on the ordering of eternal objects in the primordial nature of God. She currently contributes to the Process and Faith Lectionary Commentary, looking at the Lectionary texts from a Process theological perspective.

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Lindenwood University


Faith, Mohammed, 5 Pillars of Islam, Islamic Law, Mecca, Hijab, Sunni, Shi’a, Sufi, Middle East, Indonesia, Good Deeds, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq


Islamic Studies


Host Donald E Heidenreich, Jr (PhD, University of Missouri) has been a professor of history at Lindenwood University since August 2000 and teaches courses in the history, political science and international relations programs. His course load has included the international relations capstone class, IR 40100 Intelligence, Military and National Policy, impact of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, American military History, and a class on the origins of World War One. In addition to his Ph.D. He has a Masters in history from the University of Arizona and a Bachelors in international relations and history from San Francisco State University.

Dr. Heidenreich has had published numerous pieces including: “Federalist Diplomacy and Military Activity, 1789-1801,“ The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History: The Colonial Period to 1877, “The Power to Regulate Land and Naval Forces.” The Powers of the U.S. Congress, “U.S. National Security and Party Politics: The Consensus on Louisiana, 1789-1803.” The Arkansas Historical Quarterly. He has also written numerous pieces on wars and treaties for various encyclopedia.

Dr. Heidenreich also served 22 years in the US Army Reserve and National Guard as an intelligence officer, an artillery officer, and finally as a historian before retiring as a Major in 2002. He was trained in counter intelligence in 1982 and then served in a number of tactical intelligence positions until 1994 when he took commanded of “C” Battery 1/128th Field Artillery from 1994-1996 and finally took command of the 135th Military History Detachment.

Thinking Aloud, Episode 5 --Islam