The foundation of Western civilization rests on three monotheistic faiths - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The interaction between and among these systems of belief continues to impact events in daily life and politics on the world stage. Following an outline of Islamic beliefs and practices by Charles Kennedy, discussion turns to how Islam is practiced in the United States.  

Charles Kennedy earned a PhD from Yale University's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures. He is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Kennedy has published widely on the subject of the Bible and early Christian life and taught adult-education classes at Colby-Sawyer College on such varied topics as Islam, religions in America, and vaudeville. Kennedy is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.