Introduction to Islam

Asma Sayeed

Introduction to Islam

Islamic Studies department

Asma Sayeed

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Overall 4.0
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Easiness of class 3.0
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Workload 3.2
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 3.8
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Tough Tests
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Fall 2018
24.8%
20.7%
16.5%
12.4%
8.3%
4.1%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2016
55.6%
46.3%
37.0%
27.8%
18.5%
9.3%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
33.0%
27.5%
22.0%
16.5%
11.0%
5.5%
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
32.7%
27.2%
21.8%
16.3%
10.9%
5.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Jan. 8, 2019 Grade Received: A

Prof. Sayeed is very intelligent and engaging. However, there were a few things about this class that I didn't like...

1. She doesn't allow any form of technology in class (so all notes must be handwritten) and only posts a few of the slides from lecture. Because I'm a slow writer, I ended up missing a lot of the information and couldn't refer back to most of the slides because they weren't available. :(
2. The tests were very inconsistent! The first one was incredibly easy and the last two were pretty hard. They include fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and multiple choice reading comprehension questions.

The breakdown is as follows: 3 midterms, 0 finals, 1 six-page paper, and participation points for showing up to discussion. There are a lot of readings (which I didn't really do) and there was 1 pop-quiz that was just factored into participation. We also got one 5-point extra credit assignment and study guides for all of the midterms.

Overall, I feel like I learned meaningful information and liked the class material. It was stressful at times but if you study enough for the exams you should get at least an A-. The paper was also graded really generously so that's a plus!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted June 4, 2017 Grade Received: A

Professor Sayeed is a very academic professor. When she lectures, she never states anything with certainty and made sure to be inclusive and accurate in all of her statements. She does assigns a lot of reading but her tests are pretty easy if you read/ pay attention in class and the final essay is not too bad. I also have Cameron Zargar as a TA who is excellent in discussion and is a cool guy overall. So if you try somewhat in this class, you can generally get an A and learn quite a bit about Islam.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Feb. 21, 2017 Grade Received: A

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This class is pure memorization. Professor Sayeed does not allow electronics, so no computers or iPads , but if you're a good notetaker and complete the study guides before each quiz, then you'll do really well. The course does not have a final -- only 3 quizzes and a final paper at the end which was pretty easy. Try to get Mohsin Ali as a TA. He's great, and if you send him answers to the discussion questions before your section that week, he gives you extra credit for participation (participation is about 20% of your final grade). Mohsin's office hours are very helpful, and he'll basically go over the quiz study guides with you (both the key terms and the short answer prompts). The quizzes are multiple choice and short answer, but there's an extra credit opportunity to receive 3-5 more points on a quiz if you attend an event with a guest speaker, and all you have to do is show up and sign in. This course does require a good amount of effort; Professor Sayeed's lectures are a bit dry, and she only has few slides each lecture but says a lot about each one; however, if you're willing to take good notes and memorize terms for a quiz, you'll succeed. There was one super easy pop quiz in lecture about the material we learned in that class period, so just go to class!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Feb. 11, 2017 Grade Received: A

I took this class last quarter and loved it. Not only did it completely educated me about Muslims and the Islamic religion, but it totally changed my perspective. And really thats what classes are for, to change and educate students about real life and very relevant issues. Professor Sayeed was also a great professor. She has lecture slides, but they don't have much content, she likes to say a lot more than are on the slides. Her tests are VERY fair, and the paper at the end isn't bad at all! There's three midterms, no final, but a final paper. She also gives you a study guide for each test so you can know exactly what to look over. Overall loved this class, gave me a profound sense of knowledge and Professor Sayeed is very knowledgeable, sweet, and great at answering questions and being very open and clear!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Feb. 4, 2016 Grade Received: A-

I made the mistake and took this class as a first-year freshman for my first quarter at UCLA. IT WAS SUPER TOUGH. She gave us a super long study guide of terms that would be on the midterm and final. You had to go to lecture to get the information. Her slides were posted, but she mentioned key things that were not on the slides. The final was super hard because she made us do a 7 page essay and an in-class final. It was a challenging course, but I would take it again because I did leave the class with a firmer grasp on Islam and its followers. Amazing professor, just a really challenging class. Also, I had Evan as a TA and he was amazing. If you're looking for an easy GE, don't do this. If you really are interested in Islam and want to be challenged, Professor Sayeed is your professor!

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Tough Tests
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
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