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| Learning | July 20, 2017

(This happens in my Islamic art history class, which is a third-year level course. We’ve spent the first week studying the origins of Islam and have just gotten our first quiz back.)

Student: “[Professor], why did you mark this answer wrong?”

Professor: “You said that Muhammad was born ‘around 3000 BC’.”

Student: “So?”

Professor: “Muhammad was born in 570… 570 AD.”

Student: “I was close!”

Professor: “The pyramids hadn’t even been built yet in 3000 BC!”

Student: “Well, Islam is really old.”

(The real kicker? I later found out this student was majoring in religious studies.)

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