The Origin and Rise of Islam with Juliette de Marcellus
10:00AM – 11:30AM, Monday, January 4, 2016
Fitz Eugene Dixon Education Building
$100 for six classes
Class dates: January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8

Juliette de Marcellus

Juliette de Marcellus

Learn more about how early Islam emerged under the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and spread through the Middle East. This comprehensive history course examines how and why the religion grew so quickly and took on a political perspective. The history of Islamic expansion includes study of the confrontations between European countries and Muslims, from Charlemagne in the 8th century through the division of its territory between the French and English colonialism in the 19th century. The class will also review historic figures such as Saladin, Richard the Lionhearted, St. Louis of France, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, Queen Isabella I of Spain and Don Juan of Austria.

Learn more about the legacy of Islamic artistic and scientific achievements that were developed during the golden age of Islam (8th through 13th century). Advancements in art, math, science and medicine advanced humanity and their impact can be felt in everyday life.

Juliette de Marcellus is a pianist, teacher, and prize-winning music critic, and lecturer who studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She is the product of French and English parents, a remarkable couple she has described in her book “Rose and Henri, for Richer for Poorer.” She has also translated and edited her father’s “Atlas of Man,” which depicts the migrations of man since the first Ice Age and the Earth’s climate history. For many years, Ms. de Marcellus was a music critic for the Cox newspapers and for magazines including Opera News. Her latest publication, “A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Carnegie Hall,” was released in 2011. Juliette’s spent her childhood with her French story-telling grandmother and father, the Comte de Marcellus. They gave her a life-long fascination with the history and culture of France, which she sees through the colorful eye of art and anecdote.

Due to limited space reservations are required for all Campus on the Lake workshops and classes. For more information please call (561) 805-8562 or email

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