Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

Summer course: June 12–30, 2017

Why it is important to take this course:

Islam has become a major factor in public discourse, but the level of this discourse is often very superficial. Living side by side with Muslims in today’s global world, it has become imperative for Christians to wrestle seriously with the Islamic tradition in order to support and participate with both Muslim and Christian communities in their struggles with the meaning and import of Islam.

Course description

With an eye on challenges facing the Muslim community today, this course examines foundational Islamic narratives and texts – including the Qur’an and the Prophetic Tradition – and how Muslims have interpreted these in law, doctrine, and spirituality through the centuries. The course will also cover discussion of gender issues, Muslim-Christian relations, and the emergence of contemporary Muslim movements, including ISIS, and it will examine case studies from the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, North America, and Western Europe. This will inform discussion of a way forward in Christian witness and service among Muslims.

Course information

Three credit hours. May be taken for credit or audit.

Registration deadline

Registration is preferred by May 22 but will be accepted until June 12.  

Jacqueline Hoover, instructor

About the instructor

Jacqueline Hoover is a Teaching Affiliate in Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations at the University of Nottingham in the UK. She has also taught in Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sudan, Germany and the USA, and she lived for almost 20 years in the Arab world. Originally from Switzerland, she is a minister in the Mennonite Church and currently lives in England.

For more information

Contact the registrar's office.