As Christians live 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. 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. Gender issues, the history of Muslim-Christian relations, and the emergence of contemporary Muslim movements will shape discussions in the course along with case studies drawn from different parts of the world. This will inform discussion of a way forward in Christian witness and service among Muslims.
Instructor: Jacqueline Hoover, MA