Contemporary Issues in Muslim-Christian Dialogue
22nd February - 14th April 2021
Course leader: Dr Ida Glaser
This course will have classes on Mondays and Wednesdays 0800-1000 Houston time, from Feb 22nd to Mar 29th. It will finish with two seasonal dialogue sessions: Wednesday 7th April on 'Easter' and Wednesday April 14th on 'Ramadan'.
Students will also be required to attend weekly group sessions, which may be held face-to-face or online. Each group will research and present a contemporary practical dialogue topic during the second part of the course.
The course cost is $400, reduced to $150 for majority world students.
CMCS Houston has some full and half-scholarships available. To apply for a scholarship, email a letter of application together with your c.v. and contact details of two referees to by January 5th 2021.
A 3 credit-hour course which can be taught over 5, 7 or 10 weeks.
There are several questions which have been regularly addressed in discussions between Muslims and Christians ever since the seventh century. Recent times have seen more 'frequently asked questions' added to the list. This course will take a historical, theological and practical approach to exploring issues past and present.
HISTORICALLY, how have people dealt with the issues in the past? How have discussions developed? And why have fresh issues arisen in today's world?
THEOLOGICALLY, how can we understand the issues? What are the similarities and differences in Muslim and Christian views of God and of humanity which give rise to the issues? Are there theological approaches which can help to resolve tensions?
PRACTICALLY, how might Muslims and Christians living together in today's world deal with the issues in constructive ways? How does all this relate to people who are neither Muslim nor Christian?
Part 1 deals with theological issues, and Part 2 with practical issues. The topics covered can be adjusted according to the interests of the particular students in any class.
This class will be suitable for accreditation at master's or final year undergraduate level. It will offer 3 credit hours (40-45 hours of class or recorded online learning, with approx 90 hours of additional study and writing expected from each student). Preference will be given to students who have completed accredited modules/units of study (or the equivalent) in at least two of the following areas: History, Islamic Studies, Christian Theology, Islamic History, History of Christianity, Literature.
Topic 1: Admitted truth
Topic 2: Tawhid and Trinity
Topic 3: Revelation and Scripture
Topic 4: Jesus
Topic 5: Muhammad
Topic 6: Salvation and Shari'ah
Topic 7: Faith and Power
Topic 8: Marriage and Gender
Topic 9: War and Peace
Topic 10: Freedom of Speech and of Religion