Contemporary Issues in Muslim-Christian Dialogue
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