This online synchronous course will give an introduction to the Islamic tradition in its religious, historical, and cultural contexts, paying particular attention to the diversity of expressions of Islam within each of these categories. The course will discuss the theological foundations of the tradition, the history of its development, and different expressions of its praxis that have evolved out of Muslim cultures and societies. It will also present contemporary issues related to Islam and Muslims, particularly in their representation throughout different types of media. Course format and evaluation: seminar, with final research paper/presentation on a specific topic or theme.
Intended audience: all degree programs.
Relates to SKSM Threshold: 1. Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement 3. Sacred Text and Interpretation 4. History of Dissenting Traditions and the Theological Quest 6. Theology in Culture and Context and MFC: 1. Worship and Rites of Passage 4. Social Justice in the Public Square.