Details for Exploring Islam
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: CCM305
- Credit points: 10
At least 80 credit points including:
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit Exploring Islam is part of the subject area Missiology and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)), Bachelor of Ministry [formerly BCM] (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This unit will provide an introduction to Islam and a developing basis for ministry to Muslims. It will provide students with the historical background and information necessary for understanding the complex cross-currents of Christian-Muslim Relations in contemporary society. It will also point the student towards effective approaches to Muslim evangelism and discipleship.
Students should be able to:
- Summarise the religious history of Islam, including key figures and events;
- Explain the central elements of Islamic faith and practice;
- Describe and analyse the changing face of Islam in the modern world;
- Contrast key areas of similarity and difference between Christianity and Islam;
- Critique typical misconceptions about Islam;
- Appraise the various Christian approaches to effective interaction with Muslims;
- Compare opportunities for engaging in positive communication and developing relationship with Muslims.
- Pre-Islamic Arabia
- The life of the Prophet Muhammad
- The Development and Expansion of Islam
- The Holy Quran and the Sunnah (traditions)
- The Five Pillars of Islam and the Shariac (Islamic Law)
- Contemporary reform movements in Islam
- Christian-Muslim Relations through the centuries
- Particular topics e.g. women in Islam, “fundamentalism”, Suimi, Shia, Sufism
- Modern Christian approaches to Muslims
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, visit to a Mosque, interview with a Muslim leader, guided reflection, writing
- Major Essay 50% (2500 words)
- Forum Postings 30% (2500 words)
- Report on visit to a Mosque 30% (1500 words)
- Abdullah, S. Interpreting the Qur’an: Towards a Contemporary Approach. London, New York: Routledge, 2006.
- Adeney, M. Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2002.
- Armour Sr., R. Islam, Christianity, and the West. Edited by Paul F. Knitter, Faith Meets Faith Series. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002.
- Asian R. No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006.
- Bell, S. Friendship First – the manual: Ordinary Christians discussing good news with ordinary Muslims. Friendshipfirst. 2011
- Berkey, J.P. The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the near East, 600-1800. Edited by Patricia Crone, Themes in Islamic History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
- Esack, F. The Qur’an: A User’s Guide. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2005.
- Geisler, Norman L. & Saleeb, Abdul. Answering Islam. Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 1999.
- Hassan, R. Inside Muslim Minds. Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2008.
- Kirkwood, G. & Doogue, P. Tomorrow's Islam: Uniting Age-Old Beliefs and a Modern World. Sydney: ABC Books, 2005.
- Love, R. Muslims, Magic and the Kingdom of God. William Carey Library, 2000.
- Musk, B.A. Touching the Soul of Islam: Sharing the Gospel in Muslim Cultures. MARC Crowborough 1997.
- Roberts, D, (et al). The Family I Never Knew I Had: Through a Common Faith, Recognizing the Descendants of Ishmael as a Part of God’s Family. Freemantle: Vivid Publishing, 2012.
- Robinson, S. Mosques and Miracles City Harvest Publications. 2003.
- Stephenson, P, Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia, UNSW Press, 2011
- Currents in Theology and Missions
- International Bulletin of Missionary Research
- International Review of Mission
- Journal of Applied Missiology
- Journal of Asian Missions
- Journal of Frontier Missions
- Missiology: An International Review