Details for Introduction to Islam
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Unit code: MIS305
- Credit points: 10
- Total workload hours per week: 10
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 3 *
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit Introduction to Islam is part of the subject area Missiology and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (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.
- 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); Documentary Analysis (30%, 1500 words); Report on Visit to a Mosque (20% 1250 words)
- Abdullah Saeed. Islam in Australia. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2003.
- Abdullah Saeed. Interpreting the Qur’an: Towards a Contemporary Approach. London, New York: Routledge, 2006.
- Armstrong, Karen. Islam: A Short History. London: Phoenix Press, 2001.
- Armour Sr., Rollin. Islam, Christianity, and the West. Edited by Paul F. Knitter, Faith Meets Faith Series. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002.
- Bell, Steve. Friendship First – the manual: Ordinary Christians discussing good news with ordinary Muslims. Friendshipfirst. 2004
- Berkey, Jonathan 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, Farid. The Qur’an: A User’s Guide. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2005.
- Esposito, John L. Unholy War - Terror in the Name of Islam. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
- Goddard, Hugh. “A History of Christian-Muslim Relations.” In Islamic Surveys, edited by Carole Hilienbrand, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000.
- Hussain, Jamila. Islamic Law and Society - an Introduction. Sydney: The Federation Press, 1999.
- Kaitner, John. Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know. Edited by John B Cobb Jr., Facets Series. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.
- Latifa. My Forbidden Face - Growing up under the Taliban: A Young Woman’s Story. London: Virago Press, 2002.
- Love, Rick, Muslims, Magic and the Kingdom of God. William Carey Library, 2000
- Parshall, Phil. The Cross and the Crescent, Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House, 1989
- Reza Asian. No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006.
- Robinson, Stuart, Mosques and Miracles City Harvest Publications. 2003.
- Saikal, Amin. Islam and the West - Conflict or Cooperation? Houndmills, Hampshire and New York: Paigrave Macmillan, 2003.