Approaches to Islam3.0 credits
A critical review of Christian Muslim relations and attitudes from Islams origins to the present. There will be careful study of the Muslim world and its people in an attempt to understand better their problems and their difficulties with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By examining various approaches, students begin developing their own approach toward faithfully interpreting the Gospel to Muslims.
Revelation, the Koran & Muslim Tradition3.0 credits
An examination of the Koranic passages and Muslim traditions that speak of revelation, the earlier prophets, biblical Scripture and Jesus Christ, to understand better Muslim revelations about the Bible and creatively initiate new ways for them to hear its true message.
Folk Islam3.0 credits
Study of beliefs and practices of popular Islam, its animistic roots and localized expressions. Emphasis on the world view and felt needs of adherents and the implications these have for effective communication.
Islam: First Five Centuries3.0 credits
A critical examination of Islams development and growth during its first five centuries with special attention to the Church under Islam then and repercussions continuing into the present.
Islam in Africa3.0 credits
This course explores the spread, establishment and growth of Islam in Africa from its initial 638 A.D. thrust to the present. It looks at patterns of assimilation and contextualization, paying attention to the culture zones in which Islam took root and the means by which it did so. These means ranged from jihad to the quiet influence of amulets, intermarriage and trade. The church that Islam displaced will be analyzed so as to discover the factors that allowed Islam to spread as it did. Students will trace Islams influence from king to pauper and from soldier to farmer. The effects upon African Islam of animism, colonialism, Christian and Muslim missionary activity, national governments and the influence of Saudi Arabia and Sufi brotherhoods will also be studied. Current tensions and trends will be examined with a view to discovering the churchs mission and ministry in and across Africa today.
Islam and the West3.0 credits
There is a long history of conflict between Islam and the West. While tension still and will continue to exist, attempts are being made to bring the sociopolitical and theological orbits of the Muslim world and the West closer together. This course will survey the historical and contemporary background to this development with a view towards understanding its theological and missiological implications
Independent Study3.0 credits
When students wish to fulfill a special need, they may request an independent study course through the director of the Doctor of Philosophy in Missiology Program.
Directed Readings3.0 credits
Directed readings may be from one to three quarter hours. They are to be arranged with the director of the Doctor of Philosophy in Missiology Program.