Current courses offered

The courses below relate to Islamic civilization or Muslim-Christian dialogue

Fall 2017 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HIST 118 - W01 Middle East and North Africa - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MHC 211

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

MHC 211

Course Registration Number:

41612 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Wesley W. Lummus

This course will introduce students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa with special attention to the impact of successive Islamic movements that shaped the modern-day political system of Islam and that continues to inform their interactions with Europe and the West today. The organizing theme of the course is "Contact and Change," which will afford an opportunity to examine two of the principal challenges facing historians: accounting for change and understanding people and societies separated from us by space and time. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

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HIST 118 - W02 Middle East and North Africa - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 204

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OEC 204

Course Registration Number:

41613 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Wesley W. Lummus

This course will introduce students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa with special attention to the impact of successive Islamic movements that shaped the modern-day political system of Islam and that continues to inform their interactions with Europe and the West today. The organizing theme of the course is "Contact and Change," which will afford an opportunity to examine two of the principal challenges facing historians: accounting for change and understanding people and societies separated from us by space and time. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

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HIST 118 - W03 Middle East and North Africa - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MHC 208

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

MHC 208

Course Registration Number:

43250 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Wesley W. Lummus

This course will introduce students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa with special attention to the impact of successive Islamic movements that shaped the modern-day political system of Islam and that continues to inform their interactions with Europe and the West today. The organizing theme of the course is "Contact and Change," which will afford an opportunity to examine two of the principal challenges facing historians: accounting for change and understanding people and societies separated from us by space and time. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

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THEO 424 - 02 Christianity/World Religion M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 SCB 104

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

SCB 104

Course Registration Number:

42136 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Hans S. Gustafson

This course is a comparison of the teachings and practices of Christianity with the teachings and practices of selected non-Christian religions, for example, American Indian (Lakota), Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The aim of the course will be to clarify similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions, to reflect on the problem posed by religious pluralism in modern culture, and to develop a Christian theology of world religions. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 490 - W01 Leadership Religions Workplace - - W - - - - 1730 - 2115 JRC 246

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1730 - 2115

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

43065 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Fred Dominic Longo, Teresa J. Rothausen

This course develops in students the knowledge, skill, and practical wisdom to be interreligious leaders in today's world. Interreligious leadership is energetic engagement with the religious diversity that characterizes our societies and communities today. Interreligious leaders engage their own and other religious traditions to find wisdom and other spiritual resources that fuel their inner and outer work. They pay attention with curiousity and appreciation to religious differences, and then proactively build mutual understanding across these differences through dialogue. Through interaction with guest speakers, community engagement activities, case studies, role plays, a range of course readings and videos, and reflective writing to integrate learning, this bridge course will widen religious literacy well beyond the Christian tradition, foster practical leadership skills, and expose students to a range of professional scenarios where interreligious issues generate challenge and opportunity. Drawing on the fields of spirituality, leadership development, interreligious dialogue, comparative theology, and conflict resolutions, this course prepares students to contribute to human flourishing in a more just society through successful and satisfying professional lives in which they are engaged with their own and other's religious identities,commitments and practices. Practical examples and cases will come from a range of industries, business functions, and professions, such as health care, manufacturing, technology, education, public policy, law, engineering, marketing and finance.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 424 - 01 Christianity/World Religion - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 JRC 222

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

1300 - 1600

Location:

JRC 222

Course Registration Number:

10305 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Carissa S. Wyant

This course is a comparison of the teachings and practices of Christianity with the teachings and practices of selected non-Christian religions, for example, American Indian (Lakota), Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The aim of the course will be to clarify similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions, to reflect on the problem posed by religious pluralism in modern culture, and to develop a Christian theology of world religions. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 461 - W01 Comp. Theo. of Sex/Gender/Body - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 117

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1200

Location:

MCH 117

Course Registration Number:

10272 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Fred Dominic Longo

This course provides an introduction to theological reflection on sex, gender, and the body in the Christian tradition and the Islamic religious traditions. It is a comparative theological course in that it juxtaposes texts of diverse perspectives from these two religious traditions in order to seek deeper understanding of sex, gender, and the body. This “Bridge 2 course” prompts students to reflect on their vocation as a sexual, gendered, and embodied being, and to do so interreligiously. While the course will take into consideration how theology has collaborated with patriarchal, imperial, ethnic, heteronormative, and socio‐economic powers, the central focus will be on contemporary feminist, queer, and post‐colonial theologies that attempt to undermine oppressive systems in Asian, Latin American, North American, Middle Eastern, and/or other contexts. This course also fulfills the Human Diversity core requirement and is crosslisted with Women’s Studies. Prerequisites: THEO101, THEO 2xx or THEO 3xx, and PHIL115

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Expanded course list

Additional Fall 2016 course offerings

THEO 101-W02, W03  Christian Theological Tradition
Dr. Dominic Longo

The emphasis of this special section of THEO 101 is for students from a variety of cultural and religious affilitations to learn Christian theology in dialogue with Islanic theology. It is thus especiall well suited for students who identify as Muslim or Christian and who are interested in exploring religious and theological difference.

In introducing students to the theological frameworks that Christians have used to address questions of faith and human existence, this section will also expose students to Islamic approaches to similar questions. As students read classic texts from the Bible and Christian theology, they will also consider excerpts from the Quran and Islamic theological texts.

The course will explicitly recognize and honor the range of positions that students have with regard to religion--from being committed to a particular religious tradition to having a family heritage in one or more traditions to questionaing profoundly the existence of God and the meaning of life. These "orientations" around religion are not mutually exclusive and can coexist in the same person. In this section, we will therefore learn Christian theology in dialogue with each other, with our range of "orientations" around religion, by returning again and again to such questions as: "What value could critical reflection on Catholic theology and the broader Christian tradition have for Muslims or for members of other religious communitiies?" and "What do Christian theological traditions offer people today who do not believe in God or who are agnostic or 'spiritual but not religious' or 'none'?"

THEO 490-L02 Comparative Theology of Sex, Gender, and the Body
Dr. Dominic Longo

This course provides and introduction to theological reflection on sex, gender, and the body in the Christian and Islamic traditions. It is a comparative theological course in that it juxtaposes texts of diverse perspectives from these two religious traditions in order to seek deeper understanding of sex, gender, and the body. This "Bridge course" in the Theology department prompts students to reflect on their vocation as a sexual, gendered, and embodied being, and to do so interreligiously.

While the course takes into consideration how theology has collaborated with patriarchal, imperial ethnic, heteronormative, and socio-economic powers, the central focus is on contemporary feminist, queer, and post-colonial theologies that attempt to undermind oppressive systems in Asian, Latin American, North American, Middle Eastern, and/or other contexts.

At least half of this course focuses on the sex, gender, and bodies of women and on women's theological reflections on these topics. The experiences and perspectives of those embodied differently, such as people who are transgender or have disabilities, are also considered.

Below is an expanded list of courses which relate to Islamic civilization or Muslim-Christian dialogue

THEO 424 Christianity and World Religions (4 credits)

This course is a comparison of the teachings and practices of Christianity with the teachings and practices of selected non-Christian religions, for example, American Indian (Lakota), Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The aim of the course will be to clarify similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions, to reflect on the problem posed by religious pluralism in modern culture, and to develop a Christian theology of world religions. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

THEO 426 Islam (4 credits)

This course is designed to familiarize students with the basic beliefs and practices of Islam in its diverse cultural expressions worldwide, including worship, family life, and intellectual and artistic traditions. Through a close reading of Qur'anic and biblical texts, students will consider how Islam is both similar to and different from the other two major monotheistic faiths, Judaism and Christianity. Finally, the course will examine how both Islam and Christianity are meeting the challenges of modern culture. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

HIST 253 Cities of the Middle East (4 credits)

A survey of the history of major cities in the Middle East and North Africa. This course will trace the region's history through the foundation and development of the cities that served as the centers of the significant political entities since 600 A.D. Each week will focus on the symbolism and functionality of urban space and architecture as well as the role of politics, religion, and global trade in the formation of one of the following cities: Jerusalem, Mecca and Madina, Baghdad, Cairo, Istanbul, Isfahan, Beirut and Algiers. The course will seek an answer to the question of whether history shapes the city or the city shapes history.