Current courses offered

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

Fall 2018 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HIST 118 - 01 Middle East and North Africa - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MHC 206

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

MHC 206

Course Registration Number:

41490 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Shaherzad R. Ahmadi

Introduces students to historical reasoning. Students learn to analyze historical evidence in context in order to explain how the past produced the ever-changing present. This course introduces students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the region's interaction with global powers. With special attention placed on global developments and local responses, the course will highlight the origins and expansion of Islamic empires, modern interactions with the West through imperialism and oil concessions, responses to this interaction from nationalist, secularist, and Islamist movements, and the issues these responses generate in the present day, including questions of ethnic conflict and religious pluralism. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 118 - W02 Middle East and North Africa M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 414

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC 414

Course Registration Number:

43138 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Wesley W. Lummus

Introduces students to historical reasoning. Students learn to analyze historical evidence in context in order to explain how the past produced the ever-changing present. This course introduces students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the region's interaction with global powers. With special attention placed on global developments and local responses, the course will highlight the origins and expansion of Islamic empires, modern interactions with the West through imperialism and oil concessions, responses to this interaction from nationalist, secularist, and Islamist movements, and the issues these responses generate in the present day, including questions of ethnic conflict and religious pluralism. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 118 - W03 Middle East and North Africa M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 414

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

JRC 414

Course Registration Number:

43139 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Wesley W. Lummus

Introduces students to historical reasoning. Students learn to analyze historical evidence in context in order to explain how the past produced the ever-changing present. This course introduces students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the region's interaction with global powers. With special attention placed on global developments and local responses, the course will highlight the origins and expansion of Islamic empires, modern interactions with the West through imperialism and oil concessions, responses to this interaction from nationalist, secularist, and Islamist movements, and the issues these responses generate in the present day, including questions of ethnic conflict and religious pluralism. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 424 - 01 Christianity/World Religion - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 481

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

JRC 481

Course Registration Number:

43331 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Jennifer M. Sanders

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 424 - L01 Christianity/World Religion M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC 222

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

JRC 222

Course Registration Number:

41757 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Elaine C. MacMillan

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 424 - L02 Christianity/World Religion M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 JRC 222

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

JRC 222

Course Registration Number:

43083 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Elaine C. MacMillan

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2019 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HIST 118 - L01 Middle East and North Africa - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 JRC 246

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

1300 - 1600

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

10239 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Wesley W. Lummus

Introduces students to historical reasoning. Students learn to analyze historical evidence in context in order to explain how the past produced the ever-changing present. This course introduces students to the history and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the region's interaction with global powers. With special attention placed on global developments and local responses, the course will highlight the origins and expansion of Islamic empires, modern interactions with the West through imperialism and oil concessions, responses to this interaction from nationalist, secularist, and Islamist movements, and the issues these responses generate in the present day, including questions of ethnic conflict and religious pluralism. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 424 - 01 Christianity/World Religion - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 JRC 247

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

1300 - 1600

Location:

JRC 247

Course Registration Number:

10177 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Edward T. Ulrich

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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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.