Current courses offered

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

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Course - Section Title Days Time Location

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.