Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired a good knowledge of the basic elements of Islam, as religion (creeds, rituals, ethics, laws), society and history. They will be capable of understanding the varied presence of Islam in their respective countries and also ready to be involved in interreligious dialogue. This objective will be met by means of the following learning activities: 1. Attendance at lessons. 2. Expositions by the lecturer. 3. Personal reading, following indications from the lecturer. 4. Writing a paper on a topic chosen in agreement with the lecturer.
1. Islam in the world today. Unity and diversity. 2. Muhammad. Prophet and Statesman. 3. Understanding the Qur’an. 4. The basic beliefs and practices of Islam. 5. The development of Islam after the death of Muhammad. 6. The Shi’a. An alternative form of Islam. 7. Introduction to Islamic Law. 8. Islamic spirituality. 9. Islamic theology and philosophy. 10. Islamic movements today. 11. Dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
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