Introducing Islam

This postgraduate unit  provides an in-depth introduction to Islam, the second largest religion in the world and in history and a significant part of the context in which Christian mission is carried out today. Accordingly it serves as a foundational unit in Missiology. It facilitates the acquisition of the historical background necessary for understanding the impact of Islam in the modern world and the importance of Christian-Muslim relations in contemporary society. It covers pre-Islamic Arabia, the life of the prophet Muhammad, the development and expansion of Islam, the Holy Quran and the Sunnah (traditions), the Five Pillars of Islam and the Sharica (Islamic Law), contemporary reform movements in Islam, Christian-Muslim Relations over the centuries, new opportunities for dialogue between Christians and Muslims in today’s world and particular topics such as women in Islam, fundamentalism, Sunni, Shica, Sufism.

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Christian Life and Ministry

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the key persons, events and movements in the origins, development and history of Islam
  2. display a perceptive understanding of the central elements of Islamic faith and practice
  3. engage in a constructive dialogue with Muslims in an informed, respectful and sensitive way
  4. counter negative stereotypes about Islam and engage collaboratively on the many truths and values Muslims hold in common with Christians
  5. apply knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to promote better relations between Christians and Muslims in the contemporary multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious Australian society.
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