Special Electives Spring 2013

This course is for students and preachers who desire to explore the theology and practice of preaching at a greater depth through engagement with the Revised Common Lectionary. Students will learn about the history and theological foci during different seasons of the church year with a specific focus on the seasons that coincide with the course. We will explore the lectionary texts at depth through commentary and preaching resources, discussing and offering strategies for preaching through a series of related texts, linked by chronology or seasonal theme. Evaluation will be based on student preaching and engagement in peer feedback process.

Two courses offered this spring in conjunction with the EMU Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE.) both courses will be taught by Dr. Amir Akrami, visiting scholar with CIE. Students who want to find out more about either course are encouraged to contact Gretchen Maust, Associate Director of the Center for Interfaith Engagement, at ._

CIE 530 Topics in Interfaith Studies: Introduction to Islam (1SH)

This course introduces Islam as a living and significant religion in today’s world. Beginning with the revelation of the Quran and the Prophet’s life, the main doctrinal, mythical, ethical- legal, spiritual-mystical, ritual and social dimensions of Islam will be exposed and discussed based on the teachings of the Quran and Islamic traditions.
In the context of interfaith engagement, wherever appropriate, hints will be made at those areas in which similarities and contrasts can be seen between Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

CIE 535 Topics in Interfaith Studies: Issues in Islam (2 SH)

This course focuses on issues such as the relation between Islam and other religions, Islam and modernity, Islam and violence, Islamic spirituality, Islamic theology and philosophy. Opportunity will be given for students to identify issues of interest. A wide variety of classical and contemporary views on these important aspects of Islam will be discussed, giving more attention to the responses of Muslim scholars to modern challenges. At appropriate points, comparisons will be made between Islam and other religious traditions to develop a better interfaith engagement. Assumes some fundamental knowledge of Islam as a prerequisite