ISM5131EN - The Life of Muhammad

Course description

Study of the life of Muhammad, primarily in Qur’anic and Muslim historical tradition, but also historical critical perspectives. Covers his birth, early life, spiritual awakening, revelations and rise to political power in the social, political and religious context from which Islam emerged. Considers his significance as the perfect example of a devoted Muslim and the issues this raises for modern Muslims.

How this course benefits students

Students need to understand the foundational role of Muhammad and see modern conflicts within and outside of Islam as having a primary foundation in the life and practices of Muhammad. The Muslim world cannot be understood apart from this.

Why this course is important

All the activities of this course are designed to foster missional outreach of the Gospel to the Muslim world.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Islamic Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Understanding Muhammad in the light of the scriptures will be essential to our understanding of Muslim lost-ness.

Missionally driven

All aspects of this class will work together to inspire Christians to outreach to the Muslims both local and around the world. Muhammad is the source of their problem and Christ is the solution.

Contextually informed

Understanding Muslim devotion to Muhammad in the context of their daily thought and expression will be strongly emphasized through on-line interaction with Muslims in their websites.

Interculturally focused

On-line interaction with Muslims will provide a strong intercultural interactive interchange between believers and the followers of the Prophet.

Practically minded

Through actual interaction with Muslims, students will learn and develop practical approaches to them.

Experientially transformed

The fieldwork experience of working with Muslims will be strongly emphasized in the course.