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.
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.
All the activities of this course are designed to foster missional outreach of the Gospel to the Muslim world.
Understanding Muhammad in the light of the scriptures will be essential to our understanding of Muslim lost-ness.
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.
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.
On-line interaction with Muslims will provide a strong intercultural interactive interchange between believers and the followers of the Prophet.
Through actual interaction with Muslims, students will learn and develop practical approaches to them.
The fieldwork experience of working with Muslims will be strongly emphasized in the course.