Course Descriptions

MECR 5/348 Islamic Thought and Practice - Credit Hours: 3

Semester normally offered: Spring

Course Description

This course introduces the religion and history of Islam from the time of the Prophet Muhammad (7th century AD) until today, with an emphasis on the development of basic themes and trends which are a part of Islam today.

Course Equivalencies

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:  

  • Islam
  • Comparative Religion
  • Middle East History

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the life of Muhammad and the history of Islam;
  • list the basic tenets of Islam and its sacred texts; and
  • outline and discuss current issues in Islamic studies with regard to religious law, education, mysticism, jihad, dhimma, reformism and fundamentalism.

Field Study

A one-day interactive field study to a Muslim community and mosque.