Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the fundamental beliefs of the Islamic faith and the differences various Islamic sects hold regarding them. Students will study the historical development of the main theological schools and see how these creeds affected later movements and philosophies. Students will be exposed to translated primary texts in theology, allowing them to experience how creed has been taught in the Islamic world over the centuries. An interreligious component is included in the course, allowing students to compare what they learn about the Islamic tradition with the theological teachings of other Abrahamic faiths. This is a weekly course that requires attendance, participation, weekly homework, a final paper, and two exams.

Course Code: AQE101

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify the six pillars of faith.
  2. Learn about the most important concepts of Islamic theology.
  3. Learn about the sources of Islamic theology.
  4. Learn about the development of Islamic sects.
  5. Identify influences from other religions and ideologies on Islamic sects.
  6. Identify the main scholars and texts in Islamic theology.
  7. Identify similarities and differences between the theologies of Abrahamic faiths.