Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the major world religions, their histories, beliefs, and practices. It explores the significance of religion, examines a range of religious belief systems and considers the impact of religion on our contemporary society. Taking a comparative approach to the study of religions, the course examines the similarities and differences between Islam and other major religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, and Baha’i. It explores the fundamental beliefs, practices, and rituals of these religions and compares them with Islamic beliefs and practices. The course also discusses the challenges and opportunities of interfaith dialogue and the importance of understanding other religions in a globalized world. Through readings, discussions, and assignments, students will gain an understanding of the diversity and complexity of religious traditions and the ways in which they shape culture, society, and individual beliefs.

Course Code: AQE303

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: AQE302

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of the major world religions and their historical and cultural contexts.
  • Explore the diversity of religious traditions and the ways in which they interact and influence each other.
  • Examine the ethical and moral teachings of different religious traditions.
  • Analyze the role of religion in shaping political and social systems.
  • Evaluate the challenges and controversies facing contemporary religions.
  • Critically examine the key concepts and practices of major world religions and compare them to Islamic beliefs and practices.
  • Develop an appreciation for the role of religion in shaping individual identity and community formation.
  • Engage in respectful and informed interfaith dialogue with individuals from diverse religious backgrounds.
  • Apply critical thinking and research skills to the analysis of primary and secondary sources related to world religions.
  • Develop an understanding of the ways in which religious diversity can contribute to personal growth and social harmony.