AQE303 MUSLIM SECTS & COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS

Course Description:

The analysis of the different groups and their fundamental differences that exist under the umbrella of Islam. An analytical and historical approach is taken discussing various groups such as the Rebels (Khawarij) the Supporters (Shiaa’h), and different sects of Sufis.

Course Code: AQE303

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: AQE202

Course Objective:

The students will be able to understand the origin and differences of various sects in Islam. As result of that they will understand Islam better and will not be a victim / target of any extremist point of view. Getting introduced to Jewish and Christian tradition and faiths will help them understand how they can live with better understanding with the followers of other religions and at the same as a practicing and proud Muslims.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to Muslim Sects:
  • Muslim Sects:
  1. Sunnis
  2. Kharijites
  3. Ash’arites
  4. Maturidia
  5. Murjiites
  6. Mutazilite
  7. Shiates
  8. Twelvers
  9. Ishmaelites
  • Study of world Religions: Islamic Perspective
  • Contribution of Muslims in Studying World Religions
  • Islam and other Religions.
  • Judaism
  • Christianity

Main Textbook:

Religions of the World  by  Lewis Hopfe

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Weekly Assignments: 30% (10 assignments, 3% each)
  • Attendance:  10%
  • Mid-Term exam:  10%
  • Final exam:  10%
  • Oral exam:  20%
  • Research paper:  20%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

 1- A part of the course requirements is to submit a research paper, except for certain courses.

 2- The chosen topic must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.

 3- Joint project / research is allowed, up to 3 students, and upon the instructor’s approval.

 4- The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • Consider either MLA or APA guides for writing research papers
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadeeth, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

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  • Your work will be checked and graded on weekly basis, in sha Allah.

Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing moral and well-knowledgeable leaders who provide research-based Islamic alternatives that enable the Muslims to contribute to the success of their country.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.