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Fall 2013/Sacramento



MR550: INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM. Charles Tieszen.

DESCRIPTION: A foundational course, covering the emergence and development of Muslim faith and practice by journeying through Islam’s defining stages of development. The course will look at Islam’s main components both thematically as well as by an exploration of its varieties of expression. Implications for Christians living and working among Muslims, as well as for the advancement of good Christian-Muslim relations will remain the driving concerns.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: (1) Acquire an authentic understanding of Islam as a basis for further specialized study and ministry; (2) Overcome prejudices and assumptions resulting from misinformation today between Christians and Muslims globally; (3) Develop a faithful way to think and act Christianly towards Islam and Muslims

COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet for 10 weeks, once each week for three-hour sessions of lecture and discussion.


Calder, Norman, Jawid Mojaddedi, and Andrew Rippin, eds. Classical Islam: A Sourcebook of Religious Literature. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2012. ISBN: 9780415505086, Pub. Price $45.95 [384 pp.]

Mattson, Ingrid. The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life. 2nd ed. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. ISBN: 9780470673492, Pub. Price $29.95 [312 pp.]

Reynolds, Gabriel Said. The Emergence of Islam: Classical Traditions in Contemporary Perspective. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780800698591, Pub. Price: $35.00 [224 pp.]

Rippin, Andrew. Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices. 4th ed. New York: Routledge, 2012. ISBN: 9780415489409, Pub. Price $45.95 [368 pp.]

Course readings as distributed by professor.


Guillaume, Alfred. The Life of Muhammad: A Translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sīrat Rasūl Allah. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN: 978019630331, Pub Price $55.95.

Kateregga, Badru D., and David W. Shenk. A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue. Scottdale: Herald Press, 1980, 1997. ISBN: 9780836190526, Pub. Price $14.00.

Renard, John. Islam and Christianity: Theological Themes in Comparative Perspective. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780520266780, Pub. Price $26.95.

Yusuf Ali, A. An English Interpretation of the Holy Qur’an. Lushena Books, 2001. ISBN: 978193009769, Pub. Price $10.95.


  1. Write a 250-word interactive review on required readings 1, 2, 3, and 4 (40%).

  2. Write a 4,000-word research essay in which you evaluate a major historical or theological theme comparatively and critically between Islam and Christianity (consult professor for guidance on topics; Renard/Kateregga and Shenk will also be particularly helpful) (60%).


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Foundational course for Islamic Studies concentration. Meets MDiv core requirement in Missions (MIN 8). Meets globalization (GLBL) requirement for SOT MA programs. Serves as a course substitute for MB501.


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.