Course Summary

A comparative study

The course identifies and analyzes key issues in the encounter between Christianity and Islam. 3 semester hours of graduate credit.


• Apply critical analysis in a comparative study of Islam and Christianity

• Explain foundational elements in Islamic history and doctrine

• Recognize concepts that distinguish Islamic and Christian doctrine relative to God, Jesus, and salvation

Credit.  Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on three multiple choice examinations, a formal paper, and an activity summation. Each graded element is valued at 20 percent of the course grade.  A sample multiple choice problem is given below.

The First Surah is commonly seen as a (A) benediction for all Muslim prayers, (B) creed for Muslims, (C) summary of all the teachings contained in the Qur’an, (D) prayer by Muhammad for his followers.

Resources. The syllabus, a Bible, and a Qur'an are primary sources. But the following text will fill out the academic background and prepare you for exams. However, resources such as those listed in the Extended Resources will be necessary for writing the paper.

Rahman, Fazlur. Islam. 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press, 1979. 278 pages. $26 ISBN: 978-0226702810 (Although the book was written several years ago, it is an excellent and most informative work.)