REL4530 Muslim Peoples: a Sociological Approach
Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Building on the students prior study of the basic tenets of Islam, this course will focus on the impact Islam has on the daily life of Muslims in terms of economics, politics, globalization, and immigration. Attention will be given to comparing and contrasting the sociological makeup of various Muslim societies.
How This Course Benefits Students:
Learners need to develop a framework, culturally-appropriate approaches and effective techniques that help them analyze Islam and its belief system. Students ministering to those from Islamic cultures need to be aware of the variety of beliefs and lived experience of friends and acquaintances and know the important cultural differences between various interpretations of Islam.
Why This Course Is Important:
Islam has over a billion followers spread over Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. All peoples, including Muslim friends, coworkers and acquaintances, need to hear the gospel in a way they can understand and respond and then have the opportunity to be disciples in a faith community. A focused course on understanding various Islamic cultures will help students develop more authentic witnessing relationships and communication skills.