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Postgraduate Course: From diatribe to dialogue in Christian-Muslim relations (THET11040)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course looks at some of the most critical historical and contemporary discussions between Christians and Muslims on faith and doctrine.
Course description Academic Description:
This course explores a variety of polemical and irenic writings by both Christians and Muslims throughout history.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
Through a close reading of select theological texts, ranging from the 8th century to the present day, the course examines the doctrinal issues which engaged the most brilliant minds in both religions. The course covers (in translation) Greek, Latin and Arabic texts covering themes such as christology, Mariology and Sufism.

Student Learning Experience Information:
Every week, in each two hour slot, there will be a prescribed close reading in which lecturer and students explore the main arguments of the text. This is followed by student seminar presentations based on themes emerging from those readings which will demonstrate student knowledge, critical engagement and receptivity to class feedback.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4,000 word essay (75%);
Weekly written reflection on texts for the PG seminars (25%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understood some of the key issues which shaped the discourses between Christians and Muslims from the 8th/9th centuries to the modern period.
  2. Engaged critically with primary texts and by judicious use of secondary sources, learnt to appreciate the continuing importance of understanding theology in an inter-religious context.
  3. Been able to demonstrate the ability to develop and deliver a presentation for a seminar.
  4. Have participated in constructive discussion and debate with other seminar members in a respectful manner.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Joshua Ralston
Tel: (0131 6)50 8928
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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