Undergraduate Course: Christian-Muslim Relations: diatribe, discourse and dialogue (THET10050)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores a variety of polemical and irenic writings by both Christians and Muslims throughout history. 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.
This course explores a variety of polemical and irenic writings by both Christians and Muslims throughout history.
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:
The course will include a combination of short lectures, either pre-recorded or delivered in person. The majority of the class session will engage with close readings of prescribed texts in which lecturer and students explore the main arguments of the text and its implications for the academic study of religion and theology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand some of the key issues which shaped the discourses between Christians and Muslims from the 8th/9th centuries to the modern period and 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.
- Deepen their knowledge of Christian and Muslim theologies through writing one class essay using primary and secondary literature and 3 essays in the exam using similar tools.
- Enhance class engagement through presenting to their colleagues one prepared oral seminar, participated constructively in discussion and shown ability to appreciate class and lecturer feedback to improve their written seminar.
- Gain a much deeper and more nuanced insight into the varying modes and themes of discussion between Christian and Muslim scholars and its relevance today.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Capacity to modify, suspend or otherwise change position when warranted
- Ability to gather, evaluate and synthesise different types of information
- Writing skills, including clear expression and citing relevant evidence
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
|Course organiser||Dr Joshua Ralston
Tel: (0131 6)50 8928
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227