The Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies is designed to prepare people to comprehend 21st century Islamic thought and practices by providing a basic understanding of Islamic cultures, history, and religion. It is also useful for developing creative strategies for bridging differences between Muslim and Western worldviews and value systems.
The Certificate in Islamic Studies requires three core courses.
AC5310 Core Components of Islam (on-campus/online). This course examines core elements of Islam – Muhammad, the Quran, Tradition, Law and their impact on worldview, values and other cultural expressions among Muslim peoples. (Recommend that this course be taken as early as possible.)
AC5316 Dynamics of Contextualization (online). This course examines the nature of cross cultural service within Islamic settings, noting underlying assumptions, challenges and limitations.
AC5318 Understanding the Qur’an. This course examines the Qur’an’s organization, history of compilation, variant readings, major themes, approaches to interpretation, historical subtext, key and problematic texts, and an approach to reading it.
Two elective courses are required from among those offered by the Abraham Center. Check out our courses page for a full list of Abraham Center courses.
- AC5312 Islam in the 21st Century. This course explores practical and ideological variations within Islam’s current social, political and economic life and structures.
- AC5314 Modern Islamic Religious and Political Movements. This course focuses on contemporary Islamic reform and revitalization movements and their implications for Muslim self understanding.
- AC5315 Abrahamic Monotheism: Abrahamic Faiths, their Origins, and Interactions
- AC5319 Abrahamic Messianism: Abrahamic Perspectives on Messianic Expectation
- AC5321 Abrahamic Community Internship
- AC5322 Abrahamic Shared Stories
- AC5241 Arabic 1 (FALL)
- AC5242 Arabic 2 (SPRING)
- AC5243 Colloquial Arabic (SPRING)
- AC5309 Hermeneutics of Translation (SPRING)