This unit provides an introduction to Islam by looking at its historical development, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the place of the Quran in Islamic life, central beliefs & practices of Muslims, as well as historical Western and Christian interactions with Islam and Muslims. Particular attention will be paid to understanding the spiritual world and daily life of Muslims in various contexts, as well as barriers and bridges that can inhibit or facilitate understanding, positive interaction and fruitful encounters with Muslim neighbours. The unit will include talks and discussions with Muslims about their faith, as well as a visit to a local Mosque.

Unit code: AR2065W (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Religious Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Outline the historical development of Islam


Outline the central beliefs and practices of Muslims


Articulate the importance of the Quran and the role of the Prophet Muhammad in Islam


Articulate popular Islamic beliefs and practices


Critique historical interactions with Muslims that have led to misunderstanding and confrontation

Unit sequence

Two Level 1 units in Fields B C and/or D.


Lectures, tutorials, site visitation

Indicative Bibliography

  • Accad, Fouad Elias. Building Bridges: Christianity and Islam, Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1997. (recommended for purchase)
  • Denny, Frederick M. An Introduction to Islam. 4th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2010. (recommended for purchase)
  • Gordon Chandler, Paul. Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road, Lanham: Cowley Publications, 2007.
  • Kreinath, Jens. The Anthropology of Islam Reader, Oxon: Routledge, 2012.
  • Lawrence, Bruce. Who is Allah?, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2015.
  • Ling, Martin. Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2006, (recommended for purchase)
  • Love, Rick. Muslims, Magic And The Kingdom of God, Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2000.
  • Parshall, Phil. New Paths in Muslim Evangelism, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1980.
  • Qureshi Nabeel. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014. (recommended for purchase)
  • Saeed, Abdullah. Islam in Australia, Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2003.
  • Woodberry, Dudley. ed., Muslims and Christians on the Emmaus Road, Monrovia, California: MARC Publishers, 1989.
  • _________. ed., Seed to Fruit: Global Trends, Fruitful Practices, and Emerging Issues among Muslims, Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2011.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

One 2,000 word essay.

0 50.0
Book Review

One 1,000 word book report

0 20.0
Project Report or Project Journal

One 1,500 word research project

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 28 Jul, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:47 +1100