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Fall 2020
May 27, 2020
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INAF 296 - Muslim Jesus:E Christian Thght
This course explores how the Eastern Christian traditions understood and responded to Jesus as he is presented in the Qur’an, the Hadith, and other Islamic genres. Students will be introduced to a variety of literary genres, argumentation approaches, and theological positions among the Eastern Christian and Muslim communities from the seventh through the fourteenth centuries. The Syriac Orthodox Church and the Church of the East, as well as Chalcedonian Melkites, were the first Christian communities to live alongside the emerging community of believers gathered around Muhammad and the revelation of the Qur’an. Through Eastern Christian theological literary engagement—found in epistolary exchanges, public debates, historical notations, and direct refutations—this course examines Christian conceptions of the qur’anic Jesus, the Jesus found in the Hadith, and the Islamic Jesus of later interpretive works in comparative perspective. Students will gain familiarity with foundational texts, teachings, and tendencies of each religious community, as well as the Christological disputes that existed among the Eastern Christian traditions and how this influenced their engagement with “the Muslim Jesus."
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

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