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LTR 5411 IslamThis course introduces the tradition of Islam from the authentic perspective of an active Muslim imam. The life of Muhammad, the Qur’an, central beliefs and traditions, schools of jurisprudence and the Shari’ah, the history of Islam, the social impact of Islam, and Islam’s theory of war and peace are among the topics. 3 credits. Imam Khan.
LTR 5413 Islam and Protestant African-American Churches
The critical challenge facing the Protestant African-American churches is the growing Islamic missionary activity in an increasingly pluralistic society. This course provides students with knowledge of Islam as a missionary religion. It focuses on the Islamic leadership to understand their worldview, motives and means of mission, and approaches to contextualization. Students will also look at the response of African-American churches and study how to better respond to the Islamic missionary challenge. 2 credits. Dr. Jones.
LTR 5421 ConfucianismThis course is an examination of major themes in the social philosophy and lifestyle of Confucianism, wherein filial piety is the way to the Way. The life of Confucius and his teachings, including the five relationships, will be studied and compared with Unificationism. Neo-Confucianism, key figures such as Mencius, the important texts, and the impact of Confucianism on China, Korea, and Japan will be considered. 3 credits. Faculty.
LTR 5431 BuddhismThe major themes of Buddhism and the heart of Buddhist practice are the subject of this course. Both Theravada and Mahayana traditions will be considered. Topics include the life of Shakyamuni, the Buddhist vision of reality encapsulated in the Four Noble Truths, monastic discipline and the order of the Sangha, and the state of enlightenment or Nirvana. 2 credits. Wangdue.