L608 Fall 2018 Christianity and Islam: Sources of Peace and Conflict Resolution
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Sept. 20–Oct. 11
Instructor: Abdulaziz Sachedina
The main objective of this course is to enable members of the two traditions to appreciate and to be aware of the peace-building and conflict-resolution efforts between these two world religions. Historical encounters between these religions have not always exemplified the magnanimity of the common spiritual and moral teachings of the two traditions. This course will examine the scriptural sources and evaluate their importance for peaceful coexistence today. The goal is to give the opportunity for conversation between the followers of Christianity and the followers of Islam in North America. Readings will include selected passages from the Qur’an and the New Testament for class discussion. Be prepared for lively discussions about commonalities and differences between the two traditions.
Abdulaziz Sachedina is professor and International Institute in Islamic Thought (IIIT) Chair in Islamic Studies at Mason. Sachedina has studied in India, Iraq, Iran, and Canada, and received his PhD from the University of Toronto. He has been conducting research and writing in the field of Islamic law, ethics, and theology (Sunni and Shiite) for more than two decades. In the last ten years he has concentrated on social and political ethics, including interfaith and intrafaith relations, Islamic biomedical ethics, and Islam and human rights.