Although Islam is a growing religion through much of the world, it is not usually very well understood by the church. In this course, you will gain foundational knowledge of the origin, history, writings, doctrine, and structure of Islam, and learn who Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was in comparison to Jesus Christ. All too often there is confusion about Allah being the same God as Yahweh. You will discover in this course that the nature and character of Yahweh and Allah are really very different. You will also learn about the missional objectives and strategies of Islam compared with those of Christianity, as well as exploring missional methods of presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the origin, history, writings, doctrine, and structure of Islam.
  • Compare the character and role of Muhammad (the founder of Islam) with that of Jesus Christ (the founder of Christianity).
  • Compare the nature and character of Yahweh with that of Allah.
  • Compare the missional objectives and strategies of Islam with those of Christianity.
  • Critique methods and models for presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Islam
  • Unit 2: Muhammad
  • Unit 3: Allah
  • Unit 4: Islamisation
  • Unit 5: Witness

Required Reading
Akinade AE 2014. Christian Responses to Islam in Nigeria: A Contextual Study of Ambivalent Encounters (Christianities of the World). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Azumah J, Sanneh, L 2013. The African Christian and Islam. Cumbria: Langham Monographs.
Brother Marko 2016. Identity Theft: Unmasking Allah’s Fraudulent Claim to Yahweh’s Throne. EGEIRO Ministry
Garrison D 2014. A Wind in the House of Islam. Monument: WIGTake Resources.
Parshall P 2011. Contextualization. Chapter 12 in Toward Respectful Understanding and Witness among Muslims: Essays in Honor of J. Dudley Woodberry. Edited by J. D Woodberry and EA. Reisacher. Pasadena: William Carey Library.
Qureshi N 2015. What is God Really Like: Tawhid or Trinity? Dr. Shabir Ally and Dr. Nabeel Qureshi Debate. Online video. Accessed from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWpqqqZn7Kg,2018-07-03
Reisacher EA 2016. Joyful Witness in the Muslim World: Sharing the Gospel in Everyday Encounters. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.
Schirrmacher C 2008. Islam: An Introduction. The WEA Global Issues Series (Vol 6). Bonn: Culture and Science Publishing.
Schirrmacher T 2018. The Koran and the Bible (World of Theology, Series 7). Eugene: Wipf and Stock.
Smith KG 2017. Models of Witness to Muslims. Johannesburg: SATS.
Sookhdeo P 2008. The Challenge of Islam to the Church and its Mission. McLean: Isaac Publishing.
Turaki Y 2010. Tainted Legacy: Islam, colonialism and slavery in Northern Nigeria. McLean: Isaac Publishing.
Warner B 2014. A Simple Koran: A Reconstructed Historical Koran (The Islamic Trilogy Book 3). USA: CSPI Publishing, Inc.
Warner B 2014. The Life of Mohammed: The Sira (A Taste of Islam Book 2). USA: CSPI Publishing, Inc.
Warner B 2014. The Political Traditions of Muhammad: The Hadith for Unbelievers (The Islamic Trilogy Book 2). USA: CSPI Publishing, Inc.
Woodberry JD, Reisacher EA 2011. Toward Respectful Understanding and Witness among Muslims: Essays in Honor of J. Dudley Woodberry. Edited by J. Dudley Woodberry and Evelyne A. Reisacher. Pasadena: William Carey Library.