This course affords students who have a solid understanding of Islam to deepen their understanding through an in-depth exploration of contemporary and controversial themes. You will be provided with a selection of themes, being required to select two and frame a research paper (argumentative essay) addressing each. Themes might include topics like the origins of Islam, the status of women in Islam, the legitimacy of insider movements as a mission strategy amongst Muslims, the Islamic Reformation, or the inspiration, transmission, and organization of the Quran.