Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE THL4100

 
TITLE World Religions

 
LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Faculty of Theology

 
DESCRIPTION The main objective of this study-unit is to give a general background to the rise of Islam and contemporary Judaism.

Students will be introduced to thes doctrines and practice of Islam, as well as the intellectual, cultural and spiritual movements to which it has given rise. They will have the opportunity to study issues related to comminity, a Prophet, the Sacred Text, rituals and beliefs as well as the Islamic Moral Code [Sharia] and A Mystical Tradition. All these aspects will be studied in the light of the teachings of the Qur'an and Muslim theological discourse as well as their impact on the everyday life of the Muslim community.

In the second part of the study-unit students will also be introduced to the basic concepts and practices of Contemporary Judaism. This will include brief studies on the Nature of God, the Covenant, Messianism and the Future Hope, Divisions within Judaism, Zionism and the State of Israel, Worship, Festivals, Fasts, Childhood and Youth, Maturity, the Jewish Home and Everyday Living, Death and Mourning.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are to give a general background to Judaism and to the rise of Islam, their doctrines and practices, as well as the intellectual, cultural and spiritual movements to which they have given rise.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Acquire a better appreciation of Judaism / Islam and the way they are lived by the adherents of these religions;
- Acquire a better understanding of the fundamental theological convergencies and divergences between Christianity and Judaism / Christianity and Islam;
- Better understand the dynamics of Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim dialogue.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to transmit in pastoral placements, as well as in an educational environment a sincere engagement in Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- COOK, Michael. The Koran: A Very Short Introduction, OUP, Oxford 2000.
- HOURANI, Albert and RUTHVEN, Malise. A History of the Arab Peoples,(New ed.) Faber and Faber, London 2005.
- KHALIDI, Tarif. The Qur’an: A New Translation, Penguin Classics, 2009.
- RIPPIN, Andrew. Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices, (3rd ed.) Routledge, London 2005.
- Relevant articles taken from the Encyclopedia Judaica on CD-Rom obtainable through Davka Corporation.
- BARNAVI E., A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People, Hutchinson, London 1992.
- COHN-SHERBOK D., Judaism. History, belief and practice. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, London and New York, 2003.
- BARNAVI E., A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People, Hutchinson, London 1992.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Joseph Ellul
Marcello Ghirlando

 
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