The interpretation of Islam and Muslim encounters with Christianity has become highly politicized, ideological and controversial. Islam and Christianity are religious traditions often described as either sibling children of Abraham sharing much in common, or as part of a monolithic clash of civilizations. This course will survey the history of Christian-Muslim interactions from the 7th through the 21st centuries, giving attention to the historical and scriptural sources that speak on or about each other and their usage by Christian and Muslim interlocutors. The focus of the course will be to introduce students to the origins of the encounter, the diversity of historical contexts of the Middle East, Europe and North America, and how those encounters have been interpreted. Students will engage in historical research on specific topics to develop their own critical perspectives on Christian-Muslim Relations for public engagement.
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