The interpretation of Islam and Christian-Muslim encounters has become highly politicized, ideological, and controversial. Islam and Christianity have been described as either sibling children of Abraham sharing much in common or part of a monolithic clash of incompatible civilizations. This course will survey the history of Christian-Muslim relations, giving attention to the use and interpretation of historical sources by contemporary Christians and Muslims. Students will examine the origins of the encounter, the diversity of historical contexts, and how those encounters have been interpreted today. Students will engage with contemporary digital resources on specific topics to develop their own critical perspectives on Christian-Muslim relations for contemporary interpretation and public engagement.
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