Muslim Pastoral Theology | Hartford Seminary

Muslim Pastoral Theology (TH-614)

The terms “theological” and “spiritual” care are commonly used in the religious praxis of chaplaincy but their significance is rarely deeply understood in a way that can be applied to the practice of Muslim chaplaincy and in Muslim religious leadership in communities and institutions. In this course, we will explore the following questions:  How does sacred law (covenant/formation, boundaries/borders, divine nearness/distance) shape theological and spiritual care? How do theology and spirituality reflect cultural/religious perceptions and practices? How are institutions and the institutionalized relevant to shaping pastoral care? How is a chaplain’s care theological, spiritual, and/or pastoral? Why does a specifically Muslim pastoral theology matter as the theoretical and practical basis informing methods of care for Muslim chaplains? This intensive course explores the fundamentals of Islamic theological, legal, and spiritual theory and methods with an emphasis on socio-psychological technical skill, self-evaluation, and pastoral care practice. Through readings, lectures, small group discussions, and role-playing exercises students will learn to reflect and think theologically and to apply Muslim Pastoral Theology in community and/or institutional chaplaincy.

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Bilal W. Ansari


January 2020

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