This course is a historical exploration of selected Prophetic biographical literature. Its aim is to understand how the Prophet Muhammad’s embodiment of revelation is a guiding example to a deeper understanding of Muslim pastoral care and praxis. We will engage not only the prophetic biography (Sirah) but also complementary elements of the Qur’an, hadith, jurisprudential literature, theological works, and Sufi devotional texts. This engagement will be through the medium of theological reflection through readings, lectures, small group discussions, and role-playing exercises. Students who take this class will cultivate and nurture their own tools of theological reflection to learn ethics-based spiritual care with Prophet Muhammad as the central exemplar.
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