Religious Studies | Knowing the Will of God in Islam
R553 | 27829 | Jaques

Knowing the Will of God in the Islamic tradition is one of its most
important theological and legal issues. How is it that Muslims know
what God wants them to do? What are the implications of getting it
wrong? And, what happens if you get it right? The course will
examine issues such as 1) the nature and scope of revelation, 2) the
nature of good and evil, and 3) free will vs. predestination. The
course will also explore Muslim views of creation, cosmology (the
nature of God, angels, jinn, demons, and Satan, life after death,
especially the issue of martyrdom), and eschatology (the end times).
Course Requirements: there will be weekly one page essays that
discuss the readings, one midterm take-home essay, and a final
written research paper that explores of the topics discussed during
the class (12-15 pages)

Note: Graduate Section will have additional requirements.