Exploring Islam

This unit will provide the basis for understanding Islam as a religion as observed in the world today. To do so it explores the historical, cultural, theological, philosophical and political background of Islam. This is necessary for understanding the complex cross currents of Christian-Muslim relations in contemporary society.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: CCM505
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Kevin Hovey


Awards offering Exploring Islam

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Compare the prominent views of the history of Islam;
  2. Analyse the central elements of Islamic theology, faith and practice, and how they emerged and evolved;
  3. Appraise the various Christian approaches to effective interaction with Muslims;
  4. Critique one of the themes related to Islamic origins;
  5. Examine aspects of the diversity within modern Islamic society such as amongst Muslim Women, various reform movements, the Salafi movement, and Sufiism.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to Islam
  • Modern Approaches to the History of Islam
  • The Development of Islamic Theology and Thought
  • The Expansion of Islam
  • Modern Movements within Islam
  • Principles for effective communication with Muslims
  • Sufiism
  • Women in Islam
  • Conclusion

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Postings (20%)
  • Report on visit to a Mosque (20%)
  • Minor Essay (20%)
  • Major Essay (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided