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REL 170: Beginning with Abraham, Haqqani1REL170-01: Beginning with AbrahamFall 2018Dr. Shehnaz Haqqani, Assistant Professor of Religion, Columbus Roberts Department ofReligionClass time: MWF 9-9:50am, Willingham 203Office Hours: MWF 10-11am & 12-1; TR 12:30-1:30 in Knight 311 and by appointmentEmail:[email protected]Office phone: 478-301-2768Course DescriptionThis course surveys three major world religions that claim Abraham as their father: Judaism,Christianity, and Islam. Despite sharing a common spiritual father, the three religions often havehistorically had complicated relations and continue to do so, sometimes peaceful and sometimesviolent. The course highlights and explores some of the major themes in the religious traditionsand sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Focus is given to the following themes ofprophets, creation, and gender in these religions. The course is not intended as a comparativestudy or a study of the historical or political relations among these three religions. Instead, itserves as a starting point for understanding the similarities and differences between as well as thecommon origins of the religions.Course ObjectivesUpon successful completion of the course, students will be able to1.understand how followers of the respective faiths use and interpret their Scriptures.2.identify some of the major themes shared among the three religions.3.appreciate the ways that the three religions have shaped and been shaped by theirsurrounding cultures.4.analyze passages from the religious scriptures of the three faiths in their historical-cultural contexts.5.explore the history of interpretation of the scriptural traditions of Judaism, Christianity,and Islam.6.engage in constructive dialogues with people of other faiths through an enhancedunderstanding of religion.Successfully completing REL 170 allows students to meet CLA’s Religious Heritagerequirement. Students will appreciate religious heritage as exhibited by the ability to:1. Analyze scriptural and religious texts from Judeo-Christian traditions in their historical-cultural context;2. Explore the history of the interpretations of scriptural and religious texts from Judeo-Christiantraditions;3. Identify important aspects of Judeo-Christian traditions;4. Recognize the influence of Judeo-Christian traditions in the development of Western cultureor in contemporary social issues;
REL 170: Beginning with Abraham, Haqqani25. Recognize interrelations of the Abrahamic religions; and6. Articulate one’s own religious and/or spiritual convictions in order to engage in constructivedialogue with others whose ideas may differ.The College of Liberal Arts is keenly interested in assuring the quality and integrity of itsGeneral Education Program. For this reason ungraded assignments from randomly selectedstudents in REL 170 may be provided by the instructor to the CLA General EducationCommittee for assessment. The summary information from this process will be used to improve

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