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RELS353 - Islam

Course Details

Course Code: RELS353 Course ID: 3135 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an introduction to Islam - and its associated civilization - through readings, case studies, projects, and interaction within the classroom. Course content will examine the people and nations that practice this fascinating religion.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (LO):

LO-1 Identify preconceived notions relating to Islam
LO-2 Compare and contrast the history, essential tenets, and central practices of Islam to Judaism and Christianity
LO-3 Describe the context in which Islam began

LO-4 Evaluate the impact Muhammad (PBUH) had on Islam

LO-5 Identify the Five Pillars of the Islamic faith

LO-6 Demonstrate completion of reading the Qur’an

LO-7 Evaluate what the Qu’ran says about tolerance, People of the Book, women’s roles and morals

LO-8 Distinguish how the hadiths and Islamic Law differ

LO-9 Interpret and debate the different aspects of jihad in Islam
LO-10 Explain the split in Islam into the two major sects – Sunni and Shi’a – and its modern manifestations in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and elsewhere

LO-11 Discuss the expansion of Islam

LO-12 Examine the various aspects of radical Islam

LO-13 Assess the relationship between Islam and the West

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Intro 2.22 %
Week 1 2.22 %
Week 2 2.22 %
Week 3 2.22 %
Forum 4 2.22 %
Week 5 2.22 %
Week 6 2.22 %
Week 7 2.22 %
Week 8 2.22 %
Thesis/Outline 20.00 %
Qur'an Paper Thesis/Outline 10.00 %
Final Paper Thesis/Outline 10.00 %
Qur'an Paper 30.00 %
Qur'an Paper 30.00 %
Integrative Paper 30.00 %
Final Research Essay 30.00 %

Required Course Textbooks

Brown, Daniel W. (2009) New Introduction to Islam. Publisher: Blackwell Publishers. 1405158077; 2nd edition

Located in RESOURCES as a .PDF file by chapter

Esposito, John L. (2002) What Everyone Needs To Know About Islam. Publisher: Oxford University Press, New York. ISBN 20020195157133

Accessed through the online library (Go to the Online Library and to the Online Catalog)

Haleem, Abdel M.A.S. (2005) The Qur’an [electronic resource] New York: Oxford University Press. Accessible through the Online Library The Qur'an

Go to the Online Library and to the Online Catalog

Lewis, B. & Buntzie, E.C. (2009). Islam: The Religion and the People. Publisher: Pearson

Education; ISBN: 100132230852; 3rd edition

Accessed through the online library

Islam: The Religion and the People Password: apusstudent

Additional Resources:

In RESOURCES you will find the required articles, help with APA guidelines, .PDF files for the Intro to Islam text, info to help with writing a thesis/outline and examples of the QURAN paper assignment.

Islam: Empire of Faith, a documentary by PBS Empire of Faith


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Book Title:Islam: The Religion and the People - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Pearson
Author:Churchill, Buntzie Ellis
Unit Cost:$12.60
Electronic ISBN:9781269456715
Electronic Unit Cost:$37.80
Book Title:What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, 2nd ed.- E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Oxford University Press
Author:Esposito, John L.
Unit Cost:$16.48
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:The Qur'an - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author:Haleem, M.A.S.Abdel
Unit Cost:$10.30

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.