Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Islam and Muslim Christian Relations

Curriculum Description
The contemporary world presents special challenges and opportunities for interactions among the peoples of the world. Both globalization and recognition of special ethnic and local identities create the risk of violent conflict as well as constructive cooperation. The great communities of religious believers play a special role in these interactions. Muslims and Christians have interacted as individuals, groups, and civilization for fourteen centuries, and the nature of their relations in the contemporary world play an important part in determining whether humanity's future will involve a great clash of civilizations or a successful civilizational dialogue.

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University established a program leading to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree in order to provide an opportunity for people to gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations.

Faculty Advisor
John O. Voll, Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and Professor of Islamic History

Degree Requirements 
In order to earn a Master's degree in the Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations curricular field, students must complete six courses in this field including one Core course and one Human Values course or two Core courses, and a three-credit thesis reflecting this field.  To complete the total number of credits required for the MALS degree, 30 credits, three elective courses may be selected from any Liberal Studies courses or up to two courses at the University appropriate to this degree with the approval of the Program Director.  The selected curricular field will appear on the final transcript of record.

Curricular Field
Click here for the current pamphlet describing the requirements for this field and the listing of its courses and faculty advisor.  The following courses are a sampling of recent course offerings in this field.

Curricular Field Core:

Art and Terrorism

Curricular Field Elective:

Al Farabi and Medieval Islamic Philosophy
Approaches to the Study of Christianity and Islam
Arab Intellectuals in the Modern World
Case Studies in Islamic Movements
Contemporary Islamic Activist Intellectuals
Global Caliphate: Myth and Reality
Great Books of Islam
History of Islam in Africa
Is There an Islamic Political Philosophy
Islam and the Study of Muslim-Christian Relations
Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia
Islam, Gender, and Social Change
Islam, Politics and Security in Modern Central Asia
Islamic Modernism
Islamic Philosophy and Theology
Islamic Theological Texts
Miracles in Islam and the West
Movements of Islamic Renewal
Muslim-Christian Relations in World History
Religion and peace
Revolutionary Thought in Islam
Salafi Islam: From the Mosque to Parliment
Shariah Law and its Discontents
Shiism and Radical Politics in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon
The Politics and Culture of Shi'ism
The Religions of Southeast Asia
The Western Idea of Islam: From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism Time
War, Peace and Violence in Global Visual Culture
Women and Orientalism in Film, Art and Literature

Curricular Field Human Values:

Christian God, Muslim God
Crises of Conscience in American Foreign Policy
Critiques Of Religion
Images of Eve, Mary, and Fatima
Introduction to Islam
Islam and Global Terrorism
Islam and Politics
Orientalism: Western Perceptions of Near Eastern Culture and Values
Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran
Salafism: Islam Acsendant
The Concept of the State in Islam
The Medieval Synthesis: Art and Religion in the Middle Ages
Visual Culture and Terrorism


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