Church History and Doctrine

Survey of Judaism and Islam

Survey of Judaism and Islam
Explores the origins, doctrines, scriptural works, history and religious practices of Judaism and Islam. Comparisons are offered between the two, and Latter-day Saint Christianity.
 Hours2.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Course Outcomes: 


Students will be familiar with the origins, historical narrative, and central religious doctrines and practices of Judaism and Islam, as well as key historical figures and religious teachers, including, in the case of Islam, its founder Muhammad.


Students will be able to discuss in detail basic differences between Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative traditions within Judaism, and between Sunni and Shi'ite traditions within Islam. Students will develop the ability to read, with understanding, sacred texts (in English translation) to understand their basic structure, theology, doctrine, and interpretations.


Students will be able to recognize key elements of eternal truth, as well as significant doctrinal and practice parallels, within Judaism and Islam, and identify faith-affirming elements within the traditions studied, with the goal of developing a greater sense of God love for and guidance of all who seek Him.


Students will learn understanding of and appreciation for Jews and Muslims, the people of the religious traditions studied, and develop abilities to exchange and converse with Jews and Muslims regarding their religion in ways that are informed, respectful and mutually beneficial.