Islamic Theology And Principles
The content and structure of Islamic belief, as elaborated by Muslim
classical thinkers (7th-15th centuries), in relation to a selection of
representative texts is critical for Islamic Religious Education Teachers
This course examines the origins and
development of Islamic theology within the broader context of the Islamic
intellectual tradition. It defines Islamic theology discusses its relation to
Western and particularly Greek philosophy. In addition, the course also
analyzes the development of Islamic theology, Kalam, and introduces the most
important schools of theology and their most pertinent figures. This course
challenges the commonly held view that Islamic philosophy ended with Ibn Rush
(d.1198), and demonstrates that the Islamic philosophical tradition continued
and even flourished in other parts of the Islamic world outside the Arab world
in the contemporary period. The development of philosophy and theology with
particular emphasis on major currents and schools such as the Peripatetic and
Illuminationist Schools and Ash‘arism will be discussed. The relationship
between philosophy and Sufism along with the interaction between philosophy and
theology will also be examined. Major heological groups in Uganda, their
causes, consequences and solutions are also discussed.
The course aims to enable student teachers to
develop knowledge and appreciation of the nature and modalities of theology in
Islam, the origins and growth of the science of Kalâm in its interaction with the other major religious
disciplines of Sunnism -- exegesis, Prophetic tradition, jurisprudence, sects,
Sufism and philosophy (falsafa).
In addition the course will enable students to analyse the Creed more
theoretically in its major components: the lordship and divinity of God, the
mediation of the Messenger, the servitude and ethics of the believers. Society
offers a last avenue for enquiry, in so far as it was shaped by particular
theological doctrines. The Way/Law (sharî‘a),
power, love, innovation, and alterity -- religious or other -- are among the
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
end of the course unit, students should be able to:
the various meanings/names given to Islamic theoogy and the various types
or kinds of Islamic theology
the sources and the historical development of Islamic theology.
the origin of Islamic theology, the early theilogical questions and the
quranic middle position in Kalam as well as the factors for its rise.
- Identify major schools of theology and
their most pertinent figures as well as their main ideas and learn the
most important issues in the field between 640-and the present.
and describe the common Muslim theologians in respective schools
and describe the conteorary Muslim theological groups such as the Shia,
Ahmadiyya and the Sunni; outline their major teachings and contrust them.
the contemporary theologival groups in Uganda
- Account for heological
diversity in Uganda, state the consequences and solutions