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Summer Institute for Islamic Studies, July 515, 2016

AGTS's Center for Islamic Studies will host the Summer Institute for Islamic Studies in July 2016 featuring four courses on Islam and ministries to Muslims. AGTS hosts the largest faculty in Islamic Studies of any seminary in the United States. The practitioner/scholar faculty of 8 reflects nearly 300 years of ministry among Muslims globally, including in the United States. More information.

July 5–9, 2016

Engaging Islam (MCSM 545/ICST 470)
8:00 a.m.–Noon

Engaging Islam will provide an overview of Islam, including its historical background, development, growth, and diversity and why there is such worldwide appeal. The course will examine the main beliefs and practices of Muslims, noting similarities and crucial differences with Christianity. This course will include the beliefs and practices of formal and folk Islam, Islamic sects, the identity of women, Islam in the United States, global Islam today and bridges for communicating with Muslims. The final goal is to assist Christians who engage Muslims to recognize both the challenges and opportunities present when sharing with Muslims. Special attention will be given to prayer, developing a Christ like attitude toward Muslims and how to effectively minister to them.

 

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Dr. Sobhi Malek

Dr. Malek, a 40-year missionary, has ministered in 53 countries around the world. He teaches and speaks on the topic of Islam, Muslim evangelism and missions to Muslims. He has translated the Bible in Islamic Arabic (the Sharif
Bible) and has written three books in the same language. His numerous publications on ministering to Muslims are in use across the globe. His weekly audio broadcast reaches
Muslims around the world via the Internet and satellite.

 

Christologies of Christian and Islamic Theology (MCSM 639) 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

A study reflecting on the theological belief about the person and work of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible and Qur’an. A cultural analysis of Christian and Muslim contexts will be evaluated to determine its impact upon the Christology of Christianity and Islam. Historical perspectives of Christology by biblical and qur’anic scholars and peoples will be explored. The theological, cultural and historical elements generated will lead to strategic formational hypothesis to develop a missional dialogue with a Muslim about the biblical claims of the person and work of Jesus Christ.

 

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Dr. Don McCurry

Don ministered for 18 years in Pakistan with the Presbyterian Church. Upon returning home, Don taught at Fuller Theological Seminary for seven years. Simultaneously, he founded and directed the Samuel Zwemer Institute of Muslim Studies, now based at Columbia International University. In 1988, Don founded Ministries to Muslims to train Christians around the world in evangelism and church planting among Muslims. He has authored five books on ministry to Muslims.

 

 

 
July 11–15, 2016

Folk Islam and Power Encounter (MCS 554/ ICST 471) 8:00 a.m.–Noon

A study of the development of popular Islam within the world of official Islam, emphasizing an understanding and analysis of the felt needs of ordinary Muslims. Special attention will be given to the role of spiritual power encounter as a tool in evangelizing Muslims.

 


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Dr. Don McCurry

Don ministered for 18 years in Pakistan with the Presbyterian Church. Upon returning home, Don taught at Fuller Theological Seminary for seven years. Simultaneously, he founded and directed the Samuel Zwemer Institute of Muslim Studies, now based at Columbia International University. In 1988, Don founded Ministries to Muslims to train Christians around the world in evangelism and church planting among Muslims. He has authored five books on ministry to Muslims.

 

 

Women in Islam
(MCSM 552) 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course examines the identity and role of women in historic and contemporary Islam as taught by the Quran and Hadith and throughout society, covering various cultural contexts.

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Donna Kastulovich ('83)

Donna completed an MA in Intercultural Communication from AGTS in 1983. and served in Eurasia (1990–2003) where she started a café to show the love of Jesus to Muslim women through hospitality. In Central Eurasia she started another café (2003–2006) that is still flourishing. After her marriage to Steve Krstulovich in 2006, they served together in Central Eurasia and were part of a church plant in the city where they lived. Donna currently serves as an International Trainer with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples.

Church Planting in the Muslim Context
(MSS 643/ICST 473) 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

A survey of the major ecclesiological options and their historical development. Principles for establishing evangelistic and discipleship ministries in Muslim societies will be explored. Special attention will be given to the unique process of establishing the church within an Islamic culture.

 

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Dr. Dick Brogden ('14)

Dick and Jennifer Brogden have served among Muslims for the last 20 years; Mauritania (1992), Kenya (1993–1995), and Sudan (1996–2011). Since 2012 they have led a multi-national church planting team in Cairo, Egypt that trains team leaders to plant churches across the Arab Muslim world. Dick and Jennifer also serve as team leader overseers for Live Dead Arab World (Middle East and North Africa). Dick and Jennifer have two sons, Luke and Zack.

 

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