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Summer Institute for Islamic Studies, July 314, 2017

"Despite having lived, studied and worked with Muslims, I was not able to engage in any fruitful encounters UNTIL I attended the Summer Institute for Islamic Studies at AGTS."

--Patrice Chinje, AGTS Student from Cameroon, Central Africa

Let AGTS and Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples teach you to relate to and minister to Muslims. These courses are designed for:

  • U.S. and world missionaries serving in areas with high concentrations of Muslims
  • Ministers and people in local churches with Muslims in their communities
  • Chaplains—military and institutional

Individuals may wish to:

  • Take courses in Islamic Studies for credit at the graduate or undergraduate level.
  • Take courses as seminars

Course Format & Location

Courses will be taught in modular format (during the first two weeks of July) on the AGTS campus.

Professors

Our faculty for Islamic Studies includes 5 doctorates and nearly 300 years of field experience in Muslim countries. Guest lecturers will also be invited to teach.

"The Islamic Studies faculty at AGTS can best be described as practitioner/scholars. The total experience of our faculty equals nearly 300 years of living and planting the church in global Muslim contexts. Our faculty travels the world of Islam yearly training and equipping the national church and engaging Muslim peoples. Experience the difference our practitioner/scholars will make in your life and ministry through the Summer Institute of Islamic Studies."

Dr. Mark Hausfeld, AGTS President, Director, Center for Islamic Studies at AGTS

Islamic Studies Concentration

A concentration can be completed within the following AGTS degree programs by taking four courses (12 credits) in Islamic studies.

  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Divinity (Resident)
  • Master of Divinity (In-Service Track)

Curriculum

Courses are three credits each. Two courses can be taken each week.

2017 schedule available soon

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 Krstulovich ('83)

Donna completed an MA in Intercultural Communication from AGTS in 1983. She received full appointment with AGWM and
served in Pakistan from 1990-2003 where she started a café for Muslim women. In Ta-jikistan she started a café/training center for women (2003–2006) that is still flourishing. She and her husband are currently serving in Turkey and are enrolled in the PhD in Intercultural Studies program at AGTS.

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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A brief summary of the basic beliefs and practices of orthodox Islam will be given in the first lecture of each course.

Course syllabi will be available online. Credit students will find class time more valuable if they read the required textbooks beforehand. These are listed in the course syllabi.

Tuition Costs* (Full payment is required by Tuesday, June 28, 2016.)

Full credit (3 credits, AGTS admission required) $1,779
Seminar (noncredit, no AGTS admission required) $445
Appointed AGWM/AGUSM (other commisioning body, i.e. IMB) missionaries only (noncredit, no AGTS admission required) $222

Lunch/Breaks

There will be a non-negotiable fee of $79 per week, for each participant (to include alumni using their annual free course audit), to cover food costs for lunches and morning/afternoon breaks. This fee will be included in the final billing for each participant.

Housing

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. A limited number of rooms will be available at Evangel University, located on the same campus as AGTS, on a first-come first-serve basis. Please contact Amy Englert
(englertam@evangel.edu) at Evangel University for all room information. A listing of local hotels is also available upon request.

To Register (Deadline: Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Full payment required.)

To register for these courses please contact the AGTS Registrar's Office (Connie Cross, registrar@agts.edu; 417-268-1026;
800-467-AGTS, ext. 1026).

• When registering, please specifiy your enrollment status.

Since AGTS is accredited with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the Higher Learning Commission—the accrediting agency of the North Central states—credits are transferrable to most schools.

Questions? Call 1.866.773.2226 or email info@agts.edu

 

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 8:51 PM

 
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