Following an introduction to the beliefs and practices of Muslims, you will learn about what the main sources of Islamic belief have to say about Jesus. We will look at the Qur'an, hadith and also what some modern Muslims believe about Jesus regardless of what is found in the sources. You will read the actual sources themselves, and be able to see what Muslims themselves read in their sources about the person of Jesus. There will be an opportunity for interaction with myself, the professor, as you learn about the faith and belief of Muslims.
This six-session course will take place on Monday evenings beginning October 29, 2018 at 6 pm Pacific, 7 pm Mountain, 8 pm Central, 9 pm Eastern and 10 pm Atlantic. There will be no class on November 12 for Remembrance Day weekend. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the instructor at [email protected]
Wes Thiessen, an expert in Islamic studies, has both practical and academic background in the Muslim world. His experience began with two years living in the Middle East, in Jerusalem, while completing a graduate degree in Historical Geography of the Ancient Near East. Additionally, he spent 15 years living in North Africa, in the city founded by the Arabs in the seventh century, Kairouan. Wes taught in post-secondary education, learning about the culture, language and history of the region first hand, through daily interaction and experience of it. During that time he completed a PhD in Islamic history at a Canadian university, with a focus on the development of Islamic law. These studies focused on the text of Imam Sahnun, a jurist from Kairouan and a significant player in the development of Maliki law in North Africa. Dr. Thiessen's lengthy teaching career in North Africa has given him vivid insights into the lives of youth in the Arab world as well as the uncertain transitions currently taking place in many nations of the modern Middle East and North Africa.
An avid lover of history, Wes enjoys building relationships and connecting with people of Middle Eastern origin. Currently in Canada, he is networking and connecting the Christian and Muslim communities in a globalized world. With ever increasing immigrants of Eastern background coming to the West, along with widespread fear and ignorance of Muslims within their new found communities, there is a great need and the potential to build bridges through relational networking and education. Better communication between these communities will work toward greater understanding and foster an environment of peace and harmony.
Due to his unique background and experience, Dr. Thiessen brings an unusual blend of solid scholarship along with awareness of the practical realities of modern Islam. His commitment to outstanding educational experiences, will ensure your questions receive answers. From a cursory understanding of the basics of Islam to an in-depth comparison of theology between Islam and Christianity, Dr. Thiessen can provide you with an excellent learning experience that will meet your needs. Don’t hesitate to contact him if you have any questions now or after signing up for his course!
What others have said about Dr. Thiessen and his teaching:
"You are one of the best teachers I have encountered. Outstanding balance between strong content and warm relationships within class." - Tim Reimer,MB ACSI Consultant
"I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Professor Thiessen is obviously very qualified from his knowledge and experiences on the subject and his passion for Christian–Muslim relations made the classes engaging and applicable!" - Student at Ambrose University
"Professor Thiessen has immense knowledge in his field. His experience is extremely valuable in the teaching/learning process." - Student at Ambrose University
"Wes Thiessen transformed this course from what could have been a rudimentary examination to an enticing experience by sharing his own personal encounters and knowledge that he received through years of direct encounter." - Student at Ambrose University
"This Professor introduced new perspectives that students aren't offered in other REL classes including world religions. Dr. Thiessen has a wealth of knowledge and his perspective is incredibly useful for students who look to engage with the Islamic community." - Student at Ambrose University
"Dr Thiessen comes across as engaged and connects well emotionally with his audience, self assured but not arrogant. Knowledgeable and 'master of the content' yet not arrogant because of that ... just caught up in the joy of learning and sharing that learning with others." - Dale Ibsen, Community Development