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Hartford International University
for Religion and Peace

School

Hartford International

AM-521

Contemplative Prayer Practices

BTI Category

Semester

Preaching, Liturgy, & Ritual

SP24

This course introduces students to a range of practices of contemplative prayer, centering in a broadly ecological context: both Earth itself as our shared creaturely home and the particular places where students live. Students will engage in experiential elements that are adaptable to the students' own tradition and/or context, including traditional forms like centering/mindfulness, Ignatian Examen, and lectio divina as well as social justice/feminist, land-based, shadow- and dream-based practices. Students will have the opportunity to research and lead the class in a prayer practice of their own tradition, context, or creative innovation as well.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies: Elective
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Religious Pluralism
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Beliefs and Practices of the Christian Faith
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Lisa Dahill

T

7-8:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

AM-650

Tilawah: Quran Recitation

BTI Category

Semester

Islamic Studies

SP24

This course is designed for students who completed Tajw_d Courses 1 & 2. It will be an intensive course for Qur'an recitation (Til_wa). It can be beneficial for Muslim leaders, chaplains, and others interested in advancing their Qur'anic recitation.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies: Elective
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Okan Dogan

M

4-6:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

PREREQ: Quran Recitation/Tajweed II

School

Hartford International

ET-575

Ethical Leadership in an Age of Discord

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

SP24

This course will provide students with theoretical and practical approaches to the cultivation of ethical leadership, within a spiritual and vocational context, in a time when both churches and local communities are polarized and fractured. The scope of this course covers personal, public, and spiritual dimensions of ethical leadership from the perspectives of a diverse array of leadership theories. This course will additionally address the interrelatedness of personal development for spirituality and vocation, lifelong learning, public engagement, justice as equity, community building, and more.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies: Elective
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Beliefs and Practices of the Christian Faith
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Religious Pluralism
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Walter Fluker

M

4-6:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

IP-610 (Non-MAP)

Peacebuilding Skills: Dialogue, Trauma & Restorative Justice

BTI Category

Semester

Interreligious Learning

SP24

The course will explore peacebuilding skills through the lens of neuroscience, dialogue, restorative justice, and trauma-informed principles. This course will explore the roles of mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, restorative justice, the neurobiology of trauma and state-dependent functioning, conflict transformation, and healing in conflict resolution. Students will participate in and practice the Reflective Structure Dialogue methodology for engaging groups in conflict. Through case studies, role plays, guest speakers and reading, we will dive deeper into the dialogue that makes conflict an opportunity rather than a source of further trauma.

Course fulfills the following requirements:
MAP - Core course
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Arts of Ministry
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Pathway Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Samuel Brummer

January Intensive: 1/3, 1/4 and 1/8 - 1/12

9am-5pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

IP-614 (Non-MAP)

Nonviolence in Faith-based Social Movements

BTI Category

Semester

Interreligious Learning

SP24

Social movements are important arenas for social change. Religion, faith and tactics of non-violence have played a significant role in many social movements. By joining together, individuals and groups have worked to transform social values or norms, establish collective identities, change laws, and chart new ways of living, learning, and being. This class will aim to further our understanding of social movements and how faith helped shape the trajectories of the movements. We will focus on how that's happened in the Americas while referring to similar movements from around the world. Topics include racial identity, nationalism, Christianity, Islam, the civil rights movement, feminist approaches, and contemporary interfaith dialogue. Course material includes primary sources and analytical perspectives. We will examine how they develop, are sustained, have changed/evolved, and (sometimes) decline. We will begin by examining theories of social movements and look at the ways in which our understanding of social movements has changed over time. We will also examine mobilization to social movements and ask why some people come to participate while others do not, as well as the tactics, goals, and successes of various social movements.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Beliefs and Practices
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Beliefs and Practices
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Pathway Elective
MAP - Peacebuilding Core

Professor

Class Day & Time

Cleotha Robertson

T

7-9:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

LG-662

Readings in New Testament Greek II

BTI Category

Semester

Languages

SP24

This intermediate level course is designed to enable students to read the New Testament in Greek, concentrating on grammar and vocabulary building. Students will be introduced to the wide variety of Greek styles present in the New Testament writings. Prerequisite: LG-562 Introduction to New Testament Greek, Part II or permission of the instructor.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Edward Duffy

TR

4-5:45pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

RS-650

Gender in Religion and Society

BTI Category

Semester

Interreligious Learning

SP24

This course introduces the global feminist/LGBTQIA movement and explores developments, approaches, and topics of feminist theology in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and non-monotheistic traditions. The course examines the intersections, confluences, and complexities of gender and sexuality in diverse traditions, with a particular focus on women's experiences and sexuality. With an intention of creating a dialogical model, it aims to cultivate an understanding of religion and gender by exploring theological questions, themes, and methods. It also focuses on developing embodied, creative, and faithful storytelling to generate contextual, constructive interreligious thinking that can enrich students' understanding of women and sexual minorities' voices.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies: Elective
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Beliefs and Practices
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Religious Pluralism
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Elective
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Beliefs and Practices

Professor

Class Day & Time

Htoi Lu

R

7-9:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

SC-532

Readings in Hadith

BTI Category

Semester

Islamic Studies

SP24

Compilations of hadith, or words attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, are the second most important form of scripture, or religious text, in the Islamic scholastic tradition. Hadith are an essential source of deriving Islamic law and determining what is deemed as Sunna or a model of proper Islamic practice based on prophetic precedent. In addition, hadith are critical to understanding the Qur'an and many of its general injunctions, which would be otherwise ambiguous without the correlating explanations found in hadith sources. This course will analyze the basic foundations of hadith studies (_ul_m al-_ad_th) which are essential to a well-grounded understanding of this important field of Islamic Studies. A progression of the various elements related to hadith studies such as hadith terminology, the legislative authority of the Sunna, methods of collecting and preserving hadiths, important transmitters, canonical hadith sources, hadith classification, weak hadiths, and forged hadiths, will be presented over the course of the semester to build a solid understanding of the role of hadith in shaping the Islamic scholarly tradition. This study of the scholastic aspects of hadith studies will culminate with an exploration of relevant contemporary issues such as debates regarding the authenticity of hadiths in Western scholarship.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Beliefs and Practices
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Suheil Laher

M

7-9:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

AM-551

Quran Recitation/Tajweed II

BTI Category

Semester

Islamic Studies

SP24

This course is designed for Muslim leaders, chaplains and anyone who is interested in learning/improving the Qur'anic recitation. Students will gain important knowledge on recitation of the Qur'an. In this course, the instructor will continue focusing on the correct pronunciation of Arabic letters and words with consistent application of tajwid rules. Once students understand and are comfortable with the application of the tajwid rules s/he can complete recitation of the entire mushaf at a better and faster pace more independently, in sha Allah.

This is the second phase of the Qur'an Recitation/Tajwid course. In the spring semester, we will be continuing tajwid lessons and reading Qur'an. The first part of the class will be teaching tajwid rules and the second part is for group tilawah - teacher reads aloud and students repeat after the teacher. There will be time for listening to the students' recitation, as well.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Okan Dogan

W

7-9:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

PREREQ: Quran Recitation/Tajweed I

School

Hartford International

DI-513-2

Introduction to Shia Traditions, Beliefs, and Practices

BTI Category

Semester

Islamic Studies

SP24

This course surveys the development of Shia Islam against the backdrop of major events and developments, views on succession after the Prophet, the formation of the caliphate, and the key Shia notion of Imamate. Various forms of early Shias will be introduced, including the Imamis, Zaydis, and Ismailis. Consequential developments in Iran and Iraq as well as the Fatimid Shia caliphate, which extended from Egypt and North Africa to Yemen and reached as far as India, will be studied through the prism of doctrine as well as art. The rift caused by the launch of the Crusades from the west and then by the coming of Mongol armies from the east will be addressed. The peak of Shia revival during the early modern period will be discussed in terms of religious and non-religious learning, especially related to architecture and trade. In addition, this course also discusses the importance of the Shia in the world today. At the end of the course, students will have acquired a broad understanding of Shia beliefs, practices, and traditions as manifested geographically from medieval Spain to contemporary Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and North America.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies: Elective
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Beliefs and Practices

Professor

Class Day & Time

Hossein Kamaly

R

5-6:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

ET-631-2

Environmental Ethics

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

SP24

The Native American "Tale of Two Wolves" tells of two evenly matched wolves in a battle. One is evil - greedy, arrogant, lying, and full of fear. The other is good - filled with love, hope, compassion, and integrity. The question is: which one will win? The sage's answer: the one we feed.

The study of environmental ethics can easily devolve into a spiral of pessimism, given the unprecedented challenges we face regarding the climate crisis and other ecological threats to the well-being of our planet. We are tempted to "feed the wrong wolf" and give into despair and a fatalistic resignation. Therefore, we will explore religious, philosophical, and environmental perspectives to help us understand the roots of the crises, as well as search for resources to help us "feed the good wolf." This course will equip students to work toward faith-based approaches to environmental ethics focused on justice and building community.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Beliefs and Practices
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Religious Pluralism
MAIRS - Islamic Studies Elective
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Pathway Elective
MAP - Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Lisa Dahill

R

5-6:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

IP-613 (Non-MAP)

Identity and Otherness in Religious Communities

BTI Category

Semester

Interreligious Learning

SP24

There is a tendency within individuals and societies to organize and collectively define themselves along dimensions of difference and sameness. This course uses the framework of "otherness" and "belonging" to explore how othering becomes structured and embedded within religious communities. In other words, what are the dynamics, processes, and structures that engender marginality and persistent inequality within our own religious communities? We will use an intersectional, interdisciplinary, and dialogical approach to examine essential concepts such as individual and group identity formation, expression, and boundaries; the dual sides of social cohesion and internal conflict; prejudice and power within religious communities; dealing with the emotional and social costs of leading justice-oriented change; and how identity, power, and privilege varies across contexts. In addition to investigating these forces that contribute to othering, we will also identify the interventions that may mitigate some of these forces, turning toward sustainable solutions that address othering through experiential learning such as site visits and MAP project-related ethnographic study.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Allison Norton

W

9am-5pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

LG-562

Introduction to New Testament Greek II

BTI Category

Semester

Languages

SP24

A continuation of LG-561, Introduction to New Testament Greek, Part I. Pre-requisite: LG-561 or permission of the instructor.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective

Professor

Class Day & Time

Edward Duffy

MW

4-5:45pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

RS-536-2

Religion as a Social Phenomenon: The Sociological Study of Religion

BTI Category

Semester

Sociology/Ethnography/Research Methods

SP24

All religion is a social phenomenon. Although faith has a private dimension, human beings experience religion in groups or through forms created by social organizations. Every religion creates and is maintained by institutionalized rituals or concrete organizational forms. Professed beliefs are passed down by religious traditions, and ideally, these beliefs have consequences for one's social behavior. Religious life has spawned times of war and times of peace; changed human beings and human history. Each of these social dimensions of religion can be investigated with the research methods of the social scientist. Much can be learned about religion from a sociological perspective, from reading classical sociological theories of religious organization and practice including those of Weber, Durkheim, and Marx.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies: Elective
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Elective
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Religious Pluralism
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Beliefs and Practices of the Christian Faith

Professor

Class Day & Time

Scott Thumma

Asynchronous

Asynchronous

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

SC-522

Hebrew Bible Survey

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

SP24

This course will examine the content and theology expressed in the Hebrew Bible. We analyze scripture using historical-critical methodologies that consider the biblical material in light of its ancient Near Eastern context. We also investigate how the Hebrew Bible has been interpreted by different faith communities.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Scripture
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Pluralism
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies Elective
MAC - Chaplaincy Elective
MAC - Islamic Chaplaincy Elective (in consultation with Program Director)

Professor

Class Day & Time

Deena Grant

T

5-6:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

TH-575

Buddhist Diversity in the U.S.

BTI Category

Semester

Buddhist Studies

SP24

This course provides a broad overview of Buddhist history, teachings, texts, and practices; surveys Buddhist diversity in the United States; and offers Buddhist resources useful to chaplains of any faith. Students will read, view, and reflect on weekly assignments, and will meet online in real time with the instructor at regular intervals to discuss students' questions and insights.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Wakoh Hickey

M

4-6:50pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

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