Beginnings and sources: Arabian Peninsula, Mohammed, the Qur’an, Hadith. The expansion: succession, initial spread, victories, Shia’s origin. Beliefs and practices: the five pillars, Prophethood, eschatology, fatalism, fundamentalism. Law and ethics: law schools, personal ethic, social ethic, justice. Spirituality: prayer, holy persons, forgiveness, Sufism. Relationships to Christianity and Judaism: peoples of the Book, clashes and encounters. Modern problems: woman status, family values, jihad, modern culture, faith and reason.
Textbook: Brown D.W., A new introduction to Islam (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009); Renard j., Responses to 101 Questions in Islam (Mumbai-India 22005); Denny F.M., An Introduction to Islam (New York, 42010); Troll Ch.W., Muslims ask, Christian answers (London, 2005 - Nairobi, 2006); Waines D., An Introduction to Islam (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995).