AGTS Center for Islamic Studies

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Summer Institute for Islamic Studies, July 314, 2017

AGTS's Center for Islamic Studies will host the Summer Institute for Islamic Studies in July 2017 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.

SIIS Courses (DATES)

July 3–8, 2017

Engaging Islam (MCCM 545)
8 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.



Dr. Jim Bennet ('79)

Dr. Jim Bennett began his ministry in 1974 in Jordan where he served for 15 years. In 1989 he moved to Brussels, Belgium to assume the presidency of Continental Theological Seminary. Bennett served the Center for Ministry to Muslims, an international ministry
of the Assemblies of God World Missions program, as associate director and director from 1998 to 2009. In 2009, when the Center for Ministry to Muslims became Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples, he assumed the role of director of ministries.


Shiite Islam (MCCM 639) 1–5 p.m.

This course will consider the historical development of Shi’ite Islam from its inception to the present. Emphasis will be made on comparing the distinctive tenets of Shi’ism to those of Sunni Islam and biblical Christianity. Students will interact with Shi’ite scholarship in its diversity. The course will conclude with the contemporary crisis of legitimacy within Shi’ism, and the openness of many Shi’ites to the Gospel.



Dr. Fred Farrokh ('14)

Dr. Fred Farrokh is an Iranian-American of Muslim family background. Born in the United States, Dr. Farrokh met Jesus Christ as Savior in 1983 while reading through the Bible. He currently serves as an International Trainer with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples.
He graduated with a PhD in Intercultural Studies from AGTS in 2014, with his dissertation on Muslim Identity.



July 10–14, 2017

Folk Islam and Power Encounter (MCCM 554) 8 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.



Dr. Don McCurry

After ministering for 18 years in Pakistan, Dr. Don McCurry taught at Fuller Theological Seminary for seven years. Simultaneously, he
founded and directed the Samuel Zwemer Institute of Muslim Studies. In 1988, Don founded Ministries to Muslims to train Christians for evangelism and church planting among Muslims. He has authored five books on ministry to Muslims.



Business and Islam
(MCCM 639) 1–5 p.m.

The course will survey Islamic teaching on business topics such as possessions and wealth and trade and commerce. Islamic sources to be examined will include the Qur’an, the hadith, sharia law and selected periods in Islamic history. The global move toward Islamic compliant finance and the views of influential Islamists will also be analyzed.

Individuals seeking to do business in Muslim-majority nations would benefit from such an understanding as would those seeking to establish relationships with Muslims in the marketplace.


Dr. Robert Stefan

After a successful career as an investment banker, Dr. Robert Stefan accepted the call to service with AGWM in 1998 serving in the Philippines, Kazakhstan and Germany. He has focused on the implementation of business and mission strategies in Muslim-majority nations.

Women in Islam
(MCCM 552) 1–5 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.



Donna Krstulovich ('83)

Donna Krstulovich has served with AGWM since 1990, opening cafes and training centers for Muslim women in Pakistan and Tajikistan.
She served in Turkey from 2006 until 2009 and is now working with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples. She completed an MA in
Intercultural Communication from AGTS in 1983 and is enrolled in the PhD in Intercultural Studies program at AGTS.



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