About this course
This course will introduce students to various sects within the Muslim Ummah. The course will explore the historical development of division and sectarianism, the main theological fundamentals of such sects and examine how such creeds affected later movements and ideologies. An important focus of this class will be to examine the traditions pertaining to the division of Muslims into many sects, and to look at the qualities that distinguishes the Sunni Muslims. The course will also attempt to explain the non-Islamic ideologies that affected the formation of many sects within Muslims.
Prerequisites: Islamic Creed I, II and III. (2 credits)
About the Instructor(s)
Dr. Ata Ur Rehman
Dr. Ata Ur Rehman teaches Muslim Sects and Groups at Mishkah University. He earned his PhD in Islamic Thought and Civilization from the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan. He also holds two master’s degrees in Islamic Studies, from the University of Central Punjab and the University of Punjab in Lahore. In addition, he completed his MBA from Allama Iqbal Open University in Islamabad and has an Associate of Engineering in Electric Technology. His teaching interests include Islamic Studies, Arabic, Islamic History and Culture, and Orientalism among others. He was awarded the Best Teacher Award in 2021 at Lahore Garrison University where he is currently an Assistant Professor. He serves as the editor of the Inkishaf Islamic Research Journal, and in addition, he has published numerous papers on topics related to the Islamic perspective on atheism, and other subjects.