Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Historical Critique

    Articulate why Islam does not ennoble women based on the primary sources of Islam 


  • Marriage and Family

    Compare and contrast Christian family and marriage values vs. classical islamic views

  • Worldview

    Begin to understand the shame and honor worldview and its impact upon women in Islam.

  • Share

    Share the hope of Jesus with Muslim men and women as a result of the brokenness in the family

  • Apologetics and Polemics

    Effectively share the gospel with a Muslim using apologetics and polemics in a dialog that can lead to a discussion about sin, salvation, and Jesus.

  • Hadith

    Develop a deep understanding of islamic practice by reading the Hadith

  • Moral Values

    Undermine the moral values presented in the Hadith to help Muslims understand how oppressive Islam is.

Course Description

In this presentation, Prof. Beth Grove presents a comprehensive look at the historical situation of women in relationship to Islam. The course explores Mohammad’s relationship with women, including his many wives. The course also looks at the current Islamic views of women from both traditional and modern perspectives. Finally, Beth will share her personal experiences ministering to Muslim women. Through this course, we will take a look behind the veil of Islam. This 10 hour course is a comprehensive investigation on how women are treated theologically and pragmatically in Islam. Beth combines both her extensive personal experience Ministering to Muslim women and men as well as her robust theological training to give a very clear presentation of what progressive Muslims are claiming, what traditional Muslims are claiming and what she has encountered in real life situations.

Beth does the work of a polemicist destroying the fallacy that Islam ennobles women showing how perverse and derogatory the Hadith, the Qur'an and Sharia law are towards women. She also deals with some of the most common Muslim arguments against Christianity's treatment of women and she will give you many great tools when navigating discussions concerning the treatment of women, Marriage, family, sexuality, and other topics.

Beth Grove was born and raised on the mission field, has lived among Muslim immigrant communities in London for 18 years, enjoying friendship and gospel conversations with close Muslim friends from many nations. After travelling through Muslim countries, she obtained a Master’s degree in Islamics and is one of the co-founders of the Pfander Centre for Apologetics, which is a research think-tank and teaching ministry to equip Christians worldwide to engage Islam with a confident Christianity.

Beth is one of the leading voices confronting Islam and standing for the truth of the scriptures and she will impart a true love for the Muslim people to the listener. This courses will be both practical and theological for anyone who seeks to reach Muslims with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

SECTION II

WOMEN IN ISLAM BY ELSIE MAXWELL

In this section, Prof. Elsie Maxwell teaches from the overflow of her many decades worth of experience living and working in the Middle East and among Muslims in Europe. Using a scholarly look at the roots of Islam, it’s development over the centuries especially in regard to it’s view of women, and with many personal stories, Elsie challenges us to see Muslim women their many facets so that we can effectively present Christ to them. Elsie Maxwellhas extensive experience in the world of Islam. She has been with Arab World Ministries since 1958 and has worked for 27 years in Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. Since 1984 she has been working amongst Arabs in London while teaching Islamic courses at the London Bible College. Elsie meets and shares her faith with Arabic-speaking Muslim women and disciples young believers. A major part of her ministry is teaching, writing and training others for Muslim ministries.

SECTION III

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith Study

In this section students will read through various parts of the most authoritative Islamic hadith - Sahih Al-Bukhari.  Al-Bukhari traveled widely throughout the Abbasid Caliphate from the age of 16, collecting those traditions he thought trustworthy. It is reported that al-Bukhari devoted 16 years to sifting the hadiths he included in his Sahih (correct) from a collection of nearly 600,000 narrations.  Sources differ on the exact number of hadiths in Bukhari's Sahih, depending on whether a hadith is defined as a Prophetic tradition or a narration of that tradition. Experts, in general, have estimated the number of full-isnad narration at 7,397, and without considerations to repetitions or different versions of the same report, the number of Prophetic traditions reduces to approximately 2,602. At the time when Bukhari saw the earlier works and conveyed them, he found them, in their presentation, combining between what would be considered sahih (correct) and hasan (good) and that many of them included daʻīf (weak) hadith.

The book covers almost all aspects of life in providing guidance of Islam such as the method of performing prayers and other actions of worship supposedly coming directly from Muhammad.  Bukhari finished his work around 846/232 AH, and spent the last twenty-four years of his life visiting other cities and scholars, teaching the hadith he had collected. 

Instructor(s)

Instructor MMWU Course #26 Behind the Veil of Islam: Gender Issues

Prof. Beth Grove

Beth Grove was born and raised on the mission field, has lived among Muslim immigrant communities in London for 18 years, enjoying friendship and gospel conversations with close Muslim friends from many nations. After travelling through Muslim countries, she obtained a Master’s degree in Islamics and is one of the co-founders of the Pfander Centre for Apologetics, which is a research think-tank and teaching ministry to equip Christians worldwide to engage Islam with a confident Christianity. Beth is one of the leading voices confronting Islam and standing for the truth of the scriptures and she will impart a true love for the Muslim people to the listener. This courses will be both practical and theological for anyone who seeks to reach Muslims with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Instructor of MMWU Course #23 Women in Islam

Dr. Elsie Maxwell

Elsie Maxwell has extensive experience in the world of Islam. She has been with Arab World Ministries since 1958 and has worked for 27 years in Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. Since 1984 she has been working amongst Arabs in London while teaching Islamic courses at the London Bible College. Elsie meets and shares her faith with Arabic-speaking Muslim women and disciples young believers. A major part of her ministry is teaching, writing and training others for Muslim ministries.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Orientation

    • Course Syllabus

    • Download and Use the Video Class Outlines

    • Required Reading: Various Chapters From The Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith Collection

    • Reading Assignmente Explanation : RISE Model For Providing Meaningful Feedback

    • Required Reading [Excerpts]: Covered Glory - The Face of Honor and Shame in the Muslim World by Audrey Frank

    • Student Community Forum

    • Online Student Library

  • 2

    SECTION 1: BEHIND THE VEIL OF ISLAM: GENDER ISSUES - PROF BETH GROVE

  • 3

    Section 1.2

    • Marriage in Islam: Muhammad's Example [Lecture 5]

    • Video Class #5 Application

    • Marriage in Islam: Muhammad's Example Part 2 [Lecture 6]

    • Video Class #6 Application

    • Overview of Islamic Sources on Women [Lecture 7]

    • Video Class #7 Application

    • Islamic Marriage Issues: Muta and Misyar [Lecture 8]

    • Video Class #8 Application

    • Required Reading: Answering Muslim Objections

    • [RISE Comment]: Answering Muslim Objections

  • 4

    Section 1.3

    • Biblical Response to Islamic Problems [Lecture 9]

    • Video Class #9 Application

    • A Biblical Theology of Women [Lecture 10]

    • Video Class #10

    • Biblical View of Marriage vs. the Islamic View [Lecture 11]

    • Video Class #11

    • Women in Islam: Desriptions and Difficulties Handout

    • Biblical View of Intimacy and Gender [Lecture 12]

    • Video Class #12 Application

    • Biblical vs. Qur'anic References to Women [Lecture 13]

    • Video Class #13 Application

    • WOMEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT VS. QURAN HANDOUT

    • New Testament Biblical Examples [Lecture 14]

    • Video Class #14 Application

    • Read: Rebuttals to Arguments Against N.T. View of Women [RISE Comment Required]

    • RISE Comment: Rebuttals to Arguments Against N.T. View of Women

  • 5

    Section 1.4

    • Islamic Tactics to Attack the Bible [Lecture 15]

    • Video Class #15 Application

    • Islamic Tactics to Attack the Bible Part 2 [Lecture 16]

    • Video Class #16 Application

    • Arguments Against the Christian Faith [Lecture 17]

    • Video Class #17 Application

    • READ: Women in Islam Verses Women in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition

    • [RISE Comment] Women in Islam Verses Women in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition

  • 6

    Section 1.5

    • How to Ask Polemical Questions to Muslims [Lecture 18]

    • Video Class #18 Application

    • Polemical Questions Regarding the Hadith [Lecture 19]

    • Video Class #19 Application

    • Review Treatment of Women in Hadith Index

    • How to Challenge Islam and Still Love Muslims [Lecture 20]

    • Video Class #20 Application

  • 7

    SECTION 2: WOMEN IN ISLAM: DR. ELSIE MAXWELL

    • Maxwell Course Notes

    • Introduction to Women in Islam [Lecture 1]

    • Lecture #1 Application

    • Women in the culture of the Qur'an - Maxwell [Lecture 2]

    • Lecture #2 Application

    • Key Women In the Qur'an [Lecture 3]

    • Lecture #3 Application

    • Women in the Hadith [Lecture 4]

    • Lecture #4 Application

    • Women in Sharia [Lecture 5]

    • Lecture #5 Application

    • READ: Engaging with Muslim Women in Europe

    • [RISE Comment]: Engaging with Muslim Women in Europe

  • 8

    Section 2.2

    • The Woman as a Spiritual Person [Lecture 6]

    • Lecture #6 Application

    • Being Born a Women in the Middle East [Lecture 7]

    • Lecture #7 Application

    • Women in Sufism [Lecture 8]

    • Lecture #8 Application

    • Women in Folk Islam [Lecture 9]

    • Lecture #9 Application

    • READ CHAPTER 4: Covered Glory

    • [RISE Comment] CHAPTER 4: Covered Glory

  • 9

    Section 2.3

    • Communicating the Gospel [Lecture 10]

    • Lecture #10 Application

    • The Gospel through Story [Lecture 11]

    • Lecture #11 Application

    • The Gospel through Story [Lecture 12]

    • Lecture #12 Application

    • The Gospel though Story - Self Perceptions [Lecture 13]

    • Lecture #13 Application

    • READ CHAPTER 5: Covered Glory

    • RISE Comment: CHAPTER 5: Covered Glory

  • 10

    Section 2.3

    • Stores of Conversion [Lecture 14]

    • Lecture #14 Application

    • The Role of the Discipler [Lecture 15]

    • Lecture #15 Application

    • READ CHAPTER 7: Covered Glory

    • RISE Comment: Chapter 7 of Covered Glory

    • The Life of Jesus as Expressed through the Qur'an [Lecture 16]

    • Lecture #16 Application

    • The life of Jesus as Expressed through the Qur'an pt 2 [Lecture 17]

    • Lecture #17 Application

    • The Care of the Worker Among Muslims [Lecture 18]

    • Lecture #18 Application

    • READ CHAPTER 15 & 16 : Covered Glory

    • RISE Comment: Chapters 15 & 16 of Covered Glory

  • 11

    Section 3: Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith Study

    • A Classical Reader on Islam F.E. Peters

    • RISE Comment on Classical Reader on Islam

    • Read/index: Volume 4:Jihaad

    • Read/index: Volume 4: One-fifth of Booty

    • Read/index: Volume 4 - Begining of Creation

    • Read/index: Volume 4 - Prophets

    • Read/index: Volume 4 - Merits of Sunnah

  • 12

    Volume 6

    • Read/index: Prophetic Commentary

    • Read/index: Virtues of the Qur'an

  • 13

    Volume 7

    • Read/index: Marriage

    • Read/index: Divorce

  • 14

    Volume 8

    • Read/index: Inheritance Laws

    • Read/index: Disbelievers (war)

  • 15

    Volume 9

    • Read/index: Blood Money

    • Read/index: Dealing with Apostates

    • Read/index: End of the World

  • 16

    EVANGELISM REPORTS

    • Evangelism Report #1

    • Evangelism Report #2

    • Evangelism Report #3

    • Evangelism Report #4

    • Evangelism Report #5

  • 17

    Final Projects

    • Turn in Lecture Application Assignment

    • Turn in Hadith Index Assignment

    • Turn in Critical Anaylysis Paper

    • Please report your progress in the WISE Global App

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