Course Objectives

  • CLASSICAL JIHAD

    Dr. Cook the foremost scholar on Islamic jihad theory explains the historic origins of jihad in Islam.

  • MARTYRDOM

    Dr. Cook explains the ideological development and glorification of martyrdom in Islam

  • APOCALYPTIC

    Dr. Cook explains how the early and modern Islamic conquests are driven through an Islamic apocalyptic worldview

Course Description

In this course, Prof. David Cook presents a scholarly look at the history and development of Jihad theory and practice from the earliest Islamic roots into modern day Jihad. Prof. Cook provides an honest and direct look at how culture, politic, and relision come together and change over time. Prof. Cook also looks at Radical thought development and Shiite distinctives.

  • Session 1 Classical Jihad to the Present

  • Session 2 Classical Jihad in the Hadith

  • Session 3 Conquest and the Formation of Jihad Theory

  • Session 4 Radicalism Resulting from Modern Islam

  • Session 5 Islamic Martyrdom

  • Session 6 Shi’ism

  • Session 7 Shi’ite Martyrdom

  • Session 8 Contemporary Martyrdom and Suicide Attacks

  • Session 9 Islamic Apocalyptic

  • Session 10 Shi’ite Apocalyptic

Bonus Sessions

  • Session 11 Shi’ite Apocalyptic Distinctions

  • Session 12 Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

  • 2

    Chapter 1

  • 3

    Chapter 2

    • Classical Jihad in the Hadith

    • Class Application Question

    • Read Part 1: Damascus (Pages 1-78)

  • 4

    Chapter 3

    • Conquest and the Formation of Jihad Theory

    • Class Application Questions

    • Evangelism Report #2

  • 5

    Chapter 4

    • Radicalism Resulting from Modern Islam

    • Class Application Questions

    • Continue Reading: Part 1: Damascus (Pages 79-150)

  • 6

    Chapter 5

    • Islamic Martydom

    • Class Application Questions

    • Evangelism Report #3

  • 7

    Chapter 6

    • Shi’ism

    • Class Application Question

    • Read Part 2: Hims (Page 151 - 200)

  • 8

    Chapter 7

    • Shi’ite Martyrdom

    • Class Application Questions

    • Evangelism Report #4

    • Read part 4 - Al- Yarmuk (pages 252- 372)

  • 9

    Chapter 8

    • Contemporary Martyrdom and Suicide Attacks

    • Class Application Question

  • 10

    Chapter 9

    • Islamic Apocalyptic

    • Class Application Questions

  • 11

    Chapter 10

    • Islam as an Apocalyptic Movement

    • Class Application Questions

    • Read Part 4 - "Baytul Muqaddas" (Pages 373-456)

  • 12

    Chapter 11

    • Shi'ite Apocalyptic

    • Class Application Questions

    • Evangelism Report #5

  • 13

    Chapter 12

    • Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic

    • Class Application Questions

    • Read Part 5 - Antioch (Pages 457-576)

  • 14

    Final Chapter

    • Application Assignment

    • Final Project: Islamic Conquests of Syria Assignment

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Instructor

Instructor of MMWU Course #21 - JIHAD, MARTYRDOM, SHI'ISM, AND MUSLIM APOCALYPTIC

Dr. David Cook

David Cook's interests include the study of early Islam, Muslim apocalyptic literature and movements for radical social change, dreams, historical astronomy, Judeo-Arabic literature and West African Islam. His most recent books are Understanding Jihad and Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature. He is currently working on a book on the theme of Islamic martyrdom for Cambridge University Press, and has published on the subject of martyrdom operations. In the future, Cook intends to work on the understudied subject of West African Islam, focusing on the vast Arabic literature of sub-Saharan Africa (especially in Nigeria). Other future projects include finishing the trilogy of apocalyptic works (Studies in Muslim Apocalyptic, on classical apocalyptic beliefs; and Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature being the first two in the series) with a work on the apocalyptic and millenarian foundations of Muslim civilizations. Hopefully this will be the beginning of the serious study of the role which apocalyptic and radical social movements have played in Islamic history.

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