Discover God’s Heart for Muslims
Why Learn About Muslims?
Misconceptions About Muslims
Questions Muslims Ask

Encountering the World of Islam (EWI) guides you on a journey into the lives of Muslims around the world and in your neighborhood. Through this course and textbook, you will learn about Muhammad and the history of Islam, gain insight into today’s world conflicts, and dispel fears and myths about Muslims. You will also discover the frustrations and desires of Muslims and learn how to pray for and befriend them. EWI provides a positive, biblical perspective on God’s heart for Muslims and equips you to reach out to them in Christ’s love.

EWI is designed to help believers connect relationally with the Muslim community and to respectfully explain our hope in Jesus Christ, while not repeating prideful errors of the past. 

Participants leave the class with a working knowledge of the Islamic faith, how to get involved in reaching out to Muslims, and how to explain their beliefs to Muslims.


Lesson Topics

Part 1 - The Historical Development and Theological Foundations of Islam
1. The Founding of Islam
2. The Expansion of Islam (632 - Today)
3. Islamic Beliefs

Part 2 - Culture, Worldview and Popular Expressions of Islam
4. Muslims Today
5. Islam in Everyday Life
6. The Spiritual World of Muslims

Part 3 - Christianity and Islam
7. Barriers We Must Cross
8. Theological Issues
9. Approaches to Outreach

Part 4 - Our Response to Islam
10. Church Planting Movements
11. Our Response to Islam
12. Prayer for the Muslim World


Lesson Readings
Twelve sets of articles, including articles from Christian, Muslim, and secular perspectives. A portion of the readings reside online and can be accessed even without being in a class.

Go to the Online Readings.

Online Discussion Forum
Twelve discussion forum postings in which students consider how the course information will change their thinking and actions.

Field Trip
A field trip to local mosques to witness Muslim worship and prayer as scheduled by your course coordinator during the class.

Meeting with a Muslim
Two personal, individual, relational meetings with a Muslim.

Four quizzes that require thinking and processing of course learning.

An oral report of personal applications stemming from the class. For online classes, this assignment is adjusted to be a final paper.