TRS 240 Intro to Islam (3 cr.)
Study of the historical and scriptural foundations of Islam, its theology, and social structures.  Topics include study of the Qur’an, the Five Pillars, Muslim lifestyles, the spread of Islam, Muslim contributions to world culture, and different manifestations of Islam.

TRS 342 Islam & The Environment (3 cr.)
Explores Islamic understandings of the environment:, theological, ethical, spiritual, legal, humanity’s place on earth, and Islamic responses to contemporary evironmental crises.

TRS 356 Islam In America (3 cr.)
The second largest religion in the world and fastest growing religion in the United States today. Outline of the impact of Muslims on American society and the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world.

TRS 399 Islam And Terrorism (3 cr.)
Focusing on historical references in the texts of Islam, this summer course provides fundamental knowledge and a secure ground for discussion about the relationship of the religion of Islam to violence. A special consideration is given to an early heretical Islamic group, the Kharijite. Additionally, equal attention is given to terrorist movements and activities in our modern day and their use of some Quranic verses to justify their terrorist activities, and the environments in which they thrive. There is also special stress on Islamic law vis-à-vis rebellion and violence.

TRS 554 Islamic Spirituality (3 cr.)
A graduate course  designed to investigate the mystical/Sufi traditions of Islam. It aims to provide, first, knowledge on the emergence of Islamic spirituality. The course details the Qur’anic verses and paradigms from the sayings of the Prophet that constitute the main sources for the spiritual dimensions of Islam. The course also offers examples of well-known mystical personalities in Islam such as Harith al-Muhasibi (d. 857), Junayd al-Baghdadi (d. 910), al-Ghazzali (d. 1111), and Rumi (d. 1273).

Stay tuned for additional courses which will be added soon.


Opportunities for Independent Study are available for students wishing to pursue a particular topic of interest within the field of Islamic Studies beyond the topics addressed in the courses offered. An Independent Study is typically designed by the student, working closely with the professor to ensure that requirements for the desired topic are met appropriately. Students interested in a particular topic should speak with the Nursi Chair at least one semester prior to the semester in which they would like to pursue their independent study.


The John Carroll Center for Global Education has now established an exchange program with Fatih University in Istanbul. We hope to develop more exchange programs with universities in the Islamic World in the near future. Other study abroad opputunities in the Islamic World are availible through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).  For more information about exchange oppurtunites at John Carroll, please contact the Nursi Chair or the Center for Global Education.


The Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures at John Carroll now offers four semesters of Arabic. Other area schools also offer Arabic courses. Cleveland State University offers a variety of Arabic courses and Case Western Reserve University offers one course beyond JCU’s current offerings. For more information on local opportunities for the study of Arabic, contact the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures.