As Christians, we are enjoined to love God and love people. Part of the love of both is sharing the gospel, drawing more people to God. Muslims are people—they are people God loves. It’s not that God will love them when they become Christians; God loves them now. We are called to do the same. How can we love them if we don’t know about them?—J. Dudley Woodberry, Senior Professor of Islamic Studies

Changes in the world today require new kinds of intercultural connection. At Fuller, we see a need for Christians with both solid biblical grounding and a sophisticated knowledge of Islam, who are committed to engaging with Muslims in ways that contribute to the spiritual and social transformation of the most challenging realities of our day. If you feel called in this way, we invite you to join us at Fuller. Our faculty, experienced in research and study of the Islamic faith, will help you understand and think critically about Islam and mission.

How will you participate in the global conversation about Islam?

Emphasis Faculty

Martin Accad*  John Azumah*  Nabil Jabbour*  Evelyne Reisacher Charles Tieszen*  John Travis*

*affiliate or adjunct faculty

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Evelyne Reisacher

“My desire is to see people in the evangelical context really be the best at knowing Islam, the best at loving Muslims, and the best also at worshipping God in their daily life,” says Evelyne Reisacher, associate professor of Islamic studies and intercultural relations. With over 20 years of experience working in Muslim contexts, she brings to her classroom a wealth of knowledge to prepare students with essential tools to engage the religion of Islam and Muslim communities.

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Student Perspective


Oscar Merlo

MA Intercultural Studies
My Islamic Studies courses provide narratives for understanding the “religious other.” The open classroom environment invites dialogue with difficult questions, and the scholarly readings challenge me socially, theologically, and intellectually. In this interpluralistic world we must be prepared to enter spaces as gospel bearers who intelligently shine the love, justice, and light of Jesus in ways that are humble yet evangelistic.

Curriculum Requirements

To earn an emphasis in Islamic Studies, students must fulfill the emphasis requirements (20 units) listed below:

Required Courses (8 units):

MR550 Introduction to Islam

MR574 Muslim Peoples: A Sociological Approach

Choose Three (12 units):

MR552 History of the Muslim-Christian Encounter
MR554 Developing Communities in Muslim Contexts
MR555 Popular Islamic Piety
MR556 Current Trends in Islam
MR557 Muslim Women and Family
MR568 Shariah and Human Rights
MR569 Biblical Hermeneutics in a Muslim Context


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Read more from Dr. Woodberry, founder of our Islamic Studies program, in FULLER magazine.

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