EM451/651 Understanding the Hadith from a Christian Perspective

This course will analyse the Hadith (the traditions of Muhammad). Muslim scholars describe them as Islam’s second most important documents, after the Qur’an.

It will answer the questions: Where did Islam come from? What does it teach about Allah? What kind of person was Muhammad? Is Islam peaceful or violent? Does Islam liberate or oppress women? How does Islam view other religions?

Subject CodeEM451 - Undergraduate
EM651 - Graduate
Study ModeMST Wantirna Campus or Online
Next AvailableSemester 1, 2021

Dr. Bernie Power


This subject will be taught by Dr. Bernie Power.

Bernie’s area of expertise is in the comparative study of Islam and Christianity. He lectures on the life of Muhammad, the Qur’an, the Hadith, Apologetics, and Christian Ministry in Islamic contexts.

Bernie grew up in Sydney. He has lived and taught in Australia and the UK and various countries in Asia and the Middle East. In his spare time Bernie enjoys reading, bike riding and bushwalking.


    Assessments will be advised first day of class.

      Recommended Textbooks

      None of the follow books are required readings, but sections of these books will be recommended for further information throughout the course:

      - Habib Ur Rahman Azami The Sunnah in Islam (London: U.K. Islamic Academy, 1995)
      • Muhammad Mustapha Azami Studies in Hadith Methodology and Literature (Oak Brook, Ill: American Trust Publications, 1978)
      • Jonathan Brown Hadith (London: One World publishers, 2009)
      • Abdur Rahman Doi Introduction to the Hadith (Kuala Lumpur: A.S.Noordeen, 1991)
      • Emad Hamdeh, The Necessity of the Hadith in Islam (London: International Islamic Publishing House, 2011)
      • Mohammad Hashim Kamali, A Textbook of Islamic Studies (Leicestershire: The Islamic Foundation, 2005)
      • Ed Hoskins, The Muslim’s Mind (Colorado Springs: Dawson Media, 2011)
      • Israr Ahmad Khan, Authentication of the Hadith (London: International Islamic Publishing House, 2010)
      • Phil Parshall, Inside the Community (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2002)
      • Bernie Power, Engaging Islamic Traditions: Using the Hadith in Christian Ministry to Muslims (Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2016)
      • Bernie Power, Challenging Islamic Traditions: Searching Questions about the Hadith from a Christian Perspective (Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2016)

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