Introduction to Islam

Department of Theology and Religion, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law

Details

Code 24034

Level of study First Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Pre-requisite modules None

Other pre-requisites None

Module description

The module examines Islam both as a religious tradition and also as a political and social reality.
In semester 1, the main topics surveyed include: Islamic history in the early and classical period, the Prophet Muhammad and the first Islamic community, the Qur’an, the Prophet’s Hadith, early religious and political developments, Sunni and Shi’i Islam.
In semester 2, the main topics surveyed include: Islamic history in the early modern and modern period, Islamic spirituality, women in Islam, Islam in the modern world, radical and militant Islam.

Teaching and learning methods

The course will be delivered principally through interactive lectures, which will provide a broad range of information and ideas and also afford students the opportunity of exploring aspects of this material in more detail through group discussion and interaction. WebCT will be used to support these teaching and learning activities where appropriate. This course will, as far as possible, adhere to the chief principles of the University’s current Learning and Teaching strategy.