Level of study First Year
Credit value 20
Pre-requisite modules None
Other pre-requisites None
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.
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.