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This is an introductory subject that exposes students to the basic and fundamental beliefs and practices that constitute the fabric of the Islamic world. Students will be able to explore relationships and differences between the key teachings of Islam and the customary practices of Muslims. In doing so, students will study both unity and diversity in various regions of the Muslim world. Historical and anthropological approaches to studying a number of key institutions and discourses in Muslim societies will also be introduced.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
understanding the fundamental beliefs and practices of Islam, the rise and development of Islamic thought in its socio-historical context, and the nature of diversity within Islamic faith;
demonstrate an awareness of how Islamic thought was emerged and developed into a number of theological, legal and political trends in order to have competency to understand and deal with people of diverse cultural and intellectual backgrounds;
develop skills and ability to critically examine and analyse the major themes of Islamic thought. Apply a number of research methodologies to produce and formulate independently scholarly arguments in oral and written communication skills.
Last updated: 22 January 2021