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This subject introduces students to Islam and its adherents within contemporary global dynamics. It examines the thought of key Muslim intellectuals from the 19th Century till present and their attempts to come to terms with modernity as a Western project, while addressing critical issues facing Islam. Areas for consideration include: renewal and reform. the impact of colonialism and globalisation on Muslim discourse. independent judgment (ijtihad) versus emulation (taqlid). and issues associated with civil society. Students will also explore the challenge of shaping a Muslim identity in the modern world, in the context of key Muslim institutions and social movements.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have an understanding the impact of modernity on Islam and the responses of Muslim intellectuals towards modernity;
- have a good understanding of the major trends of these responses in the Muslim world;
- have a good understanding of ideas and arguments of the key Muslim intellectuals in dealing with critical issues facing Islam in modern society;
- acquire the ability to work effectively both independently and in groups on the arguments and ideas of these key intellectuals, gain effective oral and written communication skills;
- be able to anaylse their ideas critically and develop the reserach skills in examining .
Last updated: 17 February 2020