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The Qur'an: An Introduction (ISLM20003)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeISLM20003
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is an introduction, in English translation, to the most important text of Islam, the Qur'an, which Muslims regard as the primary source of Islam. Students will study: the origins of the Qur'an, its overall structure and content, major themes, approaches to its interpretation, and its function in Muslim religious, social, cultural and political life. The themes and topics covered (such as God, ethics, women, state, inter-faith relations, violence) should assist students in understanding contemporary debates on the relevance of Islam today.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

have a good understanding of the origins of the Qur'an, its overall structure and content, major themes, approaches to its interpretation and its functions in Muslim religious and socio-political life;
be able to compare the Quran to other similar scriptural texts of other religions and engage with related Qur'anic discourses from a comparative perspective;
be able to critically examine and analyse a range of Qur'anic discourses keeping in mind the diversity of voices within Muslim tradition, and communicate this orally and in writing.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A 1000 word class test due in final day of class (25%)
  • A class presentation, equivalent to 1,000 words due during the teaching period (15%)
  • A 2000 word essay due April 26, 2019 (60%)

Hurdle requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, class attendance is compulsory on all 6 teaching days. Regular participation in class is required. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • February
    CoordinatorAbdullah Saeed
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursA total of 35 hours: 7 x 5 hour lectures and tutorials.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date 2 January 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsStudents are required to read the prescribed readings available through the LMS.
    Teaching period20 February 2019 to 28 February 2019
    Last self-enrol date11 January 2019
    Census date22 February 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail15 March 2019
    Assessment period ends26 April 2019

    February contact information

Time commitment details

Time commitment totals 170 hours.

Additional delivery details

This subject is an intensive subject that will taught over 6 days.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    • Saeed, A. The Qur'an: An Introduction London, Routledge 2008
    • Abdel-Haleem, The Qur'an, Oxford 2005

    Recommended texts and other resources

    Saeed, A. Interpreting the Qur'an: Towards a Contemporary Approach, Routledge, 2006

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 October 2019