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All over the world societies continue to grapple with the role religion plays in everyday life. What does it mean to have ‘faith’? How do people reconcile religious and secular codes? What is the relationship between religion and politics? These experiences and tensions are particularly important in the Muslim world where religion often plays a significant role in public life.
This subject will introduce students to Islam and its global impact on politics. Drawing together key scholars from the Asia Institute, this subject will explore the origins of Islam and its contemporary impact throughout the Muslim world and beyond. It will explore how Islam has influenced politics throughout the Muslim world, with specific focus on the ways in which Islamic doctrines have shaped the legal and political structures of Muslim-majority states such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. This introductory subject will offer students a good understanding of the foundations and the key concepts, dynamics and controversies in Islam and its practice in the modern world.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- understand and illustrate how Islam influences political movements globally;
- demonstrate an understanding of the complexity and diversity of Islamic thought in socio-political context;
- develop the capacity for research on diverse intellectual movements in the socio-political context of Islam.
- critically analyse academic resources related to Islamic thought, and
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- acquire the ability to understand the main themes of Islamic thought;
- to work effectively both independently and in groups to analyse these themes and develop the research skills in examining them;
- develop skills and ability to critically examine and analyse the themes discussed in Islamic thought, and
- apply a number of research methodologies adequately to produce independently scholarly arguments in oral and written communication skills.
Last updated: 21 February 2020