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This subject introduces students to the rich heritage of ethical traditions in Islamic thought. Students will study and critically evaluate the key features and contributions of Muslim theologians, philosophers and Sufis, who attempted to deal with revelation and rationalistic discourse in exploring the meaning of ethical life for Muslims and discussing whether philosophy and religious wisdoms were equals and allies in the pursuit of happiness. The origin and development of these traditions will be introduced with an emphasis on the relevance and application of some ethical issues, such as free will, predestination, human responsibility, and bioethics, to contemporary Muslim societies.
Intended learning outcomes
Understanding of the ethical traditions in Islamic thought with an emphasis on the ethical doctrines of Muslim theologians, philosophers and Sufis. Discussing the application of some ethical issues, such as free will, predestination, human responsibility, and bioethics, to contemporary Muslim societies.
To be able to understand the doctrines and ethical theories developed by Muslim thinkers on the nature of goodness and badness and the moral compass in historical and cultural contexts.
Develop skills and ability to critically examine and analyse the major themes of Islamic thought. Apply a number of reserach methodologies to produce and formulate independently scholarly arguments in oral and written communication skills.
Last updated: 17 February 2020