Islam Today (30 credits): Islam Today seeks to develop a comprehensive framework for developing understanding of the place and practice of Islam in the contemporary world, focusing on Muslims in ‘western’ contexts. It provides students with an opportunity to analyse and write about issues relating to Islam and Muslim societies in depth, including diversity of Islamic understandings, medical ethics, education and Islam, approaches to gender, and the representation of Islam.
Muslim Networks: Communication, Knowledge and Islamic Traditions in Contemporary Perspective (30 credits). The module enables students to acquire a thorough understanding of the networking and interaction between Islam, Muslims and cultures in historical and contemporary contexts. It focuses on developing critical awareness of significant factors influencing the development of specific interpretative and belief frameworks within Muslim societies, including Sufism and Shi’ism.
Perspectives on Islamic Sources (30 credits): This module seeks to develop an analytical approach towards modern scholarship of the Qur'an and Hadith alongside critical assessment of scholarly contributions to these two disciplines. Students explore critical approaches towards the historical development of Islamic interpretative approaches from the primary sources.
Theory and Methodology in the Study of Religions (30 credits): In this module, you will be equipped with all the skills necessary to further your research in the Study of Religions. Whether you want to further ground yourself in the study of theory or whether you want to apply your knowledge more competently in the field, this module aims to deliver key skills and frameworks for your success.
The Islamic Intellectual Tradition: Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Developments (30 credits):
This module seeks to examine the formative, medieval, modern and contemporary Islamic theological and philosophical traditions. It also looks at analysing the relationships between the Islamic and non-Islamic (Hellenic, Indian and Christian) intellectual traditions.
Sufism and Islamic Spirituality: The Mystical Dimensions of Islam (30 credits):
This module looks to examine, assess and evaluate the relationship of Sufism with other Islamic disciplines jurisprudence (fiqh), theology (kalam), and philosophy (falsafa) and to examine the continuities and discontinuities between pre-modern and modern expressions of Sufism in Muslim-majority societies, and to examine the experience of Sufism in Muslim-minority societies (British and American).
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