An examination of Muslim religious thought and practice, including the Shi’ite and Sufi traditions, with an analysis of the current debates regarding the Muslim identity among revivalists, conservatives and modernists.
This paper provides an introduction to the many dimensions of Muslim (religious) life, its historical origins as well as it present-day manifestations, its beliefs as well as its practices. With over a billion adherents and a geographical spread that stretches from Mali to Indonesia, from Birmingham to Dunedin, from the streets of Lahore to the hallowed halls of al-Azhar University in Cairo - the oldest college in the world - the religion of Islam today is a needed topic of study. Understanding Islam's historical richness allows one to appreciate its many manifestations today and the ways in which modern Muslim religious identity remains under negotiation.
|Paper title||The Religion of Islam|
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- 18 200-level RELS or RELX points
- RELS 207, RELX 207, RELX 324
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
- Teaching Arrangements
- Campus: Lectures are held twice weekly (50 minutes each). One out of four lectures
is designated as a tutorial for added interaction and to allow students to reflect
back what they have learned.
Distance - Students will conduct self-study with the course book's Study Guide providing guidance to approaching the assigned readings. In addition, twice-weekly tutorials will be conducted online through the free videoconferencing programme, Zoom.
- Andrew Rippin, Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (4th edition. London:
A coursebook has also been developed for this paper.
- Course outline
- View sample course outline for RELS324
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will possess
- A working familiarity with the traditional account concerning the historical formation of the Muslim religious tradition, along with an awareness of some of the complications to this picture
- A familiarity with key Muslim religious concepts and the range of meanings traditionally associated with them
- An acquaintance with Islam's most important codified practices
- An appreciation for the intricacies of such practices through an in-depth exploration of one of them
- An understanding of the many faces of present-day Islam through an exploration of Islam in one modern country
- A heightened appreciation of the different kinds of analytical tools that can be brought to bear on religious pronouncements and practices - theological, philosophical, psychological, socio-economic, anthropological, etc - and the different results that come about through their application
- The ability to research disparate types of material and bring them together in a unified presentation
- The ability to develop creative and critical approaches by analysing texts and primary sources
- The ability to present an extended analysis in essay form using appropriate literature on a chosen topic
- The capacity to juxtapose two very different analyses of religious texts, take each on its merits and read one in light of the other.
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- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Theology and Religion's websites: www.otago.ac.nz/theology or www.otago.ac.nz/religion
- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor
Lecturer: Dr Majid Danesghar
- Paper Structure
- A brief introduction to the academic study of Islam is followed by an investigation
into Islam's historical formation; an accounting of its most important beliefs and
practices (the Qur'an, Muhammad, the Five Pillars, etc); and the divisions of the
religious sciences and theological schools and the distinctive character of each.
Finally, Islam's complex encounter with modernity is given consideration.
- Essay outline (750 words) 10%
- Essay (3,000 words) 40%
- Exam (two hours) 50%