THEOREL 106G Islam in the Contemporary World

THEOREL 106G | B&E, EDUSW, EMHSS, LC | Semester One 2017 | City Campus

Description

Islam has become a very significant aspect of contemporary global and local societies. This course introduces students to an understanding of key aspects of Islam and an analysis of its significant contribution to New Zealand society, and societies and cultures across the world.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the life of Muhammad and the origins of Islam
  • Discuss the development of the early schools of Islamic philosophy and theology
  • Critically discuss the relevance and value of Islamic law
  • Have an understanding of Islamic mysticism and its place in our current setting
  • Discuss contemporary scholarly debates on the place of women in Islam
  • Be able to analyse the current debate on the relationship between Islam and democracy
  • Have an understanding of contemporary approaches to interpreting the Quran
  • Develop an informed perspective by engaging with the course readings
  • Present a brief analysis in short essay form demonstrating understanding

Topics covered

  • Faces of Islam in contemporary New Zealand
  • God and the Quran
  • Muhammad
  • Theological/philosophical debates
  • Islamic law sharia
  • Mysticism
  • Family, Women and Gender
  • Minorities and Migration
  • Hejra, Dawah and Jihad
  • Islam, Secularism and Democracy
  • Islam and New Zealand

Assessment

Mid-semester online quiz
Essay
Exam

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