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5AAT2015 Modern Islam II: Sociological & Intellectual Trends

THIS MODULE IS NOT RUNNING IN 2017-18

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee this module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

Credit value: 15
Module tutor: Dr Kazuyo Murata
Assessment:

New model

One 2,000-word essay (40%) and one two-hour open book exam (60%), in which the student must demonstrate they have carefully engaged with the assigned readings and are able to contextualize the contents. Students can bring the (annotated) texts of the readings, classroom notes, text books by Ayoob and Shepard. 

Previous model

One 2,500-word essay (40%) and one two-hour open book exam (60%), in which the student must demonstrate they have carefully engaged with the assigned readings and are able to contextualize the contents. Students can bring the (annotated) texts of the readings, classroom notes, text books by Ayoob and Shepard.

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: Two-hour weekly classes, with the second hour focusing on discussion, over ten weeks.
Pre-requisites: None; however, a basic familiarity with Islam and its early history is preferable.

This module presents case studies of the modern Muslim world from the perspectives of intellectual history and social sciences through introductory lectures and discussions on assigned texts. It also introduces students to various approaches to the study of the modern Muslim world through examples from contemporary scholarship in the social sciences and in intellectual history, along with general surveys, thematic studies and samples from the writings of Muslim individuals.

Sample topics

  • Muslim Revival, Renewal and Reform
  • Sufism in Modernity
  • Muslim Modernist Literature in South Asia
  • Women in Islam
  • Modern Shi'ite Intellectuals in Iran
  • Human Rights and Modern Islam
  • Education, Law and Qur'an Interpretation in Modern Muslim Societies

Further information

Module aims
  • To familiarise students with key Muslim intellectuals in the modern world
  • To introduce students to various approaches to the study of the modern Muslim world through the reading of recent scholarship in intellectual history and in the social sciences.
  • To present key social and intellectual developments of the modern Muslim world
Learning outcomes

Generic skills

  • Ability to engage critically with primary and secondary materials
  • Develop an understanding of the insider/outsider problem in the social sciences
  • Ability to summarise and develop arguments
  • Ability to write an essay on the basis of suggested primary and secondary sources in addition to independent research
Course specific skills
  • Achieve a familiarity with the societies and intellectual trends of the modern Muslim world
  • Understand social-scientific and intellectual-historical approaches to the study of the modern Muslim world
Past syllabi
Previous syllabus document from academic year 2015-16 available here

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.
Preliminary Reading

John Espositio, What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam (Oxford University Press, 2011)
Karen Armstrong, Islam: A Short History (Modern Library, 2007)
Mohammed Ayoub, Many Faces of Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World (University of Michigan Press, 2007)

Mandatory Textbook (ebook available via the library catalogue)

Gerhard Bowering (ed.), Islamic Political Thought: An Introduction (Princeton University Press, 2015)

 

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