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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3138: Foundational Islamic Texts: Qur'An and Hadith

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


Weeks 1: Introduction


Weeks 2-5: Selected readings in Arabic from significant texts in modern Islamic thought.


Weeks 6-11: Selected readings in Arabic from the Qur'an and major Sunni hadith collections; additional assigned readings from tafsir, Arberry's translation of the Qur'an and translations of hadith and tafsir literatures. 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 22Weekly 2-hour seminars devoted to the translation and analysis of selected Arabic texts from the Qur'an, hadith and tafsir literature, and from related texts in modern Islamic thought, supplemented by assigned readings of related materials in translation;
Guided Independent study128Directed learning and private study outside the classroom, allocating your time as follows:
Guided Independent study64(a) Weekly preparation and follow-up for seminars, encompassing preparing set texts; background readings, and completing the Formative Assessment assignment
Guided Independent study64(b) Researching and writing 2 Summative Assessment assignments

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

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