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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3195: Islam Contested: Faith, Thought and Politics in the Contemporary World

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Mustafa Baig (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


An understanding of contemporary Islam is indispensable to making sense of current affairs and the world around us. Public debates refer to a ‘crisis’ in Islam and a ‘war’ for Muslim minds and souls, while policy, security and academic communities struggle to anticipate unfolding Islamic trends. This module will introduce you to the world of Islamic faith, thought and politics today, paying particular attention to the crucial theme of contestation over Islam and its application. If you want to tackle the key issues behind and in contemporary Islam while understanding how modern history drives it, and with an eye to possible future developments, then this module is for you.

No specific prior skills or experience are needed to take this module, and there are no co-requisite modules, but you are expected to have a general interest in the role of Islam today, the modern history of the Arab-Muslim world, and current affairs. 

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