Undergraduate Module Descriptor
ARA1018: Introduction to Islam
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)
Dr Suha Taji-Farouki (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
This module will introduce you to Islam as both a textually based religious tradition and as a lived practice. It is an essential module that introduces you to themes and ideas that will be useful for your study of Islam and the Middle East in modules you may take in the future. As such, it is for the beginner with no prior knowledge and takes an inter-disciplinary approach using history, theology, law, literature, the arts and philosophy as a way to introduce the religious traditions of over 1.5 billion people worldwide. Starting from an introduction to the basic textual sources of the Qur’an and the practice of the Prophet Muhammad, we consistently ask what significance the history of the faith has for believers both in the past and in the future, and conclude with discussions on who speaks for Islam in the contemporary world and the difficulty of that very question.