Undergraduate Module Descriptor
ARA1018: Introduction to Islam
This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.
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:
- General historical background: Near Eastern monotheisms, Muhammad in Mecca and Medina.
- The Qur'anic revelation and formation of a community, creed and policy.
- The Prophet, the hadith and the Sunna: historical contexts, lines of interpretation, the Prophetic example; devotion, covenant renewal, pilgrimage, visitation
- Islamic art and architecture
- The formation of the Islamic tradition: formation of a community, creed, theologies and policies
- Islamic mysticism/Sufism
- Ritual and devotion
- Philosophy and theology
- Fiqh, Shari'a, ethics and Islamic 'law'
- Muslim responses to modernity
- Who speaks for Islam? Religion and identity in the modern world
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity||11||11 x 1 hour lectures|
|Guided Independent study||60||Reading for and reflecting on class discussions in seminars|
|Guided Independent study||12||Completion of formative on-line assignments in the Library Literacy component|
|Guided Independent study||56||Researching and completing summative assignments|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||11||11 x 1 hour seminars|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).