Islamic Belief & Thought
This module will introduce students to the history of Islamic theology, philosophy and mysticism as it developed and flourished in the midst of Islamic faith and culture. The module will also examine modern debates within the larger context of Islamic thought and try to follow some recent arguments on social and political issues.
Formation of Islamic theology
Mu‘tazilites: Early Rationalists
Ash‘arism: early Orthodoxy
The origin and development of Islamic philosophy
Peripatetics (mashshā’is) and Illiminationists (ishrāqis)
Contemporary theological challenges
Islam and modernity
Islam and democracy
On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:
Demonstrate the origins, development and history of Islamic thought
Discuss key contemporary debates in a Muslim context
This module will call for successful student to:
Demonstrate critical analysis of key concepts and perspectives
Evaluate the modern and traditional understanding of Islam
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies
All learning materials are developed according to the SCATE format. Students are advised to study units available online followed by timetabled activities which are of crucial importance and require a serious attention. Students need to consult suggested reading materials which are not necessarily available online. At the same time, students are expected to contribute to Discussion Group as an integral part of their study. They would receive feedback regarding their activities and contribution by the module tutor. Extra reading and activities are provided for students who are interested to have a deeper and broader understanding of the issues of concern.
Students are required to complete all activities and review questions within the set deadlines and contribute to the discussion group as well. Finally, students are required to submit an essay of 3000 words on a relevant topic approved in advance by the module tutor.
Activities: 30 out of 100
Review Questions & Discussion Group: 10 out of 100
Essay: 60 out of 100
1. Fakhry, Majid, (1997) Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Mysticism, A Short Introduction, Oxford: Oneworld Press.
2. W. Montgomery Watt, (2009) Islamic Philosophy and Theology, New Jersey: Aldine Transaction Rutgers.
3. Bennet, Clinton. (2005) Muslims and Modernity: An Introduction to the Issues and Debates, Academi.
1. S.H. Nasr & O. Leaman, (2001) History of Islamic Philosophy, London: Routledge.
2. W. Montgomery Watt, (1998) The Formative Period of Islamic Thought, Oxford: Oneworld Press.