Search results - An Introduction to Islam and its Great Early Intellectual Figures
|Address||London Road Campus|
|Dates||Thu 25 Apr to Thu 27 Jun 2013|
Time of meeting: 7.00-9.00pm
Number of meetings: 10
|Subject area(s)||Religious Studies|
|Application status||Course cancelled|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com.|
OverviewThis course is an introduction to Islam: its origins & its early historical development ; its key text & beliefs & practices; & its main mystical element. And, it is an introduction to the thought of some of its great early intellectual figures.
DescriptionReligion has played a highly important part in the lives of human beings. Islam is one of the great religions of the world. This course is an introduction to Islam: to its early historical development; its key text and beliefs and practices; and, its main mystical element, Sufism. It is also an introduction to some of the thought of its great early intellectual figures.
The course does not assume any prior specialist knowledge. Classes will consist principally of lectures.
Programme detailsWeek 1: Islam: Muhammad; The Qur’an; Hadith and Sunna.
Week 2: Islam: Expansion; the Umayyad dynasty; Sunnis and Shias
Week 3: Islam: Ethics
Week 4: Islam: The Five Pillars
Week 5: Islam: Sufism
Week 6: Islam: Greek into Arabic; Al-Kindi
Week 7: Islam: Al-Farabi
Week 8: Islam: Ibn Sina
Week 9: Islam: Al-Ghazali
Week 10: Islam: Ibn Rushd
Waines, D., An Introduction to Islam (Cambridge, 1975).
Rahman, F., Islam (Chicago, 1979)
Hourani, G., Reason and Tradition in Islamic Ethics (Cambridge, 1985)
Leaman, O., An Introduction to Classical Islamic Philosophy (Cambridge, 2002)
Dr Karim Esmail
Educated at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard. Formerly, Research Fellow, Oxford, Visiting Fellow, Harvard, and Burney Student and Acting Director of...more
Course aimsCourse Aim and Objectives:
To provide an understanding of Islam: its early historical development; its key text and beliefs and practices; and its main mystical element, Sufism.
To provide also an understanding of some of the thought of its great early intellectual figures.
Assessment methodsThere is assessment by coursework.
Students will be asked to provide a very short plan on a subject which they intend to write an essay on.
They will then be asked to provide a short essay (c. 1,000 words).
Teaching methodsClasses take place once a week for ten weeks.
Classes consist principally of lectures.
Students should allow time for private reading and study.
Teaching outcomesAs a result of the course, students will have:
An understanding of the origins of Islam and its early historical development, its key text and beliefs and religious duties, and its main mystical element.
An understanding of its ethics and the intellectual thought of some of the great figures of medieval Islam.
- Programme Fee
- Home/EU fee: £145.00
- Non-EU fee: £145.00