Islam: Later Developments

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Islam: Later Developments

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Islamic Studies, Religion, Theology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Islam: Later Developments
    Module code: 4AAT1951
    Semester: Semester 2 (spring)
    Module description: This module provides an overview of Muslim thought and history from around 1000 to 1500 CE, a period in which the still-expanding Muslim world witnessed rapid sophistication of ideas and cultures, and the flowering and cross-fertilization of various currents of thought. Much of the Muslim scholarship produced during this period still serves as the foundation of Muslim intellectual discourse today.
    The module introduces students to the work and ideas of key intellectual figures from this period, while situating them in their specific socio-political contexts. The module revolves around the following three key themes: i) mutual critique and influence among Muslim theologians, philosophers and Sufis; ii) intertwinement of religious thought and politics in the medieval Muslim world; and iii) reason versus revelation. Thinkers to be studied include al-Ghazali, Ibn Rushd, Suhrawardi, Ibn al- Arabi, Rumi and Ibn Taymiyya.
    Credit level: 4
    Credit value: 15
    Teaching pattern: One one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks.
    Assessment: written examination/s; coursework;
    One 2,500-word essay (40%) and one two-hour closed book exam (60%) in May/June (Period II).

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