Islam in the Modern World

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Islam in the Modern World

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Studies, Islamic Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Islam including Islamic beliefs and practices, origins and history, and sacred scripture. It examines the most complex debates within Islam today and dilemmas in its relations with the West, including contemporary Muslim thought, Islamic law, human rights, democracy, integration, jihad and conflict in the context of Islam-West relations. 
    Course Introduction
    This course is an introduction to the religion of Islam and the cultures and societies that comprise the modern Muslim world. It covers the central teachings of the religion, the major themes the Quran, and Islamic history and civilisation. Building upon this foundation, the course examines how social and political developments have shaped modern Muslim thought. In this context, various debates and dilemmas concerning Islam and its relations with the Western world are discussed including Islamic law, human rights, democracy, jihad, conflict and terrorism. However, this course goes beyond the headlines and attempts to provide a meaningful insight into Muslim societies and communities, including those in Western countries such as Australia. This course uses highly relevant and effective supporting material including a single textbook that relates directly to the course content.
    Course Aims
    This course aims to provide an introduction to the study of Islam and Muslims. Students who complete this course will have gained important insights into issues that are highly relevant to the fields of sociology, history and cultural studies, media and journalism and international relations. The aim of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive and relevant introduction to Islam in the context of the modern world, which will be of personal, academical and professional benefit. Within the first few weeks of this course, students will gain a sound understanding of Islam's main teachings, sacred texts, and history. By mid-semester, students will also be familiar with the development of modern Muslim thought and the evolution of Islamic law. By the second half of the semester students will be able to engage in a study of the various debates and dilemmas involving Islam in the modern world that impact most significantly on Islam-West relations. Students will acquire a sound understanding of human rights and democracy in the Muslim world, the concept of jihad, the Israel-Palestine conflict, US foreign policy towards Islam and the Muslim world, the role of the mass media in shaping perceptions of Islam and Muslims, and issues pertaining to Muslim communities living in Australia.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Understand historical developments in the Muslim world and their impact on contemporary contexts;
    2. Understand the origins, development, and diversity of Islamic thought on various contemporary issues;
    3. Deal more effectively with Muslim people, including within the context of complex debates; and
    4. Analyse and convey an informed opinion on matters pertaining to the contemporary Muslim world, including relations between Islam and the West.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.