HSC201 – Islamic Theology 2


  • The Unity of God
  • The Names and Attributes of God
  • Divine Justice
  • The Relationship between Human Free-will and God’s Decree
  • Prophethood
  • Imamate
  • Eschatology

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:

  • Debate the main theological arguments of the Shia school of thought. (A1, A3, A5, A6)
  • Propose effective answers from the Qur’an, traditions and logical reasoning to common questions and misconceptions about Islamic doctrine. (A2 A3, B5)
  • Evaluate key theological concepts and perspectives. (B1, B2, B3)

This module will call for the successful student to:

  • Build on relevant and appropriate information and examples from the lectures and discussions to substantiate theological perspectives. (B4, B5, C2, C5, D3, D5)
  • Discuss and challenge perspectives on major theological issues. (B5, C1, C2, C4, D1, D3, D4)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Lectures provide the basic structure of this module. Seminars and group discussions are used to debate and explore specific areas. Students are expected to undertake individual study consisting of set and free reading and are encouraged to participate in discussions, led by the lecturer, in order to enhance learning and to cover any gaps in knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. Furthermore, students are expected to discuss material presented in class in their mubāḥathah (study circle) sessions to enhance understanding and retention.

Assessment Modes
Questions arising from lectures form the basis formative assessment, through small group discussions leading to the development of theological understanding. Each portfolio assignment is entitled to formative feedback from the module leader before the 10th learning week. Students are required to see the module leader regularly to receive feedback and support with their portfolio work. Additionally, tutorial time enables the module leader to give guidance to students on topics of concern and provide constructive feedback related to portfolio work. Revision sessions are also arranged that will cover topics in preparation for exams, providing constructive formative feedback to students.
Summative, graded assessment is by portfolio and debate. The portfolio will consist of two assignments of 1,500  words each (Outcomes 4, 5). The 2 hour written examination will take place at the end of the semester (Outcomes 1, 2, 3).

Assessment Weighting
Portfolio: 50%
Written Examination: 50%

Learning Materials

Core Reading

  • Misbah-Yazdi, M.T. (2009). Theological Instructions. London: Institute of Islamic Studies.
  • Mutahhari, M. (2002). Understanding Islamic Sciences. London: ICAS.
  • Sa‘idi-Mihr, Muhammad and Amir Divani (2014), Islamic Thought. ABWA Publishing and Printing Center