The main issues explored are:
- Islam and democracy
- Islam and human rights
- Islam and terrorism
- Suicide bombing
- Islam and issues in medical ethics
- Artificial insemination
- Organ transplantation
On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:
- Evaluate key contemporary debates in a Muslim context. (B4)
- Represent an overview of the broader picture of Islam as understood by different modern Muslim thinkers. (A3, A4)
- Summarise and evaluate key points raised in a debate on current issues in Muslim societies. (B4, B5, B6)
This module will call for the successful student to:
- Build appropriate methods to identify, gather and organize information on current issues from primary and secondary sources and use them effectively. (B6, C1, C5, D5, D6)
- Verbally argue and challenge modern and traditional understanding of Islamic issues. (B5, C2, C4, D2, D3, D4)
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy
The module will be taught through lectures, discussion, and seminars. Students work will be developed through class work and search of primary and secondary sources. Certain topics will be addressed in round table discussions.
Formative assessment involves an in-depth search and review of publications related to the specific paper will be required. Students will receive formative feedback on their debate performance after completing them which will help them improve for future debates. They may also hand in their debate notes to the lecturer for feedback and guidance, and discuss and clarify and outstanding issues before the debate commences. Additionally, as part of the formative learning process each student will meet at least once with the module leader in order to discuss their critical learning for their assessed essay. The tutorial or meeting will not be assessed but will form part of the formative learning process with constructive feedback given to the student. A draft of the critical review may be submitted for formative assessment before the 10th week.
Summative, graded assessment for this module is based on a debate and a critical review. The debate will last for 30 minutes and will require students to present researched arguments on differing perspectives concerning current issues in Muslim societies (Outcomes 2, 4, 5). The critical review will be of 1,500 words and will consist of a summary and evaluation of key points raised in the debate (Outcomes 1, 3).
Critical review: 40%
- Mutahhari, M. (2014) The Rights of Women in Islam, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Masud K. M. (2009). Islam and Modernity: Key Issues and Debates, Edinburgh University Press
- Nasr, S.H. and Religionsphilosoph, I. (2010) Islam in the modern world: Challenged by the west, threatened by fundamentalism, keeping faith with tradition. New York: HarperOne.