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MIN 403 – Methods and Perspectives in Islamic Studies

‘Islamic Studies (IS),’ in the extended sense of the term and with all its various branches and disciplines, is part of a much wider field known as Cultural Sciences (Kulturwissenschaften) which is a combination of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). As such, many of the methodological frameworks as well as the methods used in Cultural Sciences could, with appropriate adjustments, be used in the area of Islamic Sciences. The current module is devised to enable students to achieve a number of objectives. In the first place, it aims to familiarise students with the most important methodological approaches and schools in the field of Cultural Sciences. Secondly, since each competent researcher in Humanities and Social Sciences ought to have a good grasp of a number of ‘methods’ for collecting, analysing and interpreting data and information, critically assessing available evidence, rival views and contesting theories, and providing satisfactory explanations for the phenomena under investigation, a selection of most relevant research methods is also introduced. Last but not least, in view of the fact that successful researchers in the area of Islamic Studies should be able to present the results of their findings in effective ways, various techniques of writing and presenting a research report/dissertation on themes related to Islamic Studies will be introduced. The overall aim of the Module however is to inculcate the ability of critical thinking in the students and to equip them with the required skill and competence for discerning and exploring genuine ‘problems’ in the area of Islamic Sciences and developing their intellectual potentials for producing novel solutions for the detected problems.
Module Title : Methods and Perspectives in Islamic Studies
Module Type: Core
Program: MA Islamic Studies
Prerequisite(s): none
Credit(s): 30
Module Code: MIN 403
Semester: 1
Component(s): Coursework: 60% Presentation: 20% Review Activity: 20%

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