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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Judaism and Islam: An Introduction
Module Code TP238
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Brad Anderson
Semester 2: Brad Anderson
Autumn: Brad Anderson
Module TeachersBrad Anderson
Jonathan Kearney
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the religious traditions of Judaism and Islam, through an exploration of key aspects of identity, texts, and traditions. Students will develop knowledge of the major historical developments and traditions within Judaism, contemporary groups and expressions, as well as key issues related to the background and formation of the Tanakh and rabbinic literature. In relation to Islam, the module investigates key developments and traditions, as well as introducing students to the development and interpretation of the Qur’an and Hadith. In the course of this module students gain skills that will enable them to engage with these religious traditions from a variety of perspectives and methodologies used in the academic study of religions. Students are expected to attend and contribute to lectures, and to engage with the primary texts in a reflective and analytical manner as they progress through the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Reflect critically on the complexity of Jewish identity and the major traditions withing contemporary Judaism
2. Communicate a critical understanding of key texts within the Jewish tradition, including the Tanakh and rabbinic literature
3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of diversity within Islam, and different traditions within contemporary Islam
4. Identify and analyze key texts in Islam, in particular Qur'an and Hadith
5. Reflect on the complex interrelationships between Judaism and Islam and Christianity

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayEssay 1 (1000 words) on Judaism40%n/a
EssayEssay 2 (1000 words) on Islam40%n/a
In Class TestIn-class quiz 1 on Judaism (20 questions)10%n/a
In Class TestIn-class quiz 2 on Islam (20 question)10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Anderson, Bradford A., and Gooder, Paula: 2017, An Introduction to the Study of the Pentateuch, Bloomsbury, London, 9780567656391
  • Bennett, Clinton (ed): 2019, The Bloomsbury Companion to Islamic Studies, Bloomsbury, London, 9781472586896
  • Berkey, Jonathan P.: 2003, The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600 - 1800, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 9780521588133
  • Brettler, Marc Zvi: 2007, How to Read the Jewish Bible, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 9780195325225
  • Davies, Sharyn Graham: 2010, Gender Diversity in Indonesia: Sexuality, Islam and Queer Selves, Routledge, London, 9780203860953
  • Hayes, Christine: 2012, Introduction to the Bible, Yale University Press, New Haven, 9780300181791
  • Holtz, Barry (ed.): 1992, Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts, Simon and Schuster, New York, 9780671605964
  • Peters, F. E.: 1994, A Reader on Classical Islam, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 9780691000404
  • Shepard, William E.: 0, Introducing Islam, 2nd, Routledge, London, 9780415533454
  • Wadud, Amina: 1999, Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 978019512836
  • Sonn, Tamara: 2015, Islam: History, Religion and Politics, 3rd, Blackwell, Oxford, 9781118972
  • Raudvere, Catharina: 2015, Islam: An Introduction, I. B. Tauris, London, 9781848850835
  • Juynboll, G. H. A: 1983, Muslim Tradition: Studies in Chronology, Provenance and Authorship of Early Hadith, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 978052108516
  • Ende, Werner, and Steinbach, Udo (eds): 2010, Islam in the World Today: A Handbook of Politics, Religion, Culture, and Society, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 9780801445712
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