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Archived Version 2018 - 2019

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will engage with the Islamic encounter with and response to the phenomenon of modernity. The concept of modernity is, itself, a contested one – which some consider privileges Western industrialised societies – and as part of the module students will reflect on the ways in which Western scholarship has constructed Islam and Muslims. A range of Islamic responses to modernity will be examined through a close reading of selections from the writings of a number of Muslim thinkers, scholars, jurisprudents and theologians. The module will also demonstrate how Islam is not a monolithic homogeneous entity, but one that accommodates varied theological positions and tendencies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the contested nature of the concept of modernity, particularly in relation to non-European societies
2. Describe in detail a number of diverse Islamic responses to the advent of modernity
3. Problematise Eurocentric scholarship and models of Islam and modernity
4. Analyse and engage with key primary texts from Muslim thinkers

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

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

Indicative Content
Introduction to Islam, Fiqh and Kalām, What is Modernity? Historical Contexts; the decline of the Ottoman Empire A Revivalist Movement – Wahhābism Ṭahṭāwī, Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī and Muḥammad ‘Abduh Ḥasan al-Bannā and the Muslim Brotherhood Abul A‘la Maududi and the Jamaat-e-Islami Sayyid Quṭb and Takfīrism Ayatollah Khomeini and Vilayet-e Faqih Tariq Ramadan and Western Islam Amina Wadud and Islamic Feminism

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • William Shepard: 2009, Introducing Islam, Routledge, Abingdon: Routledge, 2009,
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