Researching Islam and Muslim Societies

Subject 110-486 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Taught Intensively between 3 - 11 March 2008
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma (Islamic Studies), the Master of Arts (Asian Societies) or permission of the subject coordinator
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Recommended Background Knowledge: .
Non Allowed Subjects: .
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Dr Muhammad Kamal
Subject Overview:

This subject is taught in English and deals with advanced studies in Islamic primary sources and methods of research in Islamic studies. It will cover issues such as the early development of main areas of Islamic studies; important primary sources of Islam; the methodologies followed in selected Shari'ah related areas of study; strengths and weaknesses in the so-called 'traditional' and 'modern' methods of research in Islamic studies; and the current state of research in selected areas of Islamic studies. Students will also undertake a small scale research project in Islamic studies and present the results in writing.

Assessment: An essay of 5000 words (100%) due at the end of semester
Prescribed Texts: Materials prepared by the Institute.
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have an ability to evaluate research and professional literature concerning Islamic Studies;

  • have an ability to evaluate different methodological approaches to social and intellectual problems;

  • have an appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of research.


Previously available as 110-584 Researching Islam and Muslim Societies. Students who have completed 110-584 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. Subject will be taught intensively between 3rd anf 11th March 2008.

Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Islamic Studies)

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