Islamic Education: Philosophy & Methods

Subject 110-561 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Islamic Studies (coursework and minor thesis)
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof A Saeed
Subject Overview: The tradition and growth of Islamic education is at the centre of this subject. Students will examine several aspects of Islamic education, including its history, its philosophical and theological bases, and its challenges in the modern period. The questions of the nature of knowledge and of its classification will be examined, in the light of the particular systems and traditions they gave rise to. Significant stages in the development of Islamic education will be surveyed, including the establishment of the madrasah system in the Abbasid period, the development of the teaching of the shari#ah sciences, and attempts at reform in the 19th and 20th centuries. Important philosophical issues in education will also be studied, including the nature of creativity, and the objectives of Islamic education. Students will further examine the contributions of major figures, such as Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Abduh, Muhammad Iqbal, Fazlur Rahman, Ismail al-Faruqi and Naquib al-Attas. In order to place these issues within a context, specific case studies in modern Islamic education will be introduced: the IAIN project of Indonesia; the International Islamic University of Malaysia; Azhar University of Cairo.
Assessment: Essay 2000 words 35 per cent (examination period), 3 hour written exam 65 per cent (end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Related Course(s): Master of Arts (International Studies)(Adv. Seminars and Shorter Thesis)

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