Great Texts of Islam: Qur'an and Hadith

Subject 110-211 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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: 2 x 45 min lectures (online) and 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week , 7 additional hours/week. Total of 9.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Abdullah Saeed


Professor A Saeed
Subject Overview: This subject/unit is an introduction, in English translation, to the two most important texts of Islam, the Qur'an and Prophetic Tradition (Hadith), which Muslims regard as the primary sources of Islam. Students will study: the origins of the Qur'an and Hadith; their overall structure and content; major themes; approaches to their interpretation; and their functions in Muslim religious, social and political life. The themes and topics covered should assist students in understanding contemporary debates on the relevance of Islam today. Students will also explore the relationship between text and traditions in various Muslim societies in the present day.
  • have a good understanding of the origins of the Qur’an and Hadith, their overall structure and content, major themes, approaches to their interpretation and their functions in Muslim religious and socio-political life
  • appreciate contemporary debates on the relevance of the Qur’an and Hadith today
  • be able to draw relationships between the Qur’an and Hadith with the traditions that exist in various Muslim societies in the present day
Assessment: Assessment totalling 4000 words (100%)
Prescribed Texts: Materials supplied by the Centre
  • Introduction to the Qur’an (Abdullah Saeed) London: Routledge (in press)
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • be familiar with research methods; thinking in theoretical and analytical terms;
  • communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically, confidence in self-expression;
  • understand social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness and openness to the world.
Notes: This subject will be taught online by the University of Melbourne. It is offered to students of University of Melbourne, University of Western Sydney and Griffith University. Local tutorial support will be available at all three universities. Available as a breadth subject. Students who have completed 110-211 Introduction to the Qur'an are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Arts (Islamic Studies)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Arabic Studies Major
Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies Major

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