Special Seminar in Islamic Studies

Subject ISLM90009 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4.5 PER DAY
Total Time Commitment: 22.5 HOURS OVER 5 DAYS
Prerequisites: Admission into the fourth-year honours program or any postgraduate program in the Arts Faculty. Admission to the Master of Islamic Studies.
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Assoc Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh shahrama@unimelb.edu.au
Subject Overview:

This subject involves a series of seminars over 5 full days on a topic of contemporary or special interest in Islamic Studies. Topics will vary from year to year, depending on current events and the interests of the Distinguished Scholar who will teach it. Topics of special interest include Islamic feminism & Muslims in the West



  • develop a deeper understanding of current developments in Islam and Muslim societies
  • take part in an academic forum where students can debate issues in Islam studies
Assessment: A 5000-word research paper 100% (due end of the teaching period).
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be familiar with research methodology and able to analyse and interpret academic texts critically.
  • be able to understand social, political, historical and cultural trends in Islam.
  • be able to communicate and express one's self articulately and coherently.
  • be able to participate in team work through small group discussions.
  • be able to develop time-management skills through organized reading and submission of assignments.
  • be well-trained in academic writing in preparation of doctoral research
Notes: None.
Related Course(s): Master of Islamic Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Arabic

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