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Introduction to Islam

Level 4 - DT1155

This course provides an introduction to key themes in the study of Islam, a knowledge of which is essential for those wishing to gain an understanding of Islam and its cultural, social and political significance in the world today.

Topics covered

  • Islam’s beginnings
  • The role of the Prophet
  • The centrality of the Qur’an
  • Sects and schisms
  • Islam in practice
  • Islamic law
  • Islamic theological thinking
  • Philosophical traditions in Islam
  • Reformism and modernity


A two thousand word essay (40%) and a 1.5-hour seen written examination (60%).