This unit provides an introduction to Islam by looking at its historical development, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the place of the Quran in Islamic life, central beliefs & practices of Muslims, as well as historical Western and Christian interactions with Islam and Muslims. Particular attention will be paid to understanding the spiritual world and daily life of Muslims in various contexts, as well as barriers and bridges that can inhibit or facilitate understanding, positive interaction and fruitful encounters with Muslim neighbours. The unit will include talks and discussions with Muslims about their faith, as well as a visit to a local Mosque.

Unit code: AR9065W (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Religious Studies

Delivery mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Outline the historical development of Islam


Outline the central beliefs and practices of Muslims


Articulate the importance of the Quran and the role of the Prophet Muhammad in Islam


Articulate popular Islamic beliefs and practices


Critique historical interactions with Muslims that have led to misunderstanding and confrontation


Articulate fruitful practices that lead to positive encounters with Muslims


Suggest possible barriers and bridges to having conversations with Muslims about matters of faith

Unit sequence

30 points in Foundational Studies


Lectures, tutorials, site visitation


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Book Review

1,000 word book report

0 10.0
Book Review

1,000 word book report

0 10.0
Project Report or Project Journal

1,500 word research project

0 30.0

2,500 word essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 28 Jul, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-06 09:15:26 +1100