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Undergraduate Course: Martyrs, virgins, and hell's angels: Islamic eschatology in context (REST10031)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaReligious Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionIslamic eschatology has an ongoing, perhaps even increasing, relevance in Muslim religious thought and practice. This course charts the evolution of Muslim ideas about the apocalypse and the hereafter, addressing important issues such as Muslim messianism, the perceived sensuality of the Muslim Paradise (whether real or as an Orientalist construct), spiritual (Sufi) visions of Paradise and Hell, and the question of grave sins and uncertainty of salvation in Muslim theology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Course reader, approx 10
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIntroduction to Islam, or with the permission of the course organiser.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will have learned to distinguish between different kinds of eschatological thought in Islam and locate them in their historical and social context. On the basis of an enhanced understanding and appreciation of Muslim eschatological teachings, they will have gained a critical distance vis--vis attempts to essentialize the Islamic tradition, in particular its notions of the apocalypse and hereafter.
Assessment Information
Seminar presentation and participation (10%), written assignments (30%), degree examination (60%).
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsIslam, eschatology, apocalypse, martyrdom, messianism, Islamic theology, Sufism.
Contacts
Course organiserDr Christian Lange
Tel: (0131 6)50 8781
Email: c.lange@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Paula Kruyff
Tel: (0131 6)5
Email: Paula.Kruyff@ed.ac.uk
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