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Undergraduate Course: Literature of the Islamic World (THET10054)

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 areaTheology and Ethics Other subject areaReligious Studies
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course looks at some of the most significant types of literary and religious output from the Islamic world.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Some prior knowledge of Islam or Islamic history is desirable.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, a student will have:
- understood some of the key literary styles of the Islamic world from the earliest to contemporary times;
- engaged critically with primary texts and by judicious use of secondary sources, learnt to appreciate the continuing importance of understanding the different genres of writing both religious and secular within the Islamic world;
- deepened their knowledge of Islamic literature and the kinds of themes which occupied the writings of classical and contemporary thinkers. They will have submitted one short (500 word piece) half way through the course to assess their writing skills although this will not form part of the formal assessment. They will also have submitted two essays (35% and 45% respectively) and one seminar presentation (20% of overall assessment);
- enhanced class engagement through presenting to their colleagues one prepared oral seminar, participated constructively in discussion and shown ability to appreciate class and lecturer feedback to improve their written seminar;
- gained a much deeper and more nuanced insight into the varying kinds of literature that reflect the Islamic world of the past and the present.
Assessment Information
Two Class essays - 80%
One seminar presentation - 20%

Essay 1 - 35%. A 3000 word essay from a choice of essay titles based on the themes from weeks 1-6; submission date Monday of Week 8.
Essay 2 - 45%. A 3500-4000 word essay from a choice of essays based on the themes from weeks 7-11 including 2 essay titles of a more general nature reflecting the course overall. The second essay will carry a higher percentage of marks on the basis that students will be further along in their course with respect to their reading and essay writing skills. Submission date Monday of Week 1 of the Examination diet. By the submission date for the second essay, students will have already received feedback on their first essay and on one short piece of written work (not formally assessed).

Seminar - 20%.
Each student will be expected to deliver a seminar presentation on a class reading and subsequently submit it in written form. Students will be informed at the outset that marks for this section of the course will be awarded for general and consistent class participation; this will ensure that all the students come to the class having prepared their readings.
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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, literature, theology, politics, stories, poetry and contemporary writing.
Course organiserProf Mona Siddiqui
Course secretaryMs Paula Kruyff
Tel: (0131 6)5
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