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Undergraduate Course: Muslims in Britain: Migration, Faith and Identity (IMES10078)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaIslamic and Middle Eastern Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will introduce students to the diversity of Muslims and Muslim communities in Britain covering aspects of history, politics and sociology. It will focus in particular on South Asians and their descendants but will also examine other groups such as converts and the Yemenis who settled in port towns at the beginning of the twentieth century. The course is structured in a largely chronological manner, taking in 100 years of history and highlighting key events for British Muslims including the Rushdie Affair of 1989 and the London bombings of 2005. Students will become familiar with the lived experiences of Muslims in Britain as well as the public debates which surround them including issues of multiculturalism, security and Islamophobia. Consideration will also be given to the specific situation of Muslims in Scotland and how their experiences compare with their co-religionists in the rest of the UK.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the IMES Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504182, e-mail
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 30 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

¿ Summarise the main demographic features of the various Muslim communities in Britain
¿ Identify the key historical factors which led to the migration of Muslim settlers in Britain both pre and post WWII.
¿ Recognise the main theological and ideological trends which separate British Muslims and the sectarian influences within Islam in Britain.
¿ Explain how the identity of Muslims in Britain has been shaped by a range of internal and external factors and how this has developed over time
¿ Demonstrate an awareness of UK public policy debates concerning Muslims in particular multiculturalism and 'community cohesion'.
¿ Assess the impact of global events on the lives of Muslims in Britain.
Assessment Information
3 hour examination (60%)
2,500 word essay (30%)
Class presentation and participation (10%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Who are British Muslims?
2. Britain¿s first Muslims
3. Post-colonial migration and the myth of return
4. The second generation
5. The Rushdie Affair and the rise of Muslim Consciousness
6. Muslim organisations in Britain
7. Muslims and political participation in Britain
8. 9/11, 7/7 and the consequences for British Muslims
9. Gender, religious identity and youth
10. Muslims in Scotland
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Timothy Peace
Tel: (0131 6)50 4305
Course secretaryMr Paulo Nunes De Moura
Tel: (0131 6)50 4182
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