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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Postgraduate Course: Reading Islam through the Arts (IMES11050)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaIslamic and Middle Eastern Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will provide an overview of some of the artistic expressions of Muslims. We will study examples of literature, calligraphy, architecture, painting, drama and film covering both the classical period as well as contemporary Muslim societies. These case studies will provide us with an understanding of Islam as practiced and expressed by Muslims over different time periods as well as an engagement of some of the fundamental concepts of their faith. The course does not require a prior knowledge of Islam and is appropriate for both those who are studying Islamic Studies and those wishing to acquire an understanding of Islam. There will be some requirement for students to get involved in the production of artistic pieces themselves, though this does not require them to have any prior skills in the fields in which they will experiment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- To demonstrate a knowledge of some of the key principles of the Islamic faith;
- Reflect on the diversity of Muslim expressions
- Develop an understanding and appreciation for the arts within the Muslim world.
- Engage critically with academic literature and research related to the topics and themes of this course;
Assessment Information
3000-word essay (65%)
Minor assignment with a total of 2000-words (25%)
Class presentation (10%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list On average three readings will be assigned each week as required reading. There is a longer reading list for each week from which students are expected to draw for their written work, as well as being encouraged to explore more widely.

Renard, J, (1996) Seven Doors to Islam: spirituality and the religious life of Muslims University of California Press.

Cragg, K, (1988) Readings in the Qur¿an: Selected and Translated with an Introductory Essay, Collins.

Sells, M, (1999) Approaching the Qur¿an : the Early Revelations, White Cloud Press.

Nasr, S. H, (1987) Islamic Art and Spirituality, Golgonooza Press.

Bowen, D. L and A Evelyn, (1993) Everyday life in the Muslim Middle East, Indiana University Press.

Bowen, J R, (1993) Muslims Through Discourse: Religion and Ritual in Gayo Society, Princeton University Press.

Schimmel. A (1982) As through a Veil: Mystical Poetry in Islam, Columbia University Press.

Seguy, M. R. (1977) The miraculous journey of Mahomet: Mirâj nâmeh, Bibliothèque nationale, Paris (Manuscrit supplément Turc 190), G. Braziller.

Chelkowski, P.J (1976) Ta¿ziyeh: Ritual and Drama in Iran, New York University Press.

Schubel. V J (1993) Religious Performance in Contemporary Islam: Shi¿i Devotional Rituals in South Asia, University of South Carolina Press.

Sperl, S. and C. Shackel (1996) Qasida Poetry in Islamic Asia and Africa, Brill.

Schimmel. A. (1990) Calligraphy and Islamic Culture, Tauris.

Schimmel. A. (1994) Deciphering the signs of God: A phenomenological Approach to Islam, Edinburgh University Press.

Schimmel. A. (1970) Islamic Calligraphy, Brill.

Blair, Sheila (2006) Islamic Calligraphy, Edinburgh University Press.

Ernst, C. (1997) The Shambhala Guide to Sufism, Shambhala Publications.

Safadi Y H. (1978) Islamic Calligraphy, Thames and Hudson.

Ahmad, R (1991) We sinful women: Contemporary Urdu Feminist Poetry, Women's Press.

Mitchell, T (2001) Global Noise: Rap and Hip Hop Outside the USA, Wesleyan University Press.

Gray, E (1995) The Green Sea Of Heaven, White Cloud Press.

De Bruijn, J.T. P. (1997) Persian Sufi Poetry: An Introduction To The Mystical Use Of Classical Persian Poems, Curzon.

Schimmel, A. (1987) Islam An Introduction, State University of New York Press.

In addition to the resources available in the library, students will find relevant material in a wide range of journals (available electronically) including, but not limited to: International Journal of Middle East Studies. Middle East Studies, The British Journal of Middle East Studies (BRISMES), , Iranian Studies, Israel Studies Journal, Journal of Palestine Studies, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Policy, Middle East Report (MERIP), Middle East Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, The Middle East Journal, Turkish Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Nacim Pak-Shiraz
Tel: (0131 6)50 8432
Course secretaryMrs Rhona Hajcman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3846
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