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Undergraduate Course: Islam and the challenge of modernity: critical issues in sharia law (REST10032)

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 descriptionThis course seeks to study issues of compatability between shari?a and modern ideas (such as democracy, human rights, and pluralism) in a theoretically informed and historically contextualized fashion. The course thus seeks to assess the prospects of a peaceful and mutually enriching co-existence of Muslims and Westerners, both with regard to the situation of Muslims living in the West and to the Muslim-Western encounter on the international stage.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Religion 2A: Making Sense of Religion: Phenomenological, Historical and Cultural Approaches to the Study of Religion (REST08008) AND Religion 2B: Religion and Society: Social Scientific Approaches to the Study of Religions (REST08007)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements In addition, students should have taken at least one further course in Islamic Studies, or see the permission of the Course Manager.
Additional Costs Course reader approx 10
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
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be equipped to engage in a critical dialogue about the relevance and applicability of shari?a in the modern world. They will have gained an understanding of the historical conditions that gave rise to the perceived opposition between shari?a and modernity. In addition, they will have learned to master basic categories of legal thinking in the Islamic tradition, which will enable them to participate in an informed conversation about the challenges faced by shari?a-minded Muslims living in the West and beyond.
Assessment Information
Seminar presentation and participation (15%), written assignments (25%), 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
KeywordsIslamCM
Contacts
Course organiserDr Hannah Holtschneider
Tel: (0131 6)50 8933
Email: H.Holtschneider@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Paula Kruyff
Tel: (0131 6)5
Email: Paula.Kruyff@ed.ac.uk
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