Postgraduate Course: Political Thought and Culture in the Formative Era of Islam (IMES11042)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||In this course we will read a number of important early Islamic texts in English translation and discuss the question of how and why Muslims came up with their various responses to questions about: authority, obedience and rebellion; justice and order; status, hierarchy and communal identity; leadership and qualification for it. We will also read some of secondary scholarship in English on early Islamic political thought and culture. No knowledge of any language other than English is required.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Be familiar with the main currents of Islamic political thought and culture in the formative and classical periods of Islam.
- Have a good understanding of some of the most important secondary literature in English on early Islamic political thought and culture.
- Have a good understanding of current debates about early Islamic political thought and culture.
- Be familiar with some early Islamic texts in English translation.
Be equipped with the critical skills to evaluate the significance of any given early Islamic text for the history of political thought and culture in Islam.
- Be able to research 1-5 in both secondary literature and primary sources in translation.
Be able to present ideas and arguments about 1-5 orally and in written form (especially as essays); be able to debate and discuss these questions with others.
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|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Marsham
Tel: (0131 6)50 9872
|Course secretary||Mrs Rhona Hajcman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3845