Undergraduate Course: Islam Past and Present: Issues of Gender and Ethics (REST10044)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will explore how scripture, theology and social realities reflect the complex and competing claims around issues of gender and ethics in Islamic thought and society. Through a variety of primary and secondary sources (in English), the course will look at select ethical themes including medical ethics and criminal law as well as the feminist and human rights debates which continue to challenge and shape Muslim societies and their understanding of spiritual and legal equality.
This course will explore how scripture, theology and social realities reflect the complex and competing claims around issues of gender and ethics in Islamic thought and society.
Through a variety of primary and secondary sources (in English), the course will look at select ethical themes including medical ethics and criminal law as well as the feminist and human rights debates which continue to challenge and shape Muslim societies and their understanding of spiritual and legal equality.
Student Learning Experience Information:
Every week, in each two hour slot, there will be a prescribed close reading in which lecturer and students explore the main arguments of the text. This is followed by student seminar presentations based on themes emerging from those readings which will demonstrate student knowledge, critical engagement and receptivity to class feedback.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Level 8 courses in Religious Studies, or Theology & Ethics, or Islamic Studies or by permission of the Course Manager.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of some of the key issues around gender and Islam and of how the relationship between law and ethics continues to be grounded in scriptural texts but influenced by contemporary human rights and scientific debates.
- Engage critically with primary and secondary sources so as to appreciate the continuing influence of the Qur'an and other classical literature on the most challenging socio-ethical debates in Muslim societies.
- Demonstrate the ability to coherently formulate in essay form two papers: one on an aspect of gender and Islam and one on a chosen theme from the ethics section, in both cases engaging critically with primary and secondary material.
- Demonstrate engagement with the prescribed reading, having discussed texts critically in seminars with other members of the class, attended and responded to lectures. Demonstrate an understanding of the complex relationship between the Qur'an, ethics and contemporary Muslim societies.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Empathy and imaginative insight, with a tolerance of diverse positions
- Capacity to modify, suspend or otherwise change position when warranted
- Awareness of the importance of contemporary media as both a study resource and a discussion medium
- Commitment to diversity
|Course organiser||Dr Omar Anchassi
Tel: (0131 6) 50 8953
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227