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Undergraduate Course: Literature of the Islamic World (DIVI10044)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course looks at some of the most significant types of literary and religious output from the Islamic world.
Course description Academic Description:
The course will be based largely on the study of select primary sources in translation. These texts will range from a wide range of literary genres - scriptural, biographical, legal, political, belle-lettres and the modern short story. The course will span from the classical to the modern period.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
Each week there will be a main topic with relevant reading for class discussion and one reading which will form the basis for the student led seminar discussion. The readings are fairly short extracts but are helpfully accompanied by an introduction to the individual scholars and the theme with some further bibliographical suggestions. The readings will be in the form of a course reader available to the students.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The aim is for students to deepen their knowledge of the variety of literature in the Islamic world and the kinds of themes which occupied the writings of classical and contemporary thinkers. Their assessments are through essays and seminar presentations in which they will show evidence of a critical engagement and appreciation of the weekly reading.The student learning experience is enhanced by class engagement and seminar like discussions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Literature of the Islamic World (THET10054)
Other requirements Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: Literature of the Islamic World (THET10054)
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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understood some of the key literary styles of the Islamic world from the earliest to contemporary times and engaged critically with primary texts and by judicious use of secondary sources, learnt to appreciate the continuing importance of understanding the different genres of writing both religious and secular within the Islamic world.
  2. Deepened their knowledge of Islamic literature and the kinds of themes which occupied the writings of classical and contemporary thinkers.
  3. Enhanced class engagement through presenting to their colleagues one prepared oral seminar, participated constructively in discussion and shown ability to appreciate class and lecturer feedback to improve their written seminar.
  4. Gained a much deeper and more nuanced insight into the varying kinds of literature that reflect the Islamic world of the past and the present.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Empathy and imaginative insight, with a tolerance of diverse positions
- Capacity for reflexive learning
- Capacity to modify, suspend or otherwise change position when warranted
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
KeywordsIslam,literature,theology,politics,stories,poetry,contemporary writing
Course organiser Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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