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Undergraduate Course: Islam Through the Arts (IMES10074)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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 in various time periods as well as 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 new to the field and wishing to acquire an understanding of Islam.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Before enrolling students on this course, you are asked to contact the IMES Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504182, e-mail
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 courses in a suitable subject area 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
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Time-limited assignments (2000-word Essay) : 40%
Coursework (Seminar Presentation, Group Presentation, Essay outline, 2000-word Essay): 60%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify the main artistic expressions within the Middle East
  2. Evaluate and Critique the main relevant literature on art and Islam
  3. Develop an understanding of the diversity of Muslim expressions of Islam and their arts
  4. Engage critically with the arts and and conduct independant research related to the topics and themes of this module
  5. Demonstrate advanced awareness of the influence of Islam on the arts and apply knowledge gained on the course elsewhere.
Reading List
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.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsIslam,arts,Middle Eastern art,islamic art,calligraphy,miniature painting,film
Course organiserProf Nacim Pak-Shiraz
Tel: (0131 6)50 8432
Course secretaryMr Iain Harrison
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