• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Minerva Nasser-Eddine
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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Students will be presented with a general outline of the history of Islam from the seventh century to the present day. The course also examines the development of the central institutions of Islam in the context of that history. Special attention will be paid to particular developments and institutions such as: the emergence of Islam; the Qur'an and basic Islamic teachings; Islamic Jurisprudence; and political institutions (e.g. the Caliphate), which have influenced the modern political debate in Muslim communities in the Middle East and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of significant dates and events in Islamic history.
  2. Reflect on and discuss the ways in which Muslims have interacted over time with other Muslims, on the one hand, and non-Muslims, on the other.
  3. Analyse critical debates about, and schools of thought on, the meaning of key elements of the faith, such as the Qur'an and Prophet, pilgrimage, Islamic law, and the caliphate.
  4. Develop an awareness of the interaction between doctrine and context in the understanding of Islam as a faith and a social force.
  5. Participate in discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.

Indicative Assessment

One 2,000 word essay (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1- 4]

End of semester examination (2 hours) (40%) [Learning Outcomes1-4]

Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

Group Assignment (up to 1000 words per group participant) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

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1x 2 hour lecture and 1x1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks, and an additional 7 hours per week private study.


Students are expected to spend an average of seven hours per week – outside of direct contact hours – preparing for tutorials, discussing, researching & writing the group assignment and essay, and preparing for the course exam.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MEAS2104.

Prescribed Texts

There is no set textbook for this course. Readings for each week will be supplied via Wattle.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7456 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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