• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Islam in South Asia: celebrating diversity and exploring issues (ASIA3164)

Half the world's Muslims live in South Asia. Three of the worlds biggest Muslim population - India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - are in our study region.  The latter two, in particular, are sites of major social instability and security concern. The security and welfare of  South Asia, and by implication, much of the rest of the world including Australia, will depend largely on the future trajectories of these states. Better understanding of Islam in South Asia is essential if we are to make the most of the challenges and opportunities it presents.

The objective of this course is the study of Islam, Muslims and Muslim society in the South Asian environment, with a focus on contemporary trends and issues. Since the 19th century, there has been a tendency for commentators to treat Islam in South Asia (and indeed globally) as a monolithic religious, social and historical phenomenon.  This course will challenge these preconceptions. The reality is that Islam in South Asia- as elsewhere in the world - takes many different forms. We will begins with a historical outline of Islam in South Asia as this provides the key to understanding the challenges we face today.

In recognition of the heavy study and work loads bourne by many students, this course will be flexibly delivered. The facilititors will provide a comprehensive, supportive online framework to enable student-focussed learning. Students will be free to learn through exploration of a wide range of historical, literary and theoretical texts and document.

This course will be taught collaboratively by Dr McComas Taylor and Dr Rizwan Hussain.

Indicative Assessment

Weekly learning tasks (70%)

1. Theory reading (10%)

2. Mind-map (10%)

3.'Living account' - literary reading (10%)

4. Literary response (10%)

5. 'Read and respond' - peer assessment and review (10%)

6. 90-minute workshop (10%)

7. 'Famous Last Words' - academic journal entry (10%)

Substantial Creative project (30%)

Many include essay, website, creative writing, audio-visual presentation, etc.,
to be determined in consultation with facilitators.

A higher standard of achievement in the final project will be expected from undergraduate students than for students taking the cognate course at postgraduate level. 

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Flexible delivery - ninty minute weekly workshop (with option for remote delivery), balance online

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 84 Units of courses.

Preliminary Reading

Jackie Assayag. 2004. At the Confluence of Two Rivers. Muslims and Hindus in South India. Manohar, New Delhi.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

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 $2190
2005 $2190
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 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
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