• 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
    • Zoe Davies
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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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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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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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
5293 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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