• 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
    • Dr Mohammed Alsudairi
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

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:

  1. critically think about the debates connected to Islam and the Muslim world and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and biases of these arguments;

  2. evaluate and utilize a wide variety of sources and collections concerning the study of Islam and the Muslim world; and
  3. communicate well-reasoned analysis and to engage the arguments of others, both in writing and verbally.

Other Information

This course is listed in the following major and minors:

Arabic Major - ANU

Asian History Minor - ANU

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Major - ANU

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Minor - ANU

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research essay (3000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Critical analysis task (1000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Class presentation (10-15 minutes) (20) [LO 1,2,3]

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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.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
7194 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View
9298 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online View

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