Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM189: Readings in Islamic Theology and Philosophy

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15.00
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sajjad Rizvi (Convenor)



Available via distance learning


The class will be a seminar based on the critical discussion of the major themes and texts in the theological and philosophical traditions in Islam. Knowledge of Arabic is not essential – we will read the texts in their original whenever possible, or in translation. You will have a grasp of methods in the study of Islam as well as relevant background subject knowledge of Islamic studies, and/or religious studies. We will discuss the major questions relating to God-speak: how do we understand the nature of God in the Islamic traditions? How did thinkers seek to prove the existence of God? How did they make sense of human abilities and responsibilities for their actions? Even more primary questions about the nature of how we know in the Islamic traditions will also be examined.

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