Postgraduate Module Descriptor


ARAM102: Islam in Practice

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

Module Aims

This core module (required for MA students in Islamic Studies) is designed to familiarise Islamic Studies MA students with (a) the full multidisciplinary range of humanistic and social science disciplines, as applied to contemporary religious life and practice, normally included in the sub-field of Islamic Studies within the larger discipline of Religious Studies (or Study of Religion); and (b) with the corresponding spectrum of religious phenomena that are normally revealed and obscured in the case of each of those complementary methodological approaches. The module assignments and exercises are intended to sensitise research students to all the integral dimensions of the phenomenology of religion (particularly in contemporary contexts), so that they will immediately be able to recognise and contextualiseâ??and eventually, to compensate forâ??the particular focuses and limitations of writings (both research and 'fiction') and other studies and expressive forms which they encounter relating to Islamic Studies. A closely related aim of this module is to familiarise future research students with the full spectrum of historical cultures, traditions, creative processes, and global transformations necessarily involved in contemporary research and writing in Islamic Studies, again so that they are able to place contemporary studies in their larger appropriate historical contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate a basic familiarity with some of the most important aspects, both theoretical and practical, of Islamic rites, rituals and the religious and mystical principles underlying them, along with an appreciation of the different phenomenological dimensions of religious life and practice normally encountered in research on contemporary Islam;
2. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the diverse cultural, historical and religious contexts within which traditional Islam applied its practices and rites, and the ways in which Muslims articulate them today;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. demonstrate familiarity with fundamental issues, approaches and challenges in a broad range of related contemporary areas of Islamic Studies;
4. demonstrate in-depth appreciation of the spiritual background and tradition underlying Muslim rites and practices;
Personal and Key Skills5. demonstrate writing and oral presentation skills and group work; and
6. synthesise large areas of unfamiliar reading and different interpretive approaches and methodologies.