Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM250: The Sovereign, the Good, and Society in Islamic Thought

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Sajjad Rizvi (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


How did Muslim thinkers over history conceive of the relationship between the individual and society, between the personal and the public, between the political and the ethical? In this module, we will analyse the historical development of political thought in Islam, with a focus on the notions of the common as well as the transcendent good, the idea of the moral sphere and its public manifestation, and the very notion of moral and public order and the provision of justice in society. We shall take the historical story all the way to present debates in Islamic political theology and discussions of justice, sovereignty and the good in the contemporary Muslim world. We draw on readings in Islamic political thought and philosophy, sociology and anthropology of the Muslim world, as well as history, ethics, Sufism, and Islamic jurisprudence.

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