Postgraduate Module Descriptor

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

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The intention is to cover the following topics week by week:

  • Some Definitions: Political Thought, Political Theology, Political Philosophy in Global Context
  • Platonopolis: the Pursuit of the Virtuous Society
  • Aristotelian Public Ethics and the Making of the Islamic Ethical Tradition
  • Religious Philosophies and Philosophical Religions
  • The circle of justice and the akhl?q tradition
  • Mirrors for princes and statecraft
  • Sufi Public Ethics
  • Whose Sovereignty? Whose Justice?
  • Individuals and Communities
  • Squaring Divine Sovereignty between Liberals and Traditionalists
  • Intersectionality, Decolonial Islamic Studies and the Pursuit of the Good

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22Classroom seminars
Guided Independent Study66Readings and online formative tasks, preparation for classes
Guided Independent Study62Preparation for presentations and assessments (web based on ELE etc)

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).