Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3046: Islam, Muslims and the Environment

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Today’s ecological and climate crisis (1) - Impacts on natural systems in the Muslim world
  • Today’s ecological and climate crisis (2) - Impacts on human systems in the Muslim world
  • Approaching the field (1) - The role of social sciences and humanities in the environmental crisis
  • Approaching the field (2) – The construction of ‘Islam and the environment’ and of Muslim/’Islamicised’ environmentalisms: epistemologies, actors, strategies
  • Islam and the environment (1) - The environment and the human-environment relationship in Islam’s primary sources
  • Islam and the environment (2) - Islamic ‘environmental law’: preservation, use and conservation of natural resources (and animals)
  • Muslims and the environment (1) – Contemporary global attitudes and trends
  • Muslims and the environment (2) – Varieties of ‘Muslim environmentalisms’
  • Muslims and the environment (3) – Key initiatives and organisations
  • Muslims and the environment (4) – Religious authorities and institutions: ‘Green Shaykhs’, ‘Green Fatwas’, ‘Green Mosques’
  • Muslims and the environment (5) – Environmental sustainability in the Muslim world: past and present

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 Activities2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study44Reading for seminars
Guided Independent Study84Completion of coursework

Online Resources

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