Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM249: Theorising Islam

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

Module Aims

The module aims to introduce students to the major theoretical debates on the study of Islam, on the nature of colonial and orientalism praxes as they have arisen, as well as elements of the theory of decolonial and reparative epistemology and praxis. From these foundations, in this module, you will learn to engage key concepts within the study of Islam that help us to make better sense of our world such as race, class, gender, sexuality, justice, sovereignty, and art. By the end of the module, you will understand and be able to apply what is meant by a decolonial study of Islam as well as the potential shortcomings that such an approach may have.

As the module will be taught online, engagement with digital media and platforms and developing a confidence in their usage will be essential.

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 knowledge and understanding of the most important approaches to the study of Islam in the field
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of what is meant by colonial, postcolonial, and decolonial approaches
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Demonstrate an ability to engage in an interdisciplinary and intersectional study of Islam through the study of gender, class, race, and sexuality among others
4. Demonstrate an ability to digest and apply postcolonial and decolonial theory to the study of Islam
Personal and Key Skills5. Demonstrate writing and oral presentation skills, group work and ability to synthesize large areas of unfamiliar reading, subjects and a selection of interpretive and methodological approaches
6. Demonstrate ability to use digital media and platforms for learning and disseminating knowledge and understanding