Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM249: Theorising Islam

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Over the course of the module students will cover the following topics:

  • Colonialist knowledge on Islam
  • The problem of Orientalism
  • Modernisms, Liberalisms and Conservatisms
  • Postcolonial approaches to the study of Islam
  • What is Islam? Some recent approaches and options
  • Gender and Sexuality in Islam: Beyond binaries
  • Race and ethnicity and the question of culture
  • Sovereignty, justice and political theology
  • Lived Islam: The arts and literary expressions
  • Decolonial Islamo-futurism
  • What are the limits of a decolonial understanding of Islam?

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 activities11Synchronous seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities22Tasks, presentations, uploading material, research
Guided Independent Study44Research and preparation for sessions
Guided Independent Study73Work towards the sessions and on assessments. Library and fieldwork

Online Resources

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