Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2146: Islamic Theological Traditions

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Sajjad Rizvi (Convenor)


ARA1018 Introduction to Islam



Available via distance learning


How did and do Muslims speak about God, understand their faith, use reason and scripture to make sense of what it means to be a Muslim? This module assumes that you have a basic knowledge of Islam and will normally have done the Introduction to Islam module. It would be useful but not essential to know something about the study of theology as applied to other religious traditions as well and hence should appeal to students in theology and other social sciences as well. The module begins by asking what we mean by theology in Islam and assumes that we cannot answer that question with a simple singular answers – hence the insistence on ‘theological traditions’. We will not assume that a particular theological approach is normative but instead adopt a problem based approach – how did different Muslim thinkers understand the nature of the Qur’an, the role of the prophet, the derivation of moral values, miracles, leadership and the afterlife? The primary expectation is for you to read and reflect, and then express your understanding of these key issues and questions.

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