ASR208 - Contemporary Islam

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

David Tittensor





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week and 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences via CloudDeakin


Islam is often presented in the media and in some academic discourses as a monolith; a notion that has taken on increased currency since the advent of 9/11, which popularised Samuel Huntington’s ‘Clash of Civilisations’ thesis. This unit will look to dispel this misconception by introducing students to the many ‘houses’ of Islam around the world and the significant variations that abound with regards to how Islamic tradition is interpreted and applied in contemporary societies. In doing so, the unit will explore topics such as Islamic liberalism, jihad, extremism, shari’a, sectarianism, and Sufism. It will critically analyse how these concepts are incorporated into the socio-political scene in different Muslim countries and minority contexts. The unit also includes key approaches to the study of Islam.


Short Essay, 25%, 1000 words

Journal, 25%, 1000 words equivalent

Major Essay, 50%, 2000 words

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