ASR208 - Contemporary Islam: Religion, Culture & Politics


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week and 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


Islam is often presented in the media and in some academic discourses as
a monolith, uniform in culture, interpretation, social practice and tradition.
This is no more true of Islam than it is Christianity or Buddhism or any other
world religion. Nevertheless, it is a notion that has taken on increased
currency since the advent of 9/11, and has been popularised in works such
as Samuel Huntington's 'Clash of Civilisations'. This unit aims 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 and counter 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.

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