ASR208 - Contemporary Islam


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; 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.

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