What is the course about?
The course is about exploring Muslim history: What is Islam? Who is a Muslim? Explore these questions through a study of the Quran, the Prophet and the socio-political and religious developments in the early history of Muslims. You may discover that there is more than meets the eye.
What will we cover?
From claims of being the solution to today’s problems to allegations of fanning terrorism, Islam remains an important part of public discourse around the world. For those interested in going beyond the shallow debates and portrayals by knockers and boosters of Islam, this course will provide a well-rounded introduction to aspects of early Muslim history such as the Quran, the Prophet and the socio-political and religious developments in the first hundred years of Muslim history. The continued relevance of this phase for Muslims today will be discussed to shed some light on contemporary issues and debates.
Please note there is one further Saturday class which will focus specifically on contemporary Muslim societies.
HH133 Hope and History: Exploring contemporary Muslim Societies. (this can be found in the history section of the prospectus).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify key aspects and diversity of Muslim history, culture and religious beliefs
- comment on their continued relevance today.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our religious studies, history and current affairs courses, curiosity, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lecture, discussion, videos, slides.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. Please bring a pen and paper if you wish to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For more details of other courses available in religious studies, please visit our website at www.citylit.ac.uk.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details