Islam in the Contemporary World

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Islam in the Contemporary World

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Islamic Studies, Religion

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 200-level pts from the BA Schedule

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The contemporary Islamic world has a high profile in the media. This course examines what goes unreported including: 1) history and politics of Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia; 2) cultural perspectives involving women's issues and educational reform and 3) intellectual currents of democracy and human rights in Islam. 100% internal assessment.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. discuss current public debates about Islam;
    2. understand the complexity and diversity of voices in Islam, both past and present;
    3. critically engage with the issues and debates about Islam in the contemporary world found
    in scholarly literature;
    4. identify and use authoritative sources for the study of contemporary Islam;
    5. discuss competently (orally and in writing) several aspects of Islam which have been
    studied in some depth.

    2 short answer in-class tests- 15%
    1 essay- 30%
    2 essay- 30%
    1 in-class test- 25%

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