Islam in the Contemporary World
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Islamic Studies, Religion
Taught In English
40 200-level pts from the BA Schedule
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
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.
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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