Faculty of Arts
12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Previously coded RLT4040
This unit examines various major trends in the contemporary Islamic world, situating them in the context of the major tension of Islam with modernity, in North Africa, Turkey, India, and other parts of the Islamic world. Consideration will be given both to movements demanding strict implementation of traditional sources of authority and to contextualist schools of thought concerned with interpreting Islamic principles within evolving socio-economic conditions. The impact of socialism, feminism, secularism and concern with human rights on a range of contemporary Islamic thinkers will be studied, both within a range of traditionally Islamic countries, and among Muslims within the West.
Students successfully completing RLTM4040:
Ten weekly response papers (400-500 words each week): 20%
one two hour seminar, weekly