Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The course provides students with a basic understanding of Islam. It presents the life of the Prophet Muhammad in seventh century Arabia. It provides an overview of the spread of Islam over the following centuries and the diversity that ensued. It traces the development of Islam's major texts, the Qur'an and the Sunnah, and the formulation of law. It presents the foundational deeds and creed of Islam, Islamic spirituality and how Islam is lived in daily life. It treats particular issues: the currents of Islamic revivalism from the eighteenth century onwards, the role of women in Islam, Islam in Australia, Christian-Muslim relations and the geo-political significance of Islam in the contemporary world situation.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the context, significant persons, events and in the genesis of Islam and its subsequent history;

2. Analyse the subsequent development and significance of Islam's central texts, rituals, practices, doctrines and laws;

3. Engage in constructive dialogue with Muslims in an informed, respectful and sensitive way;

4. Appreciate the role and contribution of Islam in world history and its geo-political significance in the contemporary world.

5. Demonstrate advanced writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.


This course will examine the history, theology and culture of Islam.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of RELT coded courses at first level

Assessment items

Essay: Essay 1

Essay: Essay 2

Essay: Essay 3

Online Learning Activity: 5 x Online Discussion Board