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HSY3140 - Faith and Power: Islam in History and Society

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Assoc.Prof.Ian Copland


Not offered in 2007


As for HSY2140


Students successfully completing HSY3140:

  1. Will have acquired a broad knowledge of the main landmarks and currents of Islamic history from the 7th to the 20th centuries;
  2. Will be familiar with the main elements of Islamic belief and ritual;
  3. Will be familiar with the major debates in the field of Islamic studies about the reasons for Islam's rise and decline from the 16th century in the face of a resurgent West, and for its 20th century renaissance, about the treatment of non-Muslims in Islamic states, and about the relationship between political and religious authority within the Islamic world;
  4. Will have developed a capacity to work effectively with others and a capacity to express ideas verbally in group situations;
  5. Will have developed considerable skills in bibliographic research, analysis, and written expression.
  6. Be capable of independently devising and executing an advanced research project in the above areas of study, based predominantly on primary sources.


Secondary source exercise(1000 words)20%;Essay (2500 words)40%; Examination (one hour)(1000 words)30%; Class participation 10%.

Contact hours

One 90-minute lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week.