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PLM4420 - Islam and Modernity

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Greg Barton


Caulfield Second semester 2008 (Day)


Upon completion of this unit, students will have attained an intricate and critical knowledge of the diversity of Islamic thought in relation to modernity; a profound and detailed understanding of the key issues at the heart of tensions between Islam and modernity; a deep understanding of the way Muslims in the Muslim world and Muslims in the West are affected by the ongoing tension between Islam and modernity; a critical appreciation of the way reformist Islamic thinkers have tried to deal with the question compatibility between Islam and modernity; a detailed knowledge of the common ground between Islam and modernity that is used by Islamic modernists/reformers and the analytical ability to deconstruct that argument with reference to traditional Islamic sources; a deep understanding of the broad conceptual basis of Islamic political thoughts; a detailed understanding of the Islamic reformist movement that has emerged in the West; a sophisticated level of oral presentation skills; highly developed writing skills; and developed research skills..


Essay (3000 words): 30%; Take home Exam (6000 words): 60%; Class Participation 10%

Contact hours

1 two-hour seminar



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