Caulfield Second semester 2008 (Day)
This unit examines various major trends in the contemporary Islamic world, situating them in the context of the major confrontation 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 RLM4040:
Review exercises (2000 words): 20%; Research Essay (7000 words): 70%; Seminar participation: 10%.
1 X 2 hour seminar, per week