Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Studies In Religion and Theology
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Salih Yucel


Previously coded RLT3145


This unit will explore the textual sources of Islam, the Qur'an and hadith from Sunni, Shiite and Western points of views, as well as the notion of independent inquiry (itjihad) within Islam involved in exploring these texts. It will consider the different ways in which the Qur'an and hadith or Prophetic sayings have been interpreted as a source of understanding and implementation of Islamic jurisprudence. It will explore both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Qur'an and hadith in the Islamic world and the West. In the process, the students will develop their ability of research and analysis of sacred text and Islamic law.


By the end of this unit, students will:

  1. gain a foundational knowledge of the science of the Qur'an and hadith
  2. understand the compilation and structure of the Qur'an and the collection and ranking system of hadith
  3. be familiar with the relationship between Qur'anic exegesis, hadith interpretation and Islamic law from Sunni and Shiite point of views
  4. have analyzed contemporary discussions of the Qur'an and hadith sfrom a critical point of view
  5. have developed the ability to undertake academic research and analysis of Islam's sacred texts and law


Major essay (4000 words): 60%
Eight weekly response papers (3,200 words total): 20%
Essay Outline with bibliography (1000 words): 10%
Seminar participation (equivalent 800 words): 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

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