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ISL150 Muslims In Australia: Faith And Practice (8)


This course examines Islam as a faith tradition within a brief historic context from its emergence in the 7th Century through its worldwide diffusion to modern Muslim societies and Islam in Australia. In particular, the course looks at fundamental beliefs and practices of Islam; core texts, the Qur'an and prophetic narratives; the mystic traditions in Sufism; Muslim responses to modernity; revival of Islam in the 19th century till today; the Sunni and Shiite orientations; contemporary issues such as jihad, status of women, relations with people of other faiths; finally the migration and development of Muslims in Australia.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLCentre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to understand the fundamental belief systems of Islam;
- be able to explore the key elements in the historical development of Muslim societies
- be able to critically examine the contemporary Muslim world and its current issues
- be able to gain personal insight to the historic and contemporary events relating to the Muslim world
- be able to demonstrate independent research, organisation, written and oral communication skills through the presentation of a substantial work.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Week 1 - Module 1: Muslims in Australia
Islam in Australia
Migration process and identity
Current issues

Week 2 - Model 2: Arabia Before Islam
Overview of the Unit
Land, Language and Life
Economic and political environment
The Prophet Muhammad

Week 3 - Module 3: Revelation
Early Revelation
The Forms of Revelation
Message and Messenger
The Collection of the Qur'an

Week 4 - Module 4: The Qur'an and Hadith
Dynamics and literary structures
Main Themes in the Qur'an and Hadith
Authority and Status

Week 5 -Module 5: Formation of Muslim Community
Migration to Medina
Establishing a Muslim State
Relations with Jews and Christians
The Content of the Medinan Pact

Week 6 -Module 6: Muslim Caliphates
Death of the Prophet and Subsequent Challenges
Emergence of politico-religious factions
The Period of Four Caliphates
Umayyad and Abbasid
Sunnis, Kharijis and Shiites

Week 7 -Module 7: Various Muslim States
Muslims in Spain
North Africa
Seljuqis and Ottoman and Confrontation with Europe
Muslims in India

Weeks 8&9 - Module 8&9: Fundamentals of Islamic Belief& Religious Practices of Islam
Unity of God
Belief in Angels
Belief in the Scriptures
Belief in the Prophets
Belief in the Day of Judgement
Belief in Destiny (Qadar)
Daily Prayer
Hajj (Pilgrimage)
Zakah (Almsgiving)

Week 10 - Module 10: Sufism (Mysticism)
Spirituality in Islam
Origin of Sufism
Main Concepts
Important Figures

Week 11 - Module 11: Islamic Revival
Modern Challenges
Muslims' response to Modernity
Islamic Law and Changes
Modern Muslim Intellectuals

Week 12 - Module 12: Current Issues
Islam and Pluralism
Islam and People of the Book
Islam and the Status of Women

Residential School

This subject contains a optional 3 day residential school. The purpose of the optional residential school is to provide an opportunity for exploration of the overall coursework covered. In addition to content review, this part of the course aims to facilitate an interactive session between the teaching academics and students.

Students will be involved in small group discussion, lectures, visual presentations and one-on-one sessions with the subject coordinator and lecturers to address any issues that may arise. Material and summary content covered in this session will be a valuable contribution towards the major assessment tasks.  Students unable to attend the optional residential school will be provided with an alternate assessment.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.