ISL400 Islamic Worldview and Theology (8)


This subject provides a detailed coverage of Islamic fundamental beliefs, creed, theology and worldview with particular reference to the Qur'an and hadith as primary sources. The Islamic concept of God and the understanding of human nature will be addressed, together with the creation story according to the Qur'an. The unseen world, revelation, prophethood, the Prophet Muhammad and the question of theodicy and suffering are addressed. The approach is a balance between textual basis of theology and rational argumentation.

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Session 1
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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Islamic Studies (Articulated Set)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the Islamic worldview, six essentials of belief and mainstream creedal formulations.
  • be able to analyse critically arguments and textual evidence (Qur'an and hadith) provided for the beliefs of Islam.
  • be able to discuss critically the relationship between the fundamental beliefs of Islam.
  • 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:
  • Proofs for the existence of God
  • Monotheism (tawhid) and concept of God in Islam
  • Purpose of the creation of the universe and human life
  • Creation narrative of the Qur'an
  • Human nature and its significance in the creation narrative of the Qur'an
  • Angels and the unseen world
  • Types of revelation and the previous scriptures
  • The content and compilation of the Qur'an
  • Prophethood and the Prophet Muhammad
  • Resurrection after death and afterlife
  • Divine determination (qadar) and human free will
  • Suffering, good and evil


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.