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ISL563 Arabic in Theology (8)


This subject will introduce students to primary theological texts written in Classical Arabic. Students will also study a selected classical text of theology in its original Arabic. The main topics covered will include divinity, Prophethood and matters related to belief.

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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Prerequisite(s)Related subject(s)
ISL466ISL502 Similar subjects in different languages

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to read and analyse classical literature related to Islamic theology in Arabic
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of the terminology, grammatical techniques and style of the theology literature
  • be able to explain the significance of Islamic theology in Arabic
  • 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:
  • Definition and Origin of Islamic theology and its literature
  • The Majority's opinion on Predestination and textual evidence used in debate
  • The texts related to Kharajites (Khawarij) and the Shia.
  • The fundamental doctrine of the Mu'tazilites and related texts
  • The doctrine of the Ash'ari and relevant texts
  • Matrudi theology and its fundamental doctrine using the classical text
  • Contemporary theology based on Said Nursi's translated Arabic work

Residential School

This subject contains a optional 2 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.
Face to face teaching is an important part of learning a language. Students will be involved in small group exercises, discussions, visual presentation and one-on-one sessions with the subject coordinator, lecturers and tutors. This will enable the students and teaching staff 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.


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.