ISL404 Islamic Worldview (8)

This subject introduces students to the fundamental beliefs, practices, spiritual concepts, values and perspectives that shape the Islamic worldview. It focuses on how the primary texts of Islam, the Qur'an and narrations (hadith) attributed to Prophet Muhammad, cover these themes together with the views of classical and modern Muslim scholars and theologians. In particular, the monotheism of Islam, six essentials of beliefs, five pillars of Islam and Islams views on human nature, life, universe and the Islamic response to the question of suffering are discussed. 

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL404. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Islamic view of monotheism
  • be able to articulate critically the purpose of the creation of the universe and humankind in accordance with the Islamic worldview
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Islamic religious practices and key Islamic spiritual concepts
  • be able to evaluate critically the fundamental social values of Islam
  • be able to discuss critically the fundamental beliefs, practices, spiritual concepts, values and perspectives that shape the Islamic worldview
  • be able to carry out independent research using scholarly sources in Islamic studies


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Monotheism (tawhid) and concept of God in Islam
  • Purpose of the creation of the universe and human life
  • Human nature and three facets of life
  • The unseen world
  • Prophethood, revelation, scriptures and the Qur'an
  • Analysis of the life of Prophet Muhammad
  • Suffering, good and evil
  • Religious practises
  • Key spiritual concepts
  • Fundamental social values of Islam

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.

The purpose of the residential school is to provide an opportunity for exploration of the coursework covered and assessment of student learning. In addition to content review, this part of the course aims to facilitate an interactive session between the teaching academics, students and sections of the Islamic community.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.