ISL412 Religious and Communal Leadership in Modern Society (8)

This subject examines the practice of religious and communal leadership, pastoral care and dynamics of human and communal interactions of Islam with individuals and community. It addresses Islam's role in the lives of individuals and specific communal settings, taking in consideration the theological, spiritual, ethical, psychological and sociological aspects of leadership in those contexts. It also takes into account the changing dynamics for Muslims in contemporary times and seeks to develop approaches and skills to deal with these changes in a constructive and proactive manner. The essential qualities required from a Muslim religious leader are covered, including theological reflection, ethics, spirituality, worship, welfare, education and social justice.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 3 (90)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL412. 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

Assumed Knowledge

The foundational principles of Islamic jurisprudence.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate skills to communicate Islam in a relevant and applicable manner to members of the community.
  • be able to demonstate leadership skills as needed for the communal practices of Islam.
  • be able to discuss and analyse critically models of mosque management in a changing world.
  • be able to understand and apply critically intercultural and interfaith relations with members of the wider community.
  • be able to demonstate and in-depth understanding and capacity to manage the different Islamic thoughts and views held within the Muslim community.
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of law and society of the local setting.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Importance of community in Islam
  • Principles of serving in Islam
  • Moral and legal responsibility of religious leaders
  • Fundamentals of human psychology from an Islamic perspective
  • Counselling and mentoring
  • Introduction to Australian law and society
  • Interfaith and intercultural relations
  • Principles of effective leadership in Islam
  • Rhetoric and communication
  • Understanding of mosque environment and congregational diversity
  • Leading congregational prayers, eid prayer, Jum'ah (Friday) prayer and janazah (funeral) prayer
  • Responding to religious questions


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.