ISL594 Islamic Studies: Methodology and Sources (16)

This subject covers those research strategies and methods of data collection most suited to the field of Islamic Studies and its sub-disciplines. It provides an overview of contexts within which enquiry is undertaken, and introduces candidates to the role and potential of research in the specific discipline of Islamic Studies in relation to contemporary issues and/or topics which intersect with social and political sciences. The subject discusses and evaluates sources which are considered essential for the various sub-disciplines of Islamic Studies. There is also focus on research traditions and paradigms relevant to the candidate's discipline, and the nature of the research process, including planning and designing a research project.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Honours)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the professional contexts within which the enquiry is undertaken
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with the role and potential of research in the field of Islamic Studies and/or its discipline areas
  • be able to demonstrate in-depth awareness of the main sources, classical and contemporary, in their chosen field of research
  • be able to critically apply knowledge gained to define and refine their proposed area of study
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and their application to the field of Islamic Studies
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the ethical issues in research and their particular relevance to Islamic Studies, including recognising the significance of consent, confidentiality and other ethical considerations in relation to research
  • be able to demonstrate the research skills and expertise necessary to prepare a Bachelors Honours dissertation or Portfolio


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The nature of social research and interdisciplinary research in Islamic studies
  • Critical thinking and reasoning
  • Research design
  • Identifying the essential sources for a set discipline within Islamic Studies
  • Conceptual framework and incorporating a relevant theory
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Mixed methods and justifying the research methodology
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Writing a social research; ethics and practice


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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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.