ISL459 Islam in Politics and Society (8)

The subject provides a comprehensive study of key aspects of Islams approach to socio-political and geo-political issues. It will incorporate classical and contemporary works of scholars on matters such as the politics and governance of Prophet Muhammad and the development and implementation of the Caliphate. It will critically evaluate liberal democracy and secularism in contrast to contemporary Islam, and consider case studies of political developments in the post-colonisation period in Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan and Indonesia.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

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 in-depth understanding of Islamic principles and perspectives on socio-political issues
  • be able to discuss critically the theological and jurisprudential principles of Islam on controversial topics on global politics and social matters
  • be able to analyse critically the views of classical and modern Islamic scholars on contemporary issues such as Islamic law, democracy, secularism, social cohesion, harmony and welfare
  • be able to demonstrate independent research, organisation, written and oral communication skills


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Politics in Islam: Governance of Prophet Muhammad
  • Politics in Islam: Theological and historical perspectives
  • Politics in Islam: Caliphate, governance and law
  • Politics in Islam: Democracy and Islam
  • Politics in Islam: The modern perspective on Islamic State
  • Politics in Islam: Secularism and Islam
  • Social issues: Immigration of Muslims
  • Social issues: Islam in the West
  • Social issues: Dar al-harb (abode of war) and dar al-Islam (abode of Islam)
  • Social issues: Human rights in Islam
  • Social issues: Objectification of women's issues in politics
  • Social issues: Islam in the media

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.


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.