ISL451 Islam in the Modern World (8)

This subject addresses contemporary issues facing Islam and Muslims in the modern life from personal to public and local to international spheres. It sheds light on controversial topics like jihad, extremism, fundemantalism and shari'ah; examines the significant debates around Islam and Muslims such as women rights, Islamism as a political ideology and bioethical discussions; and explores Muslims' experience in living Islam under current local and global circumstances. The subject approaches these topics by delineating and clarifying colloquial and terminological meanings of key concepts and provides the Islamic bases of the issues in reference to the Quran and Sunnah. Giving historical, cultural and socio-political circumstances and perspectives of modern scholarship, issues are weighed in the contemporary local and global contexts.


Session 3 (90)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL451. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Islamic Studies (Articulated Set)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the impact of contemporary phenomena such as modernity, postmodernity, acculturation and globalisation in the Muslim world.
  • be able to analyse critically the influence of contemporary issues over Muslims in personal, local and global contexts.
  • be able to critically analyse phenomena, issues and arguments about Islam and respond from an Islamic framework.
  • be able to evaluate critically cultural and socio-political impacts on interpreting Islam, Islamic law and ethics in the contemporary world.
  • be able to develop a scholarly response to contemporary challenges and issues around Islam and Muslims.
  • be able to participate in and conduct an academic debate on Islam in the modern world.
  • be able to relate critically between individual issues and develop a comprehensive perspective.
  • be able to demonstrate independent research and writing skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Modernity, Postmodernity and Muslim Response
  • Globalisation and Islamic Revival
  • Religion and Culture
  • Women in Islam
  • Women and the Veil (tasattur)
  • Islam, Democracy and Politics
  • Islam in Society
  • Jihad Untangled
  • Terrorism and Extremism
  • Islam in Interfaith Dialogue and World Peace
  • Ethics and Morals
  • Islam in the Everyday Life of a Muslim

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL451 in Session 3 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Participation and engagement
Annotated bibliography
Take home exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.