ISL481 Philosophy of Prophet Muhammad's Life (Sirah) (8)

This subject discusses the life of the Prophet Muhammad, including pre-Islamic Arabia, early life before prophethood, the Meccan period, migration to Medina and the major events which took place in Medina. These events will be studied and analysed in the context of today's world, making correlations and evaluations as a result. The social transformations during his lifetime, and the dynamics that were to shape human history will also be addressed. The character and personality of Prophet Muhammad will be analysed, as well as contemporary critcisms made about the Prophet.


Session 2 (60)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL481. 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 in-depth understanding of the main events in the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the unfolding of a Muslim community.
  • be able to analyse critically the social transformations during his lifetime and their implication on the Muslim world today.
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the different roles Prophet Muhammad assumed during his life.
  • be able to evaluate critically common misconceptions about Prophet Muhammad.
  • be able to demonstrate independent research, organisation, written and oral communication skills through the presentation of a substantial work.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Arabia before Islam and the birth of Muhammad; predictions of Prophet Muhammad in the scriptures
  • His life before prophethood; religious and sociopolitical context in Arabia and the greater Middle East
  • Beginning of prophethood and the first Muslims; evidence for authenticity of his prophethood
  • Propagation of Islam in Mecca and persecution of Muslims; Muslims living as a minority
  • Economic and social sanctions towards Muslims; the Sunnah of dealing with sanctions
  • Hijrah (migration) to Medina and its significance; then and now
  • Social reforms and marriages of the Prophet
  • The Battles of Badr, Uhud and the Trench; the role of warfare and its guidelines
  • Treaty of Hudaybiya; the diplomacy of Prophet Muhammad
  • Conquest of Mecca; the spread of Islam
  • Year of deputations, Tabuk expedition
  • Farewell pilgrimage and the passing of the Prophet

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL481 in Session 2 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
Research and referencing quiz
Annotated bibliography

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.