ISL555 Contemporary Islamic Movements (16)

This subject addresses contemporary Islamic revivalism, and revivalist movements and their influence on Muslim societies. Students will critically examine the concepts of religious renewal and revival, and the notion of reform within the Islamic tradition. The subject will analyse the underlying internal and external factors that sparked the emergence of the revivalist movements. Students will examine significant revivalists from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, including their thoughts and responses to Islamic tradition, modernity and post-modernity. In addition, the subject will explore emergent religious movements in Muslim societies that have developed separate traditions and communities of their own with some global presence.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

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 a critical understanding of the development of traditional Islamic religious reform and revival
  • be able to evaluate the root causes that contributed to the emergence of puritanical movements and the shaping of their ideologies
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the development of the Islamic political movements across Asia
  • be able to demonstrate analytical skills in examining the geo-political, social, cultural and religious variables and their impact on contemporary Islamic movements
  • be able to analyse Islamic modernism and the contemporary response to modernity and post-modernity
  • be able to evaluate and discuss the root causes that contributed to the emergence and development of Islamic political and militant movements across the Muslim world
  • be able to discuss critically the narratives of the various Islamic revival movements
  • 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:
  • Religious reform, renewal and revival within the Islamic tradition
  • The emergence the puritanical movements (Muhammad ibn Abdel Wahhab and Muhammad ibn al-Shawkani)
  • The Sufi revivalism (Khalid al-Baghdadi and Muhammad ibn Ali Al-Sanusi)
  • The socio-political revival of Indian Muslims and the foundation of Pakistan (Sir Saiyd Ahmad Khan)
  • Islamic Modernism (Jamal Al-Din al-Afghani and Muhammad Abduh)
  • The emergence of political Islam or Islamism: Muslim Brotherhood
  • The emergence of Political Islam or Islamism: Hizb Ut-Tahrir (Taqiuddin al-Nabhani)
  • The Nur movement in Turkey (Said Nursi)
  • The Deobandi Islamic movement of India
  • The Tablighi Jamaat proselytizing Movement (Muhammad Ilyas al-Kanddhalwi)
  • Political Islam in subcontinent and the emergence of Jamaat-e-Islami (Abul A'la Maudidi)
  • The revivalist movements of Asia Pacific (Nahdatul Ulama, Muhammadiyah and Jammat Islamiyah)
  • Welayat-e Faqih and Puritans Shia (Khomeini, Sistani and Fadlallah)
  • The emergence of transnational Islamic movements (Hizmet Movement)
  • Islamist and militant Islamic movements
  • Islamic revivalism as a response to modernity and postmodernity
  • The role of globalisation and the emergence of Islamic revivalist groups in the West

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.

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.