ISL593 Islamic Theology: Classical to Contemporary Thought (16)

This subject addresses Islamic theology as the foundational discipline in Islamic faith and its intellectual discourse. Key theological topics such as existence of God, names and attributes of God; the relationship between God and humans; the scope of God's power; the efficacy of His decree; prophecy and eschatology will be studied according to the mainstream Ash'ari and Maturidi theological perspectives. This subject will also discuss the development of Islamic theology in response to historical events until the present day. Contemporary theological issues such as existence of God, evolution theory, proof of resurrection and dealing with theodicy and suffering will be critically analysed and studied in the context of the traditional and contemporary scholarship.


Session 2 (60)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL593. 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

Assumed Knowledge

The essentials of Islamic theology as taught in ISL400 Islamic Worldview and Theology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the concept of God in Islamic theology.
  • be able to discuss critically eschatological concepts in Islamic theology.
  • be able to discuss critically the major Islamic theological schools such as Ashari, Maturidi and Mutazilite.
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of Islamic theological positions on evolution theory, theodicy, proof of life after death.
  • 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:
  • Development of Islamic theology and the emergence of theological schools.
  • The emergence of the Mu'tazilites and their fundamental doctrines.
  • Concept of God according to Ash'ari and Maturidi schools of theology.
  • Divine will, decree and determination.
  • Islamic eschatology and proofs of afterlife.
  • Contemporary theological fields - existence of God, evolution theory, cause and effect, theodicy.
  • Key scholars in contemporary Islamic thought.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL593 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 %
Online quizzes
Essay 1st submission
Essay final submission
Attendance & participation

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.