ISL568 Applied Arabic 3: Classical Texts (8)

This subject focuses on equipping students with tools that will make them independent readers of Arabic who are able to read and understand complete texts with the assistance of these tools. Readings from different fields including the classical Islamic sciences and modern Arabic literature will be covered so that students have an understanding of how Arabic is used in different contexts. This will aid students to further their studies in their particular area of interest.


Session 2 (60)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL568. 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 critically evaluate classical texts from multiple sciences using supplementary commentaries;
  • be able to compose a structured commentary on a selected non-syntax text;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced level comprehension of prose and poetry; and
  • be able to demonstrate independent reading and understanding of selected classical texts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Readings from Islamic spirituality
  • Readings from Islamic theology
  • Readings from Islamic law
  • Readings from Prophetic traditions
  • Readings from Qur'anic exegeses
  • Readings from classical and modern poetry
  • Readings from modern Arabic literature

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL568 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 %
Discussion board contributions
Take home exam

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