ISL151 Islam in the Modern World (8)

This subject addresses contemporary issues facing Islam and Muslims in the modern world, from personal to public and local to international spheres. This subject sheds light on topics such as jihad, extremism and shari'ah, as well as examining heated debates about Islam and Muslims on topics like womens rights, Islamism as a political ideology and bioethical matters. Before delving into the aforementioned topics, colloquial and terminological meanings are delineated. Then the Islamic basis for the issues is provided by addressing the Quran and Sunnah. Giving historical, cultural and socio-political circumstances, issues are weighed in the contemporary local and global contexts. This subject provides well-grounded perspectives about the most debated and most controversial topics on Islam and Muslims.


Session 3 (90)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL151. 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

This subject is not available to students who have completed subject ISL451 as it is a paired subject.

Subject Relationships

ISL451 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand the impact of contemporary phenomena like modernity, postmodernity, acculturation and globalisation in the Muslim world;
  • be able to analyse the influence of contemporary issues over Muslims in the personal, local and global contexts;
  • be able to examine the Islamic basis of phenomena, issues and arguments about Islam;
  • be able to evaluate cultural and socio-political impacts on interpreting Islam, Islamic law and ethics in the contemporary world;
  • be able to develop a scholarly response to the Muslims' contemporary challenges and issues;
  • be able to provide informed views about the most debated and most controversial topics on Islam and Muslims;
  • be able to participate in and conduct an academic debate on Islam in the modern world; and
  • be able to produce a comprehensive view about the proposed subjects.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Religion and culture
  • Muslims and modern life
  • Everyday life of a Western Muslim and Muslims in Australia
  • Shari'ah: Islamic law and ethics
  • Islam in politics and society
  • Jihad and political Islam
  • Women in Islam
  • Globalisation and its impact on the Muslim world
  • Islamic perspective on life and the environment
  • Islamophobia and Islam/Muslims in media and politics
  • Radicalism and extremism
  • Interfaith dialogue and world peace

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL151 in Session 3 2020. 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
Essay outline
Take-home exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.