ISL181 Sirah (Life of Prophet Muhammad) (8)

This subject discusses the life of Prophet Muhammad from multiple angles. There is a focus on his character, personality, and common misconceptions about his life and work. Various time periods of his life including pre-Islamic Arabia, early life before prophethood, the Meccan period and migration to Medina are covered. The social, diplomatic and military challenges he faced are studied. The family life of the Prophet, his spirituality, his reported miracles, social transformations during his lifetime, and dynamics that were to shape human history will be addressed.


Session 2 (60)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL181. 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 ISL481.

Subject Relationships

ISL481 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate the state of pre-Islamic Arabia;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the main events in the life of Prophet Muhammad and the unfolding of a Muslim community;
  • be able to analyse social transformations during his lifetime and relate their impact on the Muslim world today;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the family life and spiritual aspects of Prophet Muhammad;
  • be able to recognise and analyse common misconceptions about Prophet Muhammad; and
  • 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:
  • Pre-Islamic Arabia
  • His childhood and early life
  • The birth of Islam
  • Propagation of Islam in Mecca and persecution of Muslims
  • Economic and social sanctions towards Muslims
  • Migration to Medina
  • Diplomatic conflict resolutions and inevitable military confrontations
  • Treaty of Hudaybiyah and the spread of Islam in Arabia
  • Conquest of Mecca and repercussions
  • The miracles and future predictions of Prophet Muhammad
  • The spiritual aspect of Prophet Muhammad
  • The character of Prophet Muhammad
  • Family life and Prophet Muhammad
  • Clarifying misconceptions about Prophet Muhammad
  • The death of the Prophet and his legacy

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL181 in Session 2 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
Research and referencing quiz
Essay - first submission
Essay - final submission

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.