ISL312 Religious Service and Community Leadership (8)

This subject examines the concept of religious leadership from an Islamic perspective, taking the theological, spiritual, ethical, psychological and sociological aspects of leadership into consideration. It also takes into account the changing dynamics for Muslims in contemporary times and seeks to develop skills to deal with these changes in a constructive and proactive manner. The essential qualities required from a Muslim leader, particularly religious leaders, are covered, including theological reflection, ethics, spirituality, worship, welfare, education and social justice.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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 ability to communicate Islam in a relevant and applicable manner to members of the Australian community;
  • be able to lead the Australian Muslims in the communal practices of Islam;
  • be able to analyse critically models of Islamic organisations and their management in a changing world;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of establishing intercultural and interfaith relations with members of the wider community;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the different Islamic thoughts and views held within the Muslim community; and
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of Australian society.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Importance of community in Islam
  • Principles of serving in Islam
  • Moral and legal responsibility of religious leaders
  • Fundamentals of human psychology from an Islamic perspective
  • Counselling and mentoring
  • Introduction to Australian Muslims and society
  • Interfaith and intercultural relations
  • Principles of effective leadership in Islam
  • Rhetoric and communication
  • Understanding of mosque environment and congregational diversity
  • Leading congregational prayers, eid prayer, Jum'ah (Friday) prayer and janazah (funeral) prayer
  • Responding to religious questions

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL312 in Session 3 2018. 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 %
Religious talk
Memorisation and supplications
Research project
Participation and engagement

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.