ISL471 Islam: Morality and Etiquette in Daily Life (8)

This subject explores the concepts of akhlaq (morality) and adab (etiquette) as the fourth dimension of Islam. It highlights the importance of their application in demonstrating human virtue and perfection. The subject commences with akhlaq and adab in the everyday life of a Muslim, followed by immediate family, and then other common relationships such as neighbours, work colleagues and friends. One's relationship with the environment, animals and worship are also covered. An important part of this subject is to study the traditional understanding of akhlaq and adab through the lens of the the Quran, Hadith and the views of the traditional scholars. The traditional understanding of each type of interpersonal relation will then be analysed critically, considering the benefits and the challenges of their application in the contemporary context.


Session 3 (90)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL471. 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 (Articulated Set)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role of religion in developing personal character.
  • be able to understand and apply critically the Islamic disciplines of akhlaq (morality) and adab (etiquette).
  • be able to articulate critically the traditional understanding of akhlaq (morality) and adab (etiquette) in various interpersonal relation settings.
  • be able to evaluate critically the application of the traditional understanding of akhlaq (morality) and adab (etiquette) in today's world.
  • 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:
  • Akhlaq (morality) and adab (etiquette) in the life of a Muslim
  • Studying and learning
  • Parents, children and relatives
  • Husband and wife
  • Neighbours and friends
  • Work environment and business transactions
  • The environment and animals
  • Religion in public space and communicating the religion
  • Worship

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL471 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 %
Engagement and participation
Essay: case scenario

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.