ISL515 Islamic Chaplaincy (16)

This subject is designed to educate and train students to provide pastoral care in the community setting. It explores both theoretical and applied aspects of clinical pastoral education. It is located at the intersection of Islamic theology of caring, grief and loss. The subject emphasises multidimensional assessments and the different applications of spiritual, therapeutic, supportive and educational strategies for individuals.

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 reflect critically on the relational dynamics occurring in pastoral conversations;
  • be able to employ a variety of pastoral interventions including empathy;
  • be able to articulate and work within the boundaries of Islamic chaplaincy role;
  • be able to critically discuss Islamic concepts related to suffering, sickness, loneliness, grief and loss;
  • be able to critically discuss various practical perspectives of spiritual care and its place in relation to Islamic disciplines, including tafsir (Qur'anic exegesis), fiqh (jurisprudence), philosophy, ethics and Islamic spirituality; and
  • be able to explain spiritual care in Islam and use a variety of methods and sources for spiritual care.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The theology of Islamic chaplaincy services
  • Key principles of Islamic chaplaincy services
  • Appropriate use of spiritual resources such as prayer, recitation of the Qur'an and dhikr (remembrance of God) for Muslim patients
  • Emotional, spiritual and social needs of Muslim patients
  • Supplications, prayers and dhikr (remembrance of God) for the spiritual needs of Muslim patients
  • The spiritual and emotional needs of Muslim youth
  • The spiritual and emotional needs of Muslim inmates
  • General spiritual and emotional support for the community during grief, loss and disasters
  • Self-care of a chaplain

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

There will be a 5 day residential where students will engage in practical activities relating to this subject with experiential activities, role plays, self-awareness exercises and self-reflective tasks alongside the discussion and integration of theoretical and theological material.

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.