Maturidi - Specialist Islamic Modern Thought

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Specialist Module - Islamic Modern Thought
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Unit Title: Islamic Modern Thought
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Taught by: Dr Alhagi Manta Drammeh
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Islamic studies has generally been approached from either traditional faith-seeking perspectives or the so-called Orientalist perspectives. The uniqueness of the new course is the synthesis of the strengths of both approaches. The need for this course is therefore to encourage the expansion of the study of Islam as an academic discipline, to provide an educational context for the Western world to acquire deeper knowledge of Muslim civilisations and the changes affecting the Muslim world in terms of politics, economics, social structure and issues and to encourage critical thinking and analysis in the study of Islam and Muslims. Students will be introduced to concepts such as Islam and modernity, Islam and human rights, Islam and secularism, combating extremism, moderation in Islam (wasatiyyah) and political Islam.

Course Aims

This course aims to achieve the following among others:

  • To examine contemporary Muslims’ trends and their approaches to the challenges of modernity
  • To critically investigate some complex terms such as jihad and shariah
  • To explore the comprehensive concept of Jihad and human rights,
  • To examine analytically pluralism in Islam in Islamic thought

The course will critically examine the following:

  1. Understanding Islam
  2. Approaches to Islamic studies: Orientalism, traditionalism
  3. Islam and modernity
  4. Islamic responses to secularism
  5. Islam and humanism
  6. Islamic notion of human rights
  7. Combating extremism in Islam (al-Ghluww)
  8. Islamic notion of moderation (wasatiyyah)
  9. Reason and revelation in Islam 1
  10. Reason and revelation in Islam 2
  11. Islam and Multiculturalism
  12. Concluding Remarks and reflections

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, the students would be able to:

  • understand the theoretical and conceptual issues related to Islamic thought
  • demonstrate a deep understanding of the main trends in modern Islamic thought
  • Study critically the important schools within Islam and modernity
  • Enable students to make critical comparative analysis
  • Demonstrate enhanced written and presentational skills

The course will examine the following topics:

  1. Understanding the Qur’an
  2. Compilation of the Qur’an
  3. Approaches to Qur’anic exegesis (manahij al-tafsir)
  4. Occasions of revelation (asbab al-Nuzul)
  5. Division of the Qur’an into Makki and Madani and their characteristics
  6. Content of the Qur’an 1
  7. Content of the Qur’an 2
  8. Content of the Qur’an 3
  9. Inimitability of the Qur’an (I’jaz al-Qur’an)
  10. Modern/contemporary approaches to the Qur’an 1
  11. Modern/contemporary approaches to the Qur’an 2
  12. Concluding Remarks and reflections

Transferable Skills

  1. Structure and the ability to communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing
  2. Participate constructively in group discussions and work independently;
  3. Present sound written and oral argument and provide personal views on the different themes of the course
  4. Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively,



  • Enrolment Deadline: October 2019
  • Course Start Date: October 2019


  1. Please refer to Calendar for all dates.
  2. The course is live and scheduled for _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (UK Time). Duration _ _ _ _ _.
  3. Recordings will be available to view after the lesson on the same day and can viewed in your own time for flexible learning. Please allow 24 hours for uploading before contacting admin support.


  1. Course is taught online
  2. Once you have enrolled you can access the course direct through your account on Braincert or through
  3. For online recorded course, please click on take course from the course page and you can view the lessons. Please note lessons will need to be completed in a sequence and after each lesson you will need to mark it as learned on the page before moving onto the next lesson.
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The students will be assessed on one piece of written assignment around the topics of the course or in consultation with the Lecturer (3500-5000 words).

Guidelines to Academic Essay Writing

Explain why this question is important in your introduction (about 500 words). If you feel this question is not important, you may also express this and give explanations why. The introduction might also be the place to explain which topics you are focusing on and why.

Many students make the mistake of providing too many unnecessary details in the introduction or making the essay in general more a description of the topic, rather than answering the question. Bear in mind that essay questions are often phrased in an ambiguous way, not only to test the student’s understanding, but also to provide opportunities for a wide range of answers. Read the question carefully, and ask yourself what it is asking, or whether there is more than one way to read it. You may select one preferred way of reading the question, even there are other alternatives, although it is worth mentioning this in the introduction.

An excellent essay will draw on at least three papers and two books on relevant topics, while also bringing in some examples from primary sources in translation. The argument should be clearly articulated, and well-structured (introduction, interconnected main arguments, conclusion), well-referenced in accordance with the Chicago Humanities style system (footnotes), contain a bibliography,and contain minimal mistakes in spelling and grammar.


Waston, C.W. (2000) Multiculturalism. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Parekh, Bhikhu. (2006) Rethinking Multiculturalism. New York and Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan
Moddod, Tariq. (2007) Multiculturalism. Cambridge: Polity
Naim, Abdullah and Baderin, Mashood A. (2010) Islam and Human Rights. Surrey: Ashgate
Mayer, Elizabeth. (1997) Islam Human Rights. Colorado and Oxford: Westview

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