The course addresses issues relevant to the various roles which Muslim nations and communities have been increasingly playing in the modern world at political, economic, diplomatic, doctrinal, and other levels. The course distinguishes itself from others in the field by highlighting these issues within a broad contemporary and dynamic framework. Its holistic and integrative approach, combining theoretical and practical methodologies, will further distinguish it from more traditional approaches steeped in theology, history or Middle Eastern studies. With its emphasis on modern and practical realities, this course challenges and engages with diplomatic issues and conflict resolution techniques.
In view of the profile Islamic issues have been assuming in world affairs, the course will be useful if you want to do Islamic studies in the UK, benefiting from the historical British engagement with the Arab and Muslim world as well as from London’s central location and unique and well-publicised research facilities.
Islam and International Security
Islamic Culture and Civilisation Islam and Interfaith Dialogue
Islamic Law and the Modern World
Option modules, choose two from:
Democracy and Islam
Diplomacy in Islam
Information Technology in the Information Society
Islam and Muslims in the Contemporary Media
Islamic Banking and Finance
Modernity, Post Modernity and the Islamic Perspective
Teaching and Assessment
The course presents a student-centred approach to teaching and learning, based on the acquisition of a wide range of academic, professional and career management skills. A range of delivery types are employed, including both theoretical and practical approaches to the subjects studied. The programme encourages critical analysis, self-awareness and reflection. Independent learning, which is an integral element, complements the taught part of the course, and engenders self-development through the acquisition of research and study skills.
Modules use lectures, small-group seminars, workshops, presentations, and simulations to enable you to analyse, evaluate, participate in, and simulate a range of cultural, political, diplomatic, conflict resolution, and other relevant processes and situations. They also encourage the independent use and evaluation of appropriate disciplinary methodologies to source and evaluate material.
You will be assessed via coursework and oral and written exams. You will also be assessed through a written presentation of the dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words on an approved topic, although an oral presentation may also be required.
Already, there exists a realisation, reinforced, whether directly or indirectly, by, among others, events and the media, that specialisation in Islamic issues generates interest and opportunities for employment and/or further study. Areas for further professional and/or academic advancement, include foreign affairs, international relations, diplomacy, security, religious bodies, community relations, interfaith organisations, NGOs, development, business, the media, and intercultural communication.