Introduction to Islam


The Introduction to Islam module is an introductory survey course, intended for those students with little or no previous knowledge of the subject matter.

Topics covered

Central to the module is the notion of "interpretation” of the authoritative textual foundation of the Islamic worldview (the Qur'an and the Hadith) and the Islamic historical narrative. ‘Historical Preconditions’ exposes students to the historical context of the foundational period, ‘Authoritative Sources and Different Ways of Dealing with them’ introduces students to three different ways of approaching Qur'an and Hadith that have defined distinct fields of Islamic enquiry, ‘Historical Developments in Muslim Religious Thought’ shows how these approaches have developed over time and in various spaces, while ‘New Challenges – New Developments’ introduces the students to the role of these approaches in Muslims’ attempts to come to terms with various contemporary issues.


  • Five written online activities (30% of the module mark)
  • 5,000 word essay (70%).