Undergraduate Module Descriptor
ANT3017: Anthropology of Islam
This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.
You will be introduced to a range of approaches to the study of the Islam, including hermeneutics, ethnography, anthropology, and history, among others. You will then apply these analytical tools to a range of historical cases to explore the diversity of Islamic lifeworlds, with an emphasis on how Islam invites us to rethink fundamental questions about what it means to be human. Through a guided research project, you will develop your own personal approach to the study of Islam and then apply that approach to a particular contemporary or historical Islamic community of your own choosing.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the major contemporary approaches to the study of Islam|
2. Show a detailed understanding of specific issues related to the study of Islam, including definitional matters, the difficulty of defining the boundaries of Islam, and the limits of text-based approaches
3. Show a comprehensive understanding of central concerns within contemporary and historical Islamic communities like space, locality, gender, kinship, economics, modernity and secularism.
|Discipline-Specific Skills||4. Critically apply various theories and methodologies to specific cases|
5. Critically assess claims about Islam
6. Think critically about the social, political, and anthropological implications of Islam.
|Personal and Key Skills||7. Communicate effectively in written and oral form;|
8. Engage in cross-cultural translation and comparison;
9. Conduct research on a topic and organize findings in written form in a compelling manner