During the first period, this course will give an introduction to the origin of Islam, the sources of Islam, the organisation, the rituals, the social precepts, the theology, the philosophy, the mysticism and the Shi`a. The second period will – where relevant – further explore how the topics and phenomena dealt with during the first period manifest in the different regions where Muslims live, namely the Middle East, South Asia, South-East Asia, China, Africa and the West. For example, more attention will be paid to the relationship between state and Islam.
This course will provide the participant with basic knowledge of Islam and its different expressions in the Islamic world and elsewhere; it will also provide a first insight into the social embedding of religious views and the interaction between normative prescriptions and everyday religious experience.
Mode of instruction
Total course load for the course is 140 hours.
Lectures: 13 × 2 = 26 hours
Preparation lectures and exams (studying the compulsory literature) = 114 hours
- A written examination with short open questions on the capita selecta from Shepard and the prescribed reading during the exam week after the first period.
- A final exam on the capita selecta from Shepard and several articles (to be specified) during the exam week after the final lecture.
- There is no resit opportunity for the first written examination. The final mark is determined as follows: first written exam (40%) and final exam (60%). The resit for the final exam (before the start of the second semester) is only available to students whose average mark of the written exam and final exam is insufficient. The resit will then make up 100% of the mark.
Yes, “Blackboard”: http://blackboard.leidenuniv.nl/ is used.
- William Shepard, Introducing Islam, Routledge 2009 or later;
- Several articles to be specified by the lecturer, published on Blackboard.
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This is a faculty-wide course within the Faculty of Humanities. The course coordinator is Dr. Nico J.G. Kaptein. Other specialists on various regions will be giving lectures. Details on this will be announced at the beginning of the course through blackboard.
Students with disabilities
The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accomodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.
Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).