Islamic Texts: Language and the Synthesis of Classical Scholarship Part A
- Module Code:
- Module Not Running 2022/2023
- FHEQ Level:
- Year of study:
- Year 1 or Year 2
- Taught in:
- Term 1
This module is principally designed for students with an interest in medieval Islamic thought. Its main purpose is to introduce classical texts and traditions of learning not necessarily covered in the Qur’an and Hadith module. Students read, translate and discuss examples of works from a variety of genres, diverse in form, yet all essentially concerned with the elaboration and transmission of classical Muslim scholarship’s understanding of its faith. Part A of the module focuses on the study of seminal literary texts from the disciplines of classical jurisprudence and theology. With a concern for both context and relevance, the module aims to provide a critical gauging of the conceptual constructs and discussions which featured in legal and theological thought.
Given that this is essentially a text-based module, it is expected that students should be able to read and comprehend classical Arabic material.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
- Understand the historical form and content of the traditions of learning and modes of scholarship which feature in classical Islamic legal and theological thought
- Read, translate and competently analyse selected Arabic texts from the disciplines of classical jurisprudence and theology
- Appreciate the written legacy of the medieval Islamic sciences
- Engage with the academic discourses and theroretical issues which feature in the analysis and treatment of legal and theological texts
Total of 10 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour seminar.
Scope and syllabus
Course readings and discussions are guided by, but not exhaustive of, or exclusive to, the following major themes and topics:
- Classical jurisprudence: standard compilations on substantive law (furu ‘) and the notions of ikhtilaf al-fuqaha'; treatises on the principles of law; linguistic bases of law
- Islamic theology: treatises on the precepts of faith and expressions of orthodoxy; and heresiographical literature
Method of assessment
- One 3000-word essay (100% of final mark) due Term 2
- The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page
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