Full course description

Description

To provide students with a broad understanding of the history of Islam and the formation of societies and its impact on the modern world. The module aims to provide insights into the role Islam in shaping historical and contemporary social, religious, cultural, intellectual, and political features of society development. It focuses on both the achievements and contributions of Islam, as well as challenges with modernity, democracy, and pluralism.

Instructors

Dr. Azmi Mohamad

Dr. Azmi Mohamad is a lecturer at Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), and currently serves as the center’s Deputy Director. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies and a Ph.D in Theology and Religion from the University of Birmingham in 2011 and 2015 respectively. Building on his doctoral work on European Islam and reform, Dr. Azmi conducts research studies in the field of contemporary Muslim thought, with a focus on the evolving discourses that continue to generate new readings of and approaches to Islam in the modern world. His main research area lies in the complex realities of religious identity and practice, particularly of the Muslim youth who are caught between narratives they cannot relate to. More recently, Dr. Azmi has developed a strong interest in studying the integration of religious principles and values into practical areas of governance. Since joining UBD in 2015, he has co-published an article titled “Intercultural Dialogue from within Muslim Communities: A Global Overview” in the UNESCO Book, Agree to Differ.  

Format

Online forums will be used to support the scaffolding of knowledge, understanding and abilities. The teaching style will include video conferencing, discussion forums and activity based learning techniques. The focus of the teaching style will be determined through learning diagnostics, undertaken by students, which will identify learning styles needs. A cooperative learning framework is used as a means of supporting equity for both teaching and learning styles.

Overview


What you get

  • Introduction to the history of Islam and Muslim societies
  • Epistemology and the notion of unity in supporting culture and institutions in Islam
  • The emergence of classical Qur’anic exegesis and its implications to modern times
  • The Qur’an and the Prophetic traditions, or ḥadīths, that facilitated Muslim societies
  • Islam and the interrelationship with global politics
  • Transnational Ummah: the relationship between faith and politics for the Muslim Community
  • Islam and Globalisation: A South East Asian perspective