Full course description
Islamic Civilization and the Modern World aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the history of Islam as a major religion, community (ummah) and civilisation and its impact on the modern world. Through its exposition of Islam’s tawhidic epistemology and Islam’s theoretical and practical teachings, spiritual and moral-ethical value system, the module aims to strengthen students’ sense of responsibility and identity formation, and show how to live an integrated, balanced, moderate and progressive life in the modern world. The module also explores the role of the al-Qur’an and Sunnah in providing guidelines for holistic and balanced societal development. Further, it seeks to develop awareness and appreciation among students of the many contributions Islam has made to world civilisation and the modern world for the betterment of all human being.
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.5.
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.
What you get
- The Islamic worldview
- An overview of Islamic history
- The Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah as the foundation of Islamic life and thought
- Ethics in the Quran and Sunnah and the practical expression of these ethics in Islamic civilisation
- The tawhidic epistemology: its meaning and role as the foundation of knowledge culture, educational systems and institutions in Islam
- The identity of the Muslim Ummah and its defining elements
- Islamic globalism, the birth and development of Islam and its civilisation in the Malay world
- The challenge of modern knowledge to the Ummah, Islamisation of Knowledge and education as responses
- Islam and contemporary global issues
- Major achievements of Islamic civilisation in various fields
- The impact of Islamic civilisation on the European Renaissance and the birth of modern Western civilisation
- The impact of modern civilisation and colonialism on Islamic civilisation
- The global Ummah, its civilisation and its major branches: unity in diversity