From Mecca to Merthyr: Islam as a World Religion
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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In recent years Islam has piqued the interest of politicians, the media and the public, especially following September 11, 2001 and July 7, 2005. Thanks to an over-reliance on media coverage and a lack of access to authentic Islamic teachers, many people have formulated a very negative understanding of the religion. This course seeks to address that issue by examining Islam and its place in current affairs. To achieve this it looks at the faith, beliefs and practices of one fifth of the world’s population (4% in Britain), but does not require any prior knowledge of Islam. We will look at the birth of the religion in Arabia, its scriptural sources, its historical development, doctrines and institutions, and also its internal divisions. In so doing, we will explore Islam from a scriptural point of view as well as viewing it as a lived reality. The course will end by looking at the modern era and asking whether there is any scope for co-existence between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in religion and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Exploring the Past pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.
Learning and Teaching
This course consists of nine units divided into themes. Each unit comprises a 2-hour face-to-face session between 7pm and 9pm. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be an opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Blackboard.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be expected to complete two pieces of assessed work: a 500-word source analysis and a 1000-word essay. Advice and support will be provided for both assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.
- Armstrong, Karen, Islam: A Short History, (Phoenix, 2001)
- Brown, Daniel, A New Introduction to Islam, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
- Gilliat-Ray, Sophie, Muslims in Britain, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cf.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.