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PPR.355: Reading Islam

Tutor: Dr Shuruq Naguib
Term: Not available in 2014/15

Course Description

Religions may take on partly distinctive forms due to the history and traditions of particular regions or modern nation states. Islam is no exception. This course will examine varieties of Islam in a range of modern areas and countries such as Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Britain.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Identify a range of modern configurations of Islam in particular countries or regions.
  • Illustrate the socio-political contexts which have contributed to these configurations both historically and in today's world.
  • Appreciate and articulate some of the key debates that have arisen both within and between them.


40% coursework and 60% exam.
Coursework: 1 essay of 3000 words. Exam: 2 hours.

Teaching Method

Lecture (2 hours) weekly, and seminar (1 hour) fortnightly.

Introductory Reading

John Esposito (ed) Islam and Development: Religion and Socio-Political Change

Jorgen Nielsen Muslims in Western Europe

John O. Voll Islam: Continuity and Change in the Modern World

David Westurlund & Ingvar Svanberg (eds) Outside the Arab World

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