Islam: History, Theology and Culture

10 Units

The course provides students with a basic understanding of Islam. It presents the life of the Prophet Muhammad in seventh century Arabia. It provides an overview of the spread of Islam over the following centuries and the diversity that ensued. It traces the development of Islam’s major texts, the Qur’an and the Sunnah, and the formulation of law. It presents the foundational deeds and creed of Islam, Islamic spirituality and how Islam is lived in daily life. It treats particular issues: the currents of Islamic revivalism from the eighteenth century onwards, the role of women in Islam, Islam in Australia, Christian-Muslim relations and the geo-political significance of Islam in the contemporary world situation.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the context, significant persons, events and in the genesis of Islam and its subsequent history; 2. Analyse the subsequent development and significance of Islam’s central texts, rituals, practices, doctrines and laws; 3. Engage in constructive dialogue with Muslims in an informed, respectful and sensitive way; 4. Appreciate the role and contribution of Islam in world history and its geo-political significance in the contemporary world. 5. Demonstrate advanced writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.


This course will examine the history, theology and culture of Islam.

Replacing Course(s) RELI3000
Transition Students who have previously completed RELI3000 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT3023. Other third-year options are available for these students.
Assumed Knowledge 20 units of RELT coded courses at first level
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 2 x 1000 word essay (40%) 1 x 2000 word essay (40%)
  • Online Discussion - 5 x 200 word online discussion board (20%)
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for RELT3023
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