HUMN 3058 Islamic Revivalism in the Globalised World

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102297

Coordinator Jan Ali Opens in new window

Description In the last decades there has been a surge in Islamic consciousness in Musllim communities across the globe. Islamic history has been punctuated by periods of revivalist activity and its hallmark always has been a desire for the return to Islamic origins - the basics of the faith as enshrined in the islamic scripture. This subject explores the phenomenon of contemporary Islamic revivalism. The subject contrasts contemporary Islamic revivalism with earlier expressions. It aims to demonstrate that contemporary Islamic revivalism has manifested itself in a multiplicity of forms as a defensive reaction to an epoch characterised as modernity.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline Sociology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject


Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Identify key issues and concepts in the literature on contemporary Islamic revivalism
  2. Analyse scholarly debates surrounding contemporary Islamic revivalism
  3. Assess the causes and consequences of contemporary Islamic revivalism
  4. Examine the theoretical models of Islamic revivalism
  5. Analyse the ideology, diversity and activities of Islamic revivalist movements
  6. Apply conceptual and theoretical approaches to the understanding of Islam and Muslims in a globalised word
  7. Develop analytical tools necessary in conducting sociological research.

Subject Content

- Islam: An introduction
- The development of Islamic Civilisation
- Islam and The processes of modernisation and Globalisaton
- Explanations of Islamic Revivalism
- theories of social change and religious response
- colonialism and its impact on The Muslim World
- Islam-West relations
- Crisis of Islam and Muslim Societies
- Islamic Reformism and The foundational thinkers
- emergence of Islamic Revivalist movements
- methods of Islamic Revivalism
- Islamic invention, Tolerance and Modernity
- Islam in The modern Globalised World


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Minor written essay 1,000 words 30 N Individual
Online exam x2 500 words total 20 N Individual
Research paper 3,000 words 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Ali, J. (2012). Islamic revivalism encounters the modern world : A study of the Tabligh Jamaat. New Delhi: Sterling.

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)

Bankstown City


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