PHIL 3009 Ethical Traditions in Islam

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101466

Coordinator Jan Ali Opens in new window

Description This unit introduces students to the rich heritage of ethical traditions in Islamic thought. Students will study and critically evaluate the key features and contributions of Muslim theologians, philosophers and Sufis, who attempted to deal with revelation and rationalistic discourse in exploring the meaning of ethical life for Muslims and discussing whether philosophy and religious wisdoms were equals and allies in the pursuit of happiness. The origin and development of these traditions will be introduced with an emphasis on the relevance and application of some ethical issues, such as free will, predestination, human responsibility, and bioethics, to contemporary Muslim societies.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) HUMN 1047 OR
LANG 2017

Restrictions 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. Demonstrate an understanding of the key features, methods and contributions of Muslim theologians, philosophers and Sufis in dealing with ethics
  2. Discuss the development of ethical traditions in Islam
  3. Critically examine the relevance and application of ethical ideas and issues such as free will, predestination, human responsibility, and bioethics to contemporary Muslim societies.

Subject Content

This subject introduces students to the rich heritage of ethical traditions in Islamic thought. Students will have the opportunity to study and critically evaluate the key features and contributions of Muslim theologians, philosophers and Sufis. The students will learn the relevance and application of some ethical issues, such as free will, predestination, human responsibility, and bioethics to contemporary Muslim societies.

Prescribed Texts

  • A Subject Reader (comprised of relevant extracts from leading and contemporary scholarship/primary sources on the topic)

Teaching Periods