Course ObjectiveThe student is able to identify some of the main theories and
philosophies that shaped the foundation for the current trends of
thinking. Most of these trends have direct influence on the
interpretation and hermeneutics of the Qur’an, as well as on legal
The student knows some of the main works discussing these trends and
has learned to consult these works independently as well as use them for
future research projects (papers, presentations etc.).
Course ContentThe course aims at presenting some of the most influential historical
and religious developments that are shaping the current contemporary
debates and modes of thinking within the Muslim World. Consequently,
this course also aims at helping you to think about how to position
certain trends within the current social, religious or cultural
Teaching MethodsThis course will be taught on line as well as in class.
The first weeks the students are expected to attend class virtually by
logging in via the link sent to each of the registered students
beforehand. The class starts and ends at the times designated in the VU
schedule. Students are expected to have access to a solid internet
connection and a device that allows them to hear the lectures and
contribute to discussions. The last week of the course will be taught in
class with the professor present.
Although part of this class is virtually, it needs to be treated as a
real-life meeting: attending the sessions, participating in the
discussions and analysis is as vital as reading the materials.
Students are expected to hand in weekly homework that consists of a
critical analysis of the materials read that week. Not handing in
homework will result in a lower grade.
Furthermore, in consultation with the teacher, students will prepare a
final paper. In preparation for this paper students will hand in a
proposal during the fourth week and present a summary of their topic
during the last week of the class.
In case students have questions, concerns, or wish to discuss their
work, they can contact the professor during designated "office" hours.
Time and medium of communication will decided on in consultation with
Method of AssessmentRegular home work assignments (40%) and a final paper of 20 pages (60%).
LiteratureStudents will read selections from the following book:
Hunter, Shireen (ed.). Reformist Voices of Islam. Mediating Islam and
Modernity. Oxon & New York: Routledge, 2015.
Kurzman, Charles (ed.). Modernist Islam, 1840-1940: A Sourcebook.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Kurzman, Charles (ed.). Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook. Oxford: Oxford
Taji-Farouki, Suha (ed.). Modern Muslim Intellectuals and the Qur'an
(Qur'anic Studies Series). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Vogt, K., Lena Larsen & Christian Moe. New Directions in Islamic
Thought. Exploring Reform and Muslim Tradition. New York: Tauris, 2009.
Zaman, Muhammad Qasim. Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age.
Religious Authority and Internal Criticism. New York & Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Target AudienceThis module is part of the Research Master and can be an elective for
all master students.
Additional InformationThis course uses various books. However, most of the key articles read
in this class will be available via the Canvas site.
Explanation CanvasRelevant materials and messages will be posted via the Canvas site.
Furthermore, students will submit their homework via Canvas.
Recommended background knowledgeA basic knowledge of the main tenets of Islam is advisable.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Religion and Theology|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. P.A. van Doorn-Harder|
|Examiner||prof. dr. P.A. van Doorn-Harder|
prof. dr. P.A. van Doorn-Harder
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