Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies is dedicated to the rigorous pursuit of objective academic research on Islam and contemporary issues of concern specific to Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and Muslims’ engagement with other civilisations and intercultural dialogue.

Only available as a minor.

What is it?

The program offers a range of elective units that are of interest to a wide cross section of the community.

Islamic Studies is for those who work or aspire to work in immigration, law, educational institutions, organisations with Muslim employees or community organisations. It is for researchers, journalists, religious leaders, social workers and anyone who has some responsibility or interest in understanding the Muslim faith in general and Muslims in Australia in particular.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

What topics can you study?

Islamic Studies provides thorough and well-researched undergraduate training in all aspects of Islamic matters. It covers Qur’an and Hadith studies, Islamic history, contemporary thought and comparative studies. Examples of units include:

Islamic Leadership in the 20th Century

In this unit, students gain a solid working knowledge of different Muslim leadership styles, principles, models, procedures, and practical applications. They explore major spiritual, political, and cultural leaders and look at the relationship and tensions between them from Sunni and Shiite perspectives.

Islam: Principles, Civilisation and Influence

In this unit you explore the evolution and influence of Islam as a religion. The unit emphasises the principles underpinning Islamic law and theology, and Islamic civilisation. You would study the writings of great thinkers, mystics and historians, examine core themes in the Qur’an, and look at how Islamic civilization has responded to non-Islamic communities and cultural traditions within and outside the Arab world.

Islamic Philosophy: From Medieval to Modern Times

This unit allows you to examine the origins and development of Islamic philosophy within the broader context of the Islamic intellectual tradition. It defines Islamic philosophy, discusses its relation to Western, and particularly Greek, philosophy and explores different philosophical schools that have emerged within the Islamic world.