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Postgraduate course

Islamic Religious Thought and Practice

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeRELV339
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The objective of the course is to provide students with an in-depth introduction to a selected topic of Islamic religious thought and practice. The selected topics vary and can address both historical and recent themes. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the Quran, the prophet Muhammad, Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic philosophy, Islamic theology, Islamic religious and intellectual history of a specific period, Shi`ism, Sufism, Islam and gender, and Islamic ritual. The selected topic will be announced in advance.

Learning Outcomes

The student shall by the end of the course have gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student

  • has advanced general knowledge about the religion of Islam
  • has an in-depth knowledge about the selected topic of the course
  • has a general knowledge about current debates in the academic study of Islam.


The student

  • has the ability to analyze and explain complex religious concepts and phenomena
  • has the ability to read primary and secondary literature about religious topics critically, summarize it, and evaluate its argumentative structure
  • has the ability to explain and apply important methodological and theoretical approaches in the study of religions
  • has the ability to make reasoned and structured statements about religious topics in writing in accordance with the relevant rules for academic writing
  • has the ability to make clear and informed statements about religious topics in classroom discussions.

General competence:

The student

  • has the ability to work with larger amounts of written material within a limited time period, to synthesize it, and to present it clearly orally and in writing
  • has the ability to draw reasoned conclusions about newly introduced topics
  • has the ability to explain and apply complex theoretical and methodological approaches.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge of Islam equivalent to RELV102 is an advantage. Students must have good knowledge of English, as the course is taught completely in English.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to course overlap, students cannot take RELV339 as well as RELV239. If combined, the outcome of credits will be reduced with 15 ECTS credits.

Access to the Course

Admission to a Master¿s Programme at UiB is required for RELV339

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures (approximately 10) and seminars (approximately 5).

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

A minimum of 80% attendance in the seminars (minimum 4 of 5 seminars).

Compulsory attendance is evaluated with "approved/not approved."

Compulsory requirements of this course are valid for two semesters; the semester when approved, and the following semester.

Forms of Assessment

¿           One final essay of up to 3000 words at the end of the semester.

¿           Two essays during the semester of up to 750 words each.

The dates of submission of the essays will be announced in advance. The final essay counts for 50%, the two essays during the semester for 25% each of the final course grade. All three must be passed in order to pass the course.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. A is the top grade and F means Failed.

Assessment Semester


There will also be assessment early autumn term (only for students with valid mandatory course requirements).

Reading List

The reading list consists of approximately 1200 pages.  All readings are in English.

The reading list is published by June 1st. for the autumn term and by December 1st. for the spring term.

Course Evaluation

The course unit will be evaluated regularly.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions

Course Coordinator

The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions

Course Administrator

Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies, and Religion (AHKR)