Islam and Democracy in the Muslim World (GOVT3990)


This unit examines why there is no clear consensus on the status of Islam and sharia (Islamic law) within the state, constitution and political system. It will also consider whether the secular democratic state is consistent with Islamic principles such as adil (justice) and maslaha (common good). The unit highlights the linkages between historical, political and cultural Islam and the emergence of discourses which provide a contextual understanding of the faith.

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2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


2000wd essay (40%) and 1hr exam (30%) and 1000wd equivalent group oral presentation (30%)

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12 Senior credit points in Government and International Relations



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