HISA04686U Lived Islam

Volume 2016/2017

Curriculum for Master's program in Islamic studies, 2008




This class on ’Lived Islam’ is one of two parts of the special elective master class on ’Islam and Muslims in the Modern World.’ The other is ’Islam in the 20th and 21st Century.’ Each can be taken individually or togehter for a full semester of credits.

The class is taught in two linked modules: ‘Thinking Islam Globally’ (weeks 36 – 41) and ’Global Muslim Practices’ (weeks 43 – 50).

‘Thinking Islam Globally’ (Lived Islam, Weeks 36 – 41)

As part of the Lived Islam course, these seven weeks will focus on practice and theory of Islam in Muslim societies around the globe.  The course will discuss modern versions of Pan-Islamism and umma-centrism, but it will also address new Muslim trans-national politics, and the movements of Muslims around the globe and what it entails. Such as fact that increasing numbers of Muslims now live as minorities in non-Muslim countries, but in a diasporic relationship to the countries of their origin. To what degree can we speak of global Muslim networks?  How is the umma now envisioned? And what are the reasons behind growing internal Muslim schisms?

Suggested and relevant readings:

  • Badran, Margot, and Mathias Rohe. Feminism beyond east and west: New gender talk and practice in global Islam. Global Media Publications, 2007.
  • Cesari, Jocelyne. "Islam in the West: From Immigration to Global Islam." Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review 8 (2009): 148-175.
  • Gräf, B. & Skovgaard-Petersen, J. (2009): Global mufti: the phenomenon of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, New York: Columbia University Press
  • Lipman. Jonathan N. (1997) Familiar strangers; a history of Muslims in Northwest China, Seattle: University of Washington Press.
  • Mandaville, Peter. Global political islam. Routledge, 2010.
  • March (2009), A., Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Olivier Roy. Globalised Islam: The Search for a New Ummah London: Hurst, 2004.
  • Soares, Benjamin F., and René Otayek. "Islam and Muslim politics in Africa." (2007).


‘Global Muslim Practices’ (Lived Islam, Weeks 43 – 49)

Bringing students up to speed with general humanistic methodology and theory aiming in this course to enhance their methodology and theory further. This course will give an introduction to a wide range of methods applied in the study of Islam. Every session in this part of the course is structured so that a classic methodological approach is coupled with a contemporary application of this approach on Islam and Muslims. The methods concerned will include qualitative social research, anthropology, sociology, hermeneutics and normative disciplines and will conclude in a converging perspective on the challenge posed by poststructuralist, deconstruction and critical theories.

The course opens focus on the lived reality and the subjective perspective of Muslims across contexts, expressions, traditions, dogma and so on. One of the true powerful dynamics of this course is to view Islam on both the individual in order to depoliticise Islam. Or on the global level to problematize and deconstruct political, organized, official and public aspects of islam.

The course shall make sure that the students will have a thorough knowledge of a) how the study of Islam in central areas of the present Muslim world has been conducted, b) how the present Muslim world was historically shaped (trade, migration, local interaction) and c) Knowledge of ethnic and Muslim subgroups throughout the Muslim world.

Suggested and relevant readings

  • Ahmed, Leila. Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate. New Haven: Yale University Press, 19

  • Talal Asad, The Idea of an Anthropology of Islam. Washington: Georgetown University 1986.

  • Clifford Geertz, Islam observed; religious development in Morocco and Indonesia. New Haven,: Yale University Press, 1968.

  • Hallaq (2009), W., Shari'a: Theory, Practice, Transformations, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

  • Aaron W. Hughes: Theorizing Islam. Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction, Equinox: Acumen 2014.

  • Rodinson, Maxime, and Roger Veinus. Europe and the Mystique of Islam. IB Tauris, 2002.

Learning Outcome

KA 2008 studieordning

Levet Islam (fagelementkode HISA04681E)

The student submits a curriculum of 2.000 pages. Of these at least 200 pages must be sources on the original language to illuminate how a chosen group explains itself in relation to surroundings and circumstances. Interviews must be calculated as pages. The curriculum must be approved by a member of the Islamic Studies teaching staff.

General knowledge on Islam
Lectures and class teaching including active participation from the students. Throughout the semester the islam research of the staff of the institute will be included through guest lectures and workshops as part of the master class framework on “Islam and Muslims in the Modern World.”
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 100
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 284,5
  • Total
  • 412,5