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Islam in the Modern World


Admission requirements

Students should have basic academic knowledge of Islam, for example, having followed successfully an academic course in the Introduction to Islam. Students who do not fulfil this requirement, will have to contact Prof dr. N.J.G. Kaptein per email before the start of the course.


This course links up with the Introduction to Islam Course and explores how the various aspects of Islam become manifest in the modern world (approximately from 1900 onwards to the present). In the course, a selection of countries of various regions in the world will be dealt with, namely the Middle East and North Africa, Asia and Africa. Amongst others, the following countries will be discussed Egypt, Turkey, Iran, and Indonesia, the country with the largest number of Muslims in the world.

Course objectives

  • basic knowledge of the different manifestations of Islam in the modern world, e.g. in the nation state;

  • insight into the interaction between the normative prescriptions of Islam and different social, political and historical settings;

  • insight into the various responses to Western culture in different Muslim societies in the modern world.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture
    Attendance is not obligatory for lectures. The conveners do not need to be informed in case of missed classes. Information and knowledge provided in the lectures greatly contribute to the subsequent courses of the programme. In order to pass the course, students are strongly advised to attend all sessions.

Assessment method

Assessment and weighing

Partial Assessment Weighing
Midterm: a trial examination via Blackboard with short open questions and the prescribed reading during the exam week after the first period 40%
Final: a written exam on the capita selecta from Shepard and several articles (to be specified) during the exam week after the final lecture. 60%


There is only one resit opportunity (in June 2019) which will be open for students who failed the fanal exam (below 5.5). this resit makes up 100% of the mark.

Exam Review

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

A detailed programme with reading assignments per week will be available through Brightspace before the start of the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

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