Muhammad today

Course content

This course will investigate modern Muslim interpretations of the life and character the prophet Muhammad. Drawing from classical Muslim historians and biographers, Muslim intellectuals of the late 19th century set out to demonstrate that Muhammad could still be considered a model for Muslims to emulate. Only their focus and priorities had shifted; Muhammad was now seen, less as a saint, and more as a human being with a divine vocation, ready to combat barbarian practices and guide his community towards welfare, peace and progress. The course will follow the developments of these modernist interpretations, in books, films and other media, and analyse their various and often contradictory claims. It will end by discussing anti-Modernist, Sufi, Liberalist and Jihadist interpretations of Muhammad.

Education

Curriculum for Master's program in Islamic Studies, 2008

Learning outcome

KA Islamiske Studier, 2008
Islam in the 20th and 21st Century (fagelementkode HISA04651E)

Quran, Hadith, Tafsir, Sira (fagelementkode HISA04621E)

Living Islam (fagelementkode HISA04681E)

 

Lectures and class-based discussions

Announced at the beginning of the course

Knowledge of English

ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 268,5
  • Lectures
  • 56
  • Exam
  • 74
  • Guidance
  • 14
  • English
  • 412,5