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DIVINITY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES

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RS 3010 / RS 3510
THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Z Hadromi-Allouche

Pre-requisite(s): Available for students in Programme Year 3 or above.

Note(s): This course will be available as RS 3010 in 2012/13.

In this course we will discuss the biography of the Prophet Muhammad, the main figure in Islam, through whom the Qur'an was revealed.

The course will look at the existing sources for this biography and the problems that they present to modern scholars. It will examine various research approaches to this topic and discuss the advantages and shortcomings of each approach. Through a discussion of the main episodes in the life of the Prophet we will learn of the various ways for understanding these episodes. The course will also discuss the status of Muhammad against other prophets in Islam and against the Qur'an; and the relevance of his biography for contemporary Islam.

1 two-hour seminar per week.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (50%); 1 essay of 2,500 words (50%). Admission to the exam depends on the submission of all course work and each item's assessment at CAS 6 or above.

Resit: 1 two-hour examination (100%).