This module engages with the dimensions of religious meaning and practical expressions in a community of faith. These aspects are approached from a variety of perspectives by exploring the significance of faith, worship, devotion, ethics, religious practices, prayer, and spaces of worship and gathering in Muslim communities. Students are guided to reflect on these themes in the context of the Shia Ismaili Tariqah, and with reference to other Islamic traditions. The module seeks, as a whole, to develop insights into the role of faith and religious practice in a faith community, and in relation to the individual believer’s search for ultimate meaning.
Volume One of Faith and Practice in Islamic Traditions examines concepts of faith as expressed in a range of sources, from the Qur’an to the religious literature of Islamic traditions. A central part of this volume is devoted to understandings of tawhid and nubuwwa in Islam, and the significance of the principle of imama for Shia Muslims. The first volume also includes a study of selected facets of faith, including ibadat, divine love, and the concepts of zahir and batin in esoteric traditions of Islam.
Volume Two extends the study by focusing on the practice of the faith in Islamic traditions. Among the topics covered are the origins and development of selected rites and practices in Muslim history, the diverse forms they have taken in Muslim communities, and the meaning given to them in the practice of the faith. Also discussed in this volume are the different forms of prayer in Islam, and the diversity of spaces of worship and gathering to be found in Islamic contexts.