Introduction to Islam

Introduction to Islam

Course dates:
19 April – 29 April 2022
Application deadline:
28 February 2022
Programme fees:
Course director:
Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor

About the course

This online interactive course will bring together participants from diverse backgrounds in an engaging environment, to discuss key issues faced by Muslims around the globe. A pluralistic and civilisational approach will be adopted, highlighting the role of human agency, creativity and imagination in devising new solutions to the challenges encountered by contemporary Muslims.

Aims of the programme

  • Introduce participants to some critical and analytical tools to address cultural, political and intellectual issues.
  • Facilitate the development of a historical understanding of the evolution of various Muslim communities, including the Ismailis, through time, and a nuanced understanding of the consequent diversity of beliefs, practices, and ethics.
  • Discuss key concepts such as secularisation, authority and leadership, politics and the state, good governance and civil society, pluralism and cosmopolitan ethics, situating these ideas within their historical, cultural and geopolitical contexts, drawing on perspectives articulated by critical thinkers and leader as well as the Ismaili Imamatinfo-icon.
  • Explore the role played by art, architecture and literature in the development of Muslim civilisations, past and present.


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