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                                      COURSE OUTLINE

Kulliyyah          Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences

Department         Department of General Studies

Programme          Undergraduate

Course Title       The Islamic Worldview

Course Code        UNGS 2030

Status             University Requirement

Level              Undergraduate

Credit Hours       3

Contact Hours      3

Pre-requisites     None
(if any)

Co-requisites      None
(if any)

Instructional      Lectures, presentation, group discussion and review of relevant materials.
Assessment                  LO                       Method                     %
                       1&2            Mid-term Examination                      20
                       1, 2 & 3       Term-paper                                20
                       1, 2 & 3       Quizzes & review of relevant materials    10
                       1, 2 & 3       Final Examination                         50
                                      Total                                     100

Instructor(s)      To be determined

Semester           Every semester
Course Synopsis    This course focuses on the meanings, characteristics and kinds of
                   worldviews including some selective contemporary ideologies, such as

                materialism, secularism and post modernism. It presents an overview of
                Islam and its main characteristics. The course also describes the elements
                of Islamic worldview and reviews some of the contemporary challenges
                facing man and society.

Course          This course aims at:
Objectives      1. Acquainting students with meanings, characteristics, foundations, and
                   objectives of Islamic and non-Islamic worldviews.
                2. Understanding the elements of Islamic worldview and its implications
                   on knowledge, personality and behaviour.
                3. Identifying some challenges faced by man and society and Muslim
                   responses to them.

Learning        At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
Outcomes        1. Demonstrate understanding of the meanings, characteristics and
                   elements of both Islamic and non-Islamic worldviews.
                2. Explain the elements of Islamic worldview and their impact on
                   individual and social life.
                3. Identify some of the challenges faced by man and society and suggest
                   solutions from the Islamic worldview.

Content Outlines Weeks Topics                                    Task/Reading
                Worldview: Meaning, Characteristics and Kinds.
                        - Meaning & characteristics of the       - Kamal Hassan (1994),
                        Islamic & other worldviews.                11-33.
                                                                 - Al-Attas (2007), 6-28.
                                                                 - Berghout (2007), 20-

                        - Kinds of worldview:                     - Mutahhari (1985), 68-
                             a. The scientific worldview            76.
                  2          b. The philosophical worldview
                              c. The religious worldview

                        - Selective contemporary ideologies:      - Al-Attas (1993), 15-
                              a. Secularism                         49.
                  3           b. Post modernism                   - Davies & Gribbin,
                              c. Materialism                        (1992), 4-23.

                Overview of Islam and its Main Characteristics
                                                                  - Riza & Hussain
                        - ÔmÉn, IslÉm, TaqwÉ and IÍsÉn            (2003), 15-24.
                  4                                               - ‘Abd al ‘ÓtÊ (1998),
                                                                  7-11; 23-27.

        - The main characteristics of Islam   - Qutb (1996), 41-65;
          a. Al RabbÉniyyah (divinity)        109-142.
  5       b. Al-ShumËl (comprehensiveness)    - Al-Qaradawi (1997),
          c. Al-TawÉzun (moderation)          140-173.

The Elements of the Islamic Worldview
        The concept of al-TawÍÊd (the unity   - Al-Faruqi (1992), 1-
        of Allah)                               32.
        - The concept of al-TawÍÊd and its    - Philips (1982), 27-42;
  6         implications for life.              88-96.
        - Al-Kufr and al-Shirk and their
           implications for life.

        The Concept of sunnatullÉh and        - Rahman (1994), 65-
        natural phenomenon                      79.
        - Meaning of sunnatullÉh and its
        - Manifestations of sunnatullÉh.

        Prophethood and its relevance to      - Maududi (1973), 33-
        the Muslim life                         60.
        - Meaning and necessity of
        - The functions of the Prophets.
        - The relevance of Prophetic Sunnah
        to the contemporary life.

        Al-Ókhirah and its implication for    - Rahman (1994), 106-
        human life                              120.
        - Meaning of al-Ókhirah.
        - The impact of believing in al-
        Ókhirah on human life.

        Man in the Qur’an and the Sunnah      - Bucaille (1989), 157-
        - Creation vs. evolution of man.        189.

        - The role of man as khalÊfatullÉh    - Rahman (1994), 37-
        - Primordial nature of man.              64.
                                               - Rahman (1994), 17-
Some Challenges Facing Muslims
        - Extremism                           - Al-Qaradawi (1991),
  12                                          99-145.

        - Globalization                       Al-Roubaie (2004), 3-
  13                                          46.

                      - Liberalism and Human Rights             - Al-Attas (1993), 97-
References   Required
             Hassan, K. (1994). The Islamic worldview. In Abdul Monir Y. (Ed).
                    Towards a positive Islamic worldview: American-Malaysian
                    perspective. Kuala Lumpur: IKIM, 11-33.
             Riza, M. & Hussain, D. (Eds.). (2003). Islam the way of revival. Leicester:
                    Revival Publications.
             Rahman, F. (1994). Major themes of the Qur’an. Minneapolis: Bibliotheca

             ‘Abd al- ‘ÓtÊ, H. (1998). Islam in focus. Maryland: Amanah Publications.
             Al-Attas, S. M. N. (1992). Islam: The concept of religion and the
                    foundation of ethics and morality. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa
                    and Pustaka.
             Al-Attas, S. S. (1996). Islam and the challenge of modernity: Historical
                    and contemporary context. Kuala Lumpur: ISTAC.
             Al-Faruqi. I. R. (1998). Tawhid: Its implications for thought and life.
                    Virginia: IIIT.
             Al-Roubaie, A. (2004). Heritage, culture and globalization. International
                    Journal of Muslim Unity, 2 (1), 3-46.
             Berghout A. (2007). Toward an Islamic framework for worldview studies:
                    Preliminary theorization. The American Journal of Islamic Social
                    Sciences, 24 (spring), 20-43.
             Bucaille, M. (1989). What’s the origin of man: The answer of science and
                    scriptures. Kuala Lumpur: A.S. Noordeen.
             Cooley, C. H. (1984). Human nature and the social order, (2nd ed.). USA:
                    Schocken Books.
             Cumming, R. D. (1969). Human nature and history: A study of the
                    development of liberal political thought (Vol. 1). Chicago: The
                    University of Chicago Press.
             Gulen, F. (1998). Prophet Muhammad: The infinite light. Konak Izmir,
                    Turkey: Kaynak (Izmir) A. S.
             Khan, M. A. (1978). Islam on origin and evolution of life. Lahore,
                    Pakistan: Shah Muhammad Ashraf.
             Lipson, L. (1993). The ethical crises of civilization: Moral meltdown or
                    advance. USA: Saga Publications.
             Maududi, A. A. (1973). Towards understanding Islam. Leicester, UK:
                    Islamic Foundation.
             Maududi, A. A. (1994). Islamic way of life. Kuwait: International Islamic
                    Book Center.
             Murata, S. & William C. C. (1994). The vision of Islam. New York:
                    Paragon House.
             Mutahhari, M. (1985). Fundamentals of Islamic thought: God, man and

                          the universe. Berkeley Calif: Mizan Press.

                   Naser. (1993). Reflections on man and the future of civilization. Islamic
                          Studies, 32 (3), 253-259.
                   Naugle, D. K. (2002). Worldview: The history of the concept. Grand
                          Rapids, Mich: W. B. Eerdmans Pub.
                   Osman, F. (1997). Concepts of the Qur’an: A topical reading. Kuala
                          Lumpur: Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia.
                   Qutb, S. (1984). The Islamic concept and its characteristics. Delhi, India:
                          Hindustan Publications.
                   Qutb, S. (1996). This religion of Islam. Delhi, India: Hindustan
                   Waters, M. (1995). Globalization (1st ed.). London: Routledge.
Proposed Start
                   Semester I, 2006/2007
Date (Semester)

Batch of
Students to be     Semester I, 2006/2007

    Prepared by:                      Checked by:                      Approved by:

  __________________              ________________                  ________________
  (                  )            (               )                 (Dean/Director)

 1.  The course outlines should reflect the course description/synopsis and Islamic mission
     of the university as well as to provide the room for Islamic critique.
 2.  Latest editions of textbooks and references should be used unless otherwise necessary
     or if the course is classical in nature. Please check with the library to ensure that the
     books are up-to-date and incorporating the latest edition.
 3.  The reference lists shall be presented in accordance with APA bibliographic practices
     and in alphabetical order.
 4.  The reference title shall be italicised or underlined or bold. If in doubt, please consult
     the Librarian.
 5.  Proposed course outlines should be presented to the Senate Standing Committee for
     approval at least four months prior to the course offering.


                                                                                                                                   OBJECTIVES /

                                                                           Final Examination
                                                Mid Semester Examination
                                                                                                                                   OUTCOME INDICATORS/

    Quizzes & review of relevant
                                                                                                                                   THE ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW

                                                                                               1. Demonstrate understanding of the

                                                                                               meanings, characteristics and elements of both
                                                                                               Islamic and non-Islamic worldviews.
                                                                                                                                                              COURSE ASSESSMENT MATRIX

                                                                                               2. Explain the elements of Islamic worldview

                                                                                               and their impact on individual and social life.
                                                                                                                                                           THE ISLAMIC WORLDVIEW (UNGS 2030)

                                                                                                3. Identify some of the challenges faced by


                                                                                                man and society and suggest solutions from
                                                                                                Islamic worldview.

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