Introduction to Judaism and Islam - TH340

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Spring 4 15 (7.5) DR C Deacy checkmark-circle


This course investigates the beliefs and practices of Jews and Muslims in the world today. Topics in Judaism include the life and work of the Patriarchs, the concept of the 'chosen people', the Promised Land, the Torah, synagogue, Jewish festivals and the Jewish home. In the case of Islam, topics include the life and work of Muhammad, the Five Pillars, the Qur'an and Hadith, Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims, Sufism, the Shariah and the Islamic contribution to the arts and sciences.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (2,000 words) – 50%
Essay 2 (2,000 words) – 50%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Armstrong, K. (2001) Islam: A Short History. London: Phoenix
Ayoub, M. (2004) Islam: Faith and History, London: Oneworld
De Lange, N. (2009) An Introduction to Judaism, 2nd edn, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Esposito, J. (2004) Islam - The Straight Path, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Satlow, M. (2006) Creating Judaism: History, Tradition, Practice, New York: Columbia University Press
Wright, MJ. (2012) Studying Judaism: The Critical Issues, London: Continuum

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Assess the importance of the Jewish and Islamic faiths for believers today;
Demonstrate knowledge of the history, thought, culture and scriptures of these two monotheistic faiths;
Demonstrate appreciation of what it means to be a Jew or Muslim today;
Demonstrate understanding of the meaning of religious beliefs and practices in the two faiths;
Demonstrate understanding the broad historical development of Jewish and Muslim religion.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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