Islamic Theology 1

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This module aims to introduce the theological implications of modern scientific theories in relation to traditional arguments for God’s existence and the strategies theists have adopted in responding to them. As such, students exploring and engaged with current debates about science and the existence of God. Moreover, it will review fundamental doctrines of Islamic theology as developed during the centuries under the all- encompassing term Kalam.


   This module will introduce the students to theology by reviewing the historical development of theological schools while also providing the students with grounding in the current debates between theists and atheists about the existence of God through an exploration of the relationship between science and religion. Over the course of the module, students will be exploring the common arguments for God’s existence, including the various teleological, cosmological, and ontological proofs offered by theologians from both the Western and Islamic worlds. Topics that may be explored by students include:

 

 

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Ways of understanding the science-religion relationship.
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Religion and science in medieval European and Islamic contexts
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The roots of the “clash” narrative in the late 19th-century
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Modern science, disenchantment and the secular
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Anthropic arguments and the multiverse
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The cosmological argument and quantum physics
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The ontological argument and materialism
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The problem of evil and religious theodicies
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Theological arguments for God’s existence
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The historical development of theological schools in Islam
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The teacher for this subject is Mr. Abbas and the following text books will be covered:Copan, P. & Moser, P. K. eds., (2003) The Rationality of Theism, London: Routledge Dawkins, R., (2007) The God Delusion, London: Black SwanMutahhari, M., (2002). Understanding Islamic Sciences. London: ICAS
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Enrolled: 39 students
Duration: 10 hours
Lectures: 10
Video: 9 hours
Level: Advanced