Islam is both timely and needed, and will contribute positively to social cohesion, community and gender relations. “We think this course will be an important avenue for learning about the second largest religion in the world (Islam), and empower students to build cross-cultural competency for a variety of professions.”
impact on Islam, Muslims and Islam-West relations.” Zuleyha believes there is a clear market for a course like this. “Due to a growing Muslim population in Australia as well as Australia’s business and political involvement in Southeast Asia and various Muslim countries, there is a growing interest and need to understand political, social and cultural aspects of contemporary Islam and Muslim societies.
Designed to develop students’ constructive and critical understanding of contemporary Islam and Muslims and related subjects, the Masters program focuses on contemporary Islamic thought, modern history, Islamic responses to modernity, and attempts for reform in political, social and cultural space to effect change in Muslim societies. It will specifically cater for students who: • wish to extend their studies beyond the undergraduate degree and focus on the social, political and cultural aspects of contemporary Islam and Muslims deal closely with Muslims in daily life for political, social, educational, business, gender relations, culture, community and public service purposes are interested in the study of contemporary Islam to be a better global citizen.
“Issues related to Islam and Muslims have local and global significance right now, so a course that deals with contemporary Islam is both timely and needed, and will contribute positively to social cohesion, community and gender relations."
“While there is a clear market for a course like this, very few universities in Australia offer graduate courses on Islam. “Only two other universities offer a Masters on Islamic Studies, but both of these are offered on campus only. CISAC’s online offering is an important feature for students who are seeking the flexibility of online studies.” The Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies is available to study over two years full-time or four years part-time and can be used as a pathway for a Higher Degree by Research in contemporary Islamic studies. CSU also offers a Graduate Diploma of Contemporary Islamic Studies (two years part-time) and a Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Islamic Studies (one year part-time). This is just one Masters program offered by CSU. Visit: csu.edu.au/courses to explore your options.
“Pressing issues of the 21st century include Islamophobia, radicalism and shariah; the study of Islam in more detail can shed light on all these issues and encourage enlightened discussion through understanding,” Zuleyha said. “The Master of Contemporary Islamic Studies will provide students with insight into traditional, spiritual and historic aspects of Islam and allow them to develop advanced knowledge about political, legal and social issues that
CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY ALUMNI