The Iqbal Centre supports undergraduates wishing to undertake research in Muslim reformist thought and the study of contemporary Islam in Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. Undergraduates within AIMES, as well as others who demonstrate the requisite level of Arabic language competency, can also benefit from the ‘Amīmiyya Seminars (learn about these here) and develop essential translation and interpretative skills required for the study of classical Islamic texts.
Previous undergraduate dissertations completed under the supervision of Centre staff include:
- ‘To what extent does a workable modern Islam necessitate detachment from politics if it is to be accepted under the Western paradigm?’ .
- ‘Vegetarianism in the Qur’an’ .
- ‘An assessment of the claim “the Qur’an is a patriarchal text”’ .
- ‘Is there parity in Khula’ and divorce in Muslim family law?’ .
- ‘Qur’an, history and myth: a mythopoeic reading of Qur’anic parables’ .
- ‘A critical analysis and comparative study of classical, neo-traditional and modern interpretations of the Hijab’ .
- ‘Reformation of Islamic Law: a study into the legal theory of 14th century jurist Abu Ishaq al-Shatibi’ .
- ‘Holy Intermediaries, Pious Mendicants and Wandering Mystic Minstrels; Religious Syncretism and Synthesis In Bangladesh’ .
The following modules, offered within Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES), approach the study of Islam from both a critical and reformist approach: