REL4510 – Topics in Islamic Studies I

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Topic spring 2019: Islam in fiction

This course focuses on one or more central topics in the field of Islamic studies. These topics are related to past or ongoing research activities in the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages. They may include topics such as Islam in cultural productions, Islam and politics, Islam in Europe, Islamism and secularism, violent Islamist movements, Islam and gender, Islam and economics, etc.

The specific topic of the course will be announced before the semester starts. This course does not overlap with MES4560 - Topics in Islamic Studies II.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will

  • have developed an understanding of and ability to articulate major themes within a specialized field
  • be able to apply theoretical concepts to the subject matter
  • have the ability to critically assess scholarly literature and primary texts
  • have undertaken an individual study in the form of an essay which reflects understanding of the learning objectives mentioned above


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Registered MA-student.


Teaching is given in the form of lectures and seminars. Attendance is compulsory, 8 of 10 lectures/seminars. The students are expected to come to class well prepared and participate actively in the learning process.

You will have to submit a first draft of the term paper halfway through the semester in order to qualify for the final examination.

How to apply for valid absence from compulsory activities. 


Term paper, 8 - 10 pages. Detailed information on the term paper will be given by the course teacher and published on the semester page in early January.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The language of examination is English. It is generally possible to submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

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