Courses Catalogue

Islamic Theology And Principles

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Arts (Secondary), B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

PREREQUISITES:          None


 The content and structure of Islamic belief, as elaborated by Muslim classical thinkers (7th-15th centuries), in relation to a selection of representative texts is critical for Islamic Religious Education Teachers


This course examines the origins and development of Islamic theology within the broader context of the Islamic intellectual tradition. It defines Islamic theology discusses its relation to Western and particularly Greek philosophy. In addition, the course also analyzes the development of Islamic theology, Kalam, and introduces the most important schools of theology and their most pertinent figures. This course challenges the commonly held view that Islamic philosophy ended with Ibn Rush (d.1198), and demonstrates that the Islamic philosophical tradition continued and even flourished in other parts of the Islamic world outside the Arab world in the contemporary period. The development of philosophy and theology with particular emphasis on major currents and schools such as the Peripatetic and Illuminationist Schools and Ash‘arism will be discussed. The relationship between philosophy and Sufism along with the interaction between philosophy and theology will also be examined. Major heological groups in Uganda, their causes, consequences and solutions are also discussed.



The course aims to enable student teachers to develop knowledge and appreciation of  the nature and modalities of theology in Islam, the origins and growth of the science of Kalâm in its interaction with the other major religious disciplines of Sunnism -- exegesis, Prophetic tradition, jurisprudence, sects, Sufism and philosophy (falsafa). In addition the course will enable students to analyse the Creed more theoretically in its major components: the lordship and divinity of God, the mediation of the Messenger, the servitude and ethics of the believers. Society offers a last avenue for enquiry, in so far as it was shaped by particular theological doctrines. The Way/Law (sharî‘a), power, love, innovation, and alterity -- religious or other -- are among the topics envisaged.


By end of the course unit, students should be able to:

  • Describe the various meanings/names given to Islamic theoogy and the various types or kinds of Islamic theology
  • Outline the sources and the historical development of Islamic theology.
  • Describe the origin of Islamic theology, the early theilogical questions and the quranic middle position in Kalam as well as the factors for its rise.
  •  Identify major schools of theology and their most pertinent figures as well as their main ideas and learn the most important issues in the field between 640-and the present.
  • Identify and describe the common Muslim theologians in respective schools
  • Identify and describe the conteorary Muslim theological groups such as the Shia, Ahmadiyya and the Sunni; outline their major teachings and contrust them.
  • Identify the contemporary theologival groups in Uganda
  • Account for heological diversity in Uganda, state the consequences and solutions