How would one ofthe Five Pillars (otherthan the Haj) impact on the daily life ofthe practising Muslim? Would there be particular
difficulties ifthe Muslim person was living in a non-Muslim society?
Denny, FM 2005, The basic beliefs and worship practices
oflslam’, An introduction to Islam, 3rd. edn., Pearson, New Jersey, pp. 97-127.
Turner, C 2006, ‘Practice’, Islam: the basics,
Routledge, London, pp. 98-139.
Cragg, K 8. Speight, RM 1980, ‘Fulfilling the Pilgrimage’, Islam from within: anthology of religion,
Wadsworth Publishing, Belmont, pp. 58-65.
From a consideration ofthe three Readings, draw up a list ofthe key areas of common
western concern regarding the role ofwomen in Islam. ldentify in what ways the readings give a different perspective on these
Saeed, A2003, ‘Muslim women’, Islam in Australia, Allen 8. Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, pp.157-182.
Esposito, JL 8. Mogahed,
D 2007, ‘What do Women Want?’, Who speaks for Islam? What a billion Muslims really think, Gallup Press, New York, pp. 99-133.
In Reading 11.3, Olzap claims that some contemporary thinkers support the following
proposition about Islam:
There is nothing wrong with Islam itself, it is the Muslims, who cannot respond to modernity, [who] are causing
many ofthe problems.
Choose one country where Muslims are faced with the challenge of modernity as your example. Through your analysis
ofthis situation either agree or disagree with this statement.
Ozalp, M 2004,’Muslims and modern life’, Islam in the modern
world, Journalists and Writers Foundation Publications, lstanbul, pp. 93-100.
You have been asked to brief an Australian diplomat who
is about to be dispatched to Indonesia. This person will need to represent Australian interests but to be sensitive to the situation in
Indonesia. You, as an academic expert in Islamic religion, have been given this task. What would you say to the diplomat?
Johns, AH 2006, ‘lslam in South East Asia’ in LJones (ed.) The encyclopedia of religion, 2nd. ed. Macmillan, Detroit
The Economist 2008, Islam in Indonesia: where ‘soft lslam’ is on the march, vol. 386, issue 8562 (1/12/08), pp.
Doogue, G 8. Kirkwood, P 2005, ‘lslam in Indonesia: pluralism in practice’, Tomorrow’s lslam: uniting age-old beliefs and a modern
world, ABC Books, Sydney, pp. 264-295.
You have now studied lslam at some depth. You know more than most Australians about the
religion. Write a critique ofthe articles in Reading 13.1 from the Sydney Morning Herald. Which ofthem do you think to be important?
Which ofthem have missed the mark? Are there issues related to Islam in Australia that have not been covered?