Course: CC 501 /
The written exam
is composed of two parts. In the first part you are
expected to turn in a critical review of a film that
will be shown in class. [See below for criteria of
evaluation] The second part is a series of take-home
questions that should be handed in by Friday 18th .
I shall be in my office between
5pm and 8 pm. Before then, you may leave your exam in the Students'
Affairs Office in a large sealed
envelop addressed to me and signed, with the time and date on it .
- Wahy is usually
translated as revelation and confounded with
inspiration. In what way can this be problematic
from an Islamic point of view ? Can you define
"Wahy" and explain whether and in what way it can
be a valid source of knowledge. What kind of knowledge does
Wahy provide? What do you understand by an epistemology that
conjoins revealed knowledge and empirical knowledge?
manhaj al jam bayn-al-qira-atain?
- An integrated and holistic
perspective on life calls for a paradigm shift
that brings with it a radical revaluation of the sources
of knowledge in the modern world as well as the purpose
of knowledge. In what way does the tawhidi episteme
fulfill this condition?
- In the absence of the
vertical bearings of a culture, all sense of direction,
orientation and measure founders. Discuss the notion of culture-types
and the bearings of a culture in a practical
- Skepticism is the
inevitable outcome of a "self-sufficient knowledge": In what ways are some of our
conventional Qur'anic insights on the human condition
deepened by a critical study of our human intellectual
legacy? Conversely, how does a familiarity with trends in
a perennial debate on knowledge and values point us to
revealed knowledge as necessary arbiter and ultimate
source of guidance?
- The "cosmic
orphan" is the logical endpoint for man
in a culture that takes for its center the ideal of the
autonomous individual. Comment. (Cue: The ultimate
questions in light of different world views)
- The idea of tawhid as nodal
nexus is rooted in an understanding of knowledge and
action embedded in the Quran, exemplified in the Sunnah,
and reinforced in the practice of daily Muslim life by
virtue of the pillars of the faith. It takes
a conscious, critical reflection to see the connections,
and draw on their implications for renewing our lives as
individuals and as a community.
- Comment in light of your
How can you relate this meaning to
your own work or profession?
Choose three of the
above questions. Read carefully and think before you answer.
Wherever a term is underlined you are expected to define it,
or elaborate on the concept and meaning. Examples, practical
and from the literature you have been assigned, as well as
other literature, should be incorporated in your answers.
Answers should be between 3 5 double spaced pages.
General Guidelines on the
Foster) BASED ON THE BOOK BY CARL SAGAN)*
The objective of this exercise is
to see how far you can read a visual text in the
light of the perspectives we have addressed during the Course. It
is a practical test of how much we have learned, and how we are
able to apply what we learned. The purpose of this course is to
make us more aware: more conscious of what we know, how we know,
and how we relate what we know, or use our knowledge. It also
aimed at introducing us to new and critical perspectives drawing
on the epistemology of tawhid. How far have we become sensitized
to what tawhid means and how far has our awareness of tawhid made
us more sensitive / and more aware of the prevailing world view
identified with "modernity"?
While throughout this Course you
have worked on ideas and concepts mainly in an abstract context,
on the basis of reading printed material, and while we may have
occasionally referred to examples from life, a film brings to
life these ideas in its plot, action, characters. This is
particularly so, if the film addresses itself to some of the
perennial questions or throws light on some of the
high points of an age. The film chosen for this exercise meets
these conditions, while at the same time, it is not too difficult
For every film there is a text
and a subtext. The subtext provides a window on the
worldview and horizons of its times. The film designated for this
exercise belongs to the category of science fiction, a selection
made in view of the need to test some of the basic
epistemological themes and propositions raised during the Course.
Your review will be evaluated in the light of how far you
identify these issues, as well as on your general presentation of
the theme/ themes and arguments you make and how you can
apply course perspectives in this review.