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What is A Level Islamic Studies?
Islamic Studies is the exploration of the history, culture and writings that have shaped Islam from its beginnings to the present day. You will understand how the Islamic faith has evolved over the centuries, the people and texts that have influenced Islamic thought, the fundamental principles of Islamic law and common Islamic practices and beliefs. This includes the variation between the different sects of Islam (such as Sunni and Shia).
The broad range of subjects included in Islamic studies means that you are studying history, politics, current affairs, philosophy and geography among other topics. By the time you have completed the syllabus, you should have a good understanding of Islam and therefore be able to discuss it in depth. You will be able to critically approach fundamental aspects of religious thought and practice, filtered through the specific history and beliefs of Islam.
Why study A Level Islamic Studies?
Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, with only Christianity having more followers. This means that over one billion people follow Islamic teachings, and to understand and interact with them, it is helpful to understand their belief systems.
Studying Islam can help you to become more open-minded and to develop an understanding of different faiths and cultures, not just Islam. It will be useful if you want to travel or work in areas with a large Islamic population. It can also help you more generally develop your analytical and critical thinking skills.
Requirements of A Level Islamic Studies
You do not need to have studied Islam previously if you want to embark on an Islamic Studies A Level. Instead, you should focus on achieving good GCSE results in a wide range of topics. It may be useful to focus on subjects that have relevance to Islamic Studies, such as religious studies or history. The most important thing is a genuine interest in Islam and a willingness to be open-minded about the topics you will explore.
Assessment of A Level Islamic Studies
Assessment in the Islamic Studies A Level is primarily exam-based. You may have to sit multiple papers, choosing questions from a variety of topics such as the origins of Islam, Islamic dynasties, the Qur’an (including specific surahs), beliefs and practices, varieties in Islamic belief, religious thought, Islamic law and Islam in the modern world (including its relationships with other religions such as Judaism and Christianity).
To answer these questions, you will need good basic knowledge of the texts and subjects you have studied. You must be able to understand the relevance of those texts and subjects and then express your understanding clearly and logically in a well-argued essay. Your ability to meet these criteria will be used as the basis of your mark.
Progression after A Level Islamic Studies
The study of Islam at A Level can help to prepare you for higher education at university. The skills you gain will be useful whether you wish to focus further on Islam or embark upon a more general course of study. It could also help you attain employment in a relevant field, such as politics, or if you wish to travel in the Middle East, Africa or other parts of Asia.
How The Profs can help with your A Level Islamic Studies
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You can not only improve your fundamental understanding of Islamic Studies, but also improve your confidence and relieve some of the strain of studying. This will also help you attain wider goals such as attending university or securing your ideal job.