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Stimulate thought and enhance understanding

No two world civilizations have been as closely intertwined in history as Islam and the West. It's a chronicle of clashes and challenges, and a host of conflicting attitudes and experiences.

Studying Islam-West relations at Griffith, you will delve into the histories, cultures and societies of the Islamic world. You'll expand your global awareness to understand a religion that influences one quarter of the globe's population in over 50 countries.

At Griffith our program is designed to stimulate thought and enhance understanding. You'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to respond to the challenges of international peace and security, migration and integration, identity and coexistence.

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Study Islam-West relations at Griffith

Learn from leading academics in the field

Our teaching staff are recognised nationally as leaders in research, including Associate Professor Halim Rane, who was named Australian Teacher of the Year 2015.

You’ll learn about Islamic beliefs and practices, origins and history, and sacred scripture. You’ll also examine the most complex debates within Islam and the West today, including contemporary Muslim thought, Islamic law, human rights, democracy, integration, jihad and conflict in the context of Islam-West relations.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake short term study tours to the Muslim-majority countries of Malaysia, Turkey and Morocco. Held over the third trimester, the Muslim Study Tour involves activities including special lectures at partner institutions and visits to historical sites and popular tourist attractions. You will also gain credit towards your degree.

5-Star Rated

Humanities and Social Sciences is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Professor Halim Rane

Associate Professor Halim Rane is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of Islamic studies. Awarded the Australian University Teacher of the Year in 2015, Professor Rane is well respected for his outstanding contributions to student learning at Griffith.

'My focus has always been on my students and the skills and knowledge they need to be competent in the field of Islam-West relations and beyond,' he says.

Halim developed the University's unique suite of Islamic studies with a contemporary, secular focus on Islam-West relations. The course also features a Muslim World Study Tour to Malaysia, Turkey, Spain and Morocco, which offers students a first-hand opportunity to engage with a diversity of people, cultures and societies with deep roots in Islamic civilisation.

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Work anywhere in the world

If you're eager to expand your cultural horizons and have the desire to work in a diverse, competitive, global environment, Griffith is the place to make a start

This degree will provide you with an insightful understanding of Islam-west relations. Griffith graduates attract keen interest from a range of employers, including government departments and agencies, and non-governmental organisations. By studying Islam-west relations you open up the prospect of challenging career possibilities to pursue anywhere in the world. You could work in multiple fields, including:

  • Government
  • Transnational corporations
  • International organisations
  • Media
  • Banking and finance
  • Cultural and non-governmental organisations

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Monday 24 February — Monday 24 February

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Friday 8 May — Saturday 9 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

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Thursday 21 May — Thursday 21 May

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

Trimester 2: Orientation

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

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