Course Description:

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the various sects and groups that exist within Islam. The course takes an analytical and historical approach to the study of Muslim schools, groups and sects, including the mainstream Sunni schools of thought and minority sects, such as the Rebels (Kharijites), Mutazilites, and Shiites (including Zaydis and Isma’ili). Through comparative analysis, students will gain a deep understanding of the origins, beliefs, and socio-historical contexts that shaped the development and beliefs of these sects. Additionally, the course will explore the significant figures and events that influenced their beliefs.

Course Code: AQE302

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: AQE101

Learning Objectives:


By the end of the course, students will be able to:


  • Identify the major schools of thought and sects within Islam.
  • Compare and contrast the fundamental beliefs and practices of different Muslim sects.
  • Analyze the historical and social context of the development of different Muslim sects.
  • Evaluate and critique different interpretations and approaches within Muslim sects.
  • Discuss the relevance and significance of studying Muslim sects in contemporary times.
  • Develop research skills by engaging with primary and secondary sources in the study of Muslim sects.
  • Critically reflect on the impact of Muslim sects on Islamic theology and practice.
  • Use learning resources for researching and completing assignments.
  • Integrate course content with other learning and experiences to promote life-long learning.
  • Apply course content to the student’s Islamic faith development and practice