Intellectual Foundations of the Modern World

Course Code Year Term Course Group Credits
IRL-611 1 Spring Contemporary Context 3


This course explores the rise of the modern worldview by acquainting students with the main intellectual, scientific and social developments that led from the European Renaissance of the 14th and 15th centuries to the contemporary age of postmodernism. Students will read selected primary texts as well as analytical works by contemporary scholars of modernity. By the end of the course, students will have a firm grasp of the fundamental shifts in perspective that led from the Christian Middle Ages to the current age of secular modernity, with an emphasis on the critical evaluation of these trends from an Islamic perspective.

“My experience with BIS has been transformative. I have had direct access to scholars and their knowledge, alhamdulillah in a way I have never experienced before. We’ve deeply explored the Muslim experience academically, challenging many of my previously held beliefs and narratives. I am forever grateful to BIS, the scholars and the organizers for this experience”.

Nuha Muntasser, Student