ISL312 Religious Service and Community Leadership (8)

This subject examines the concept of leadership from an Islamic perspective, taking the theological, spiritual, ethical, psychological and sociological aspects of leadership into consideration. It also takes into account the changing dynamics for Muslims in contemporary times and seeks to develop skills to deal with these changes in a constructive and proactive manner. The essential qualities required from a Muslim leader are covered, including theological reflection, ethics, spirituality, worship, welfare, education and social justice.

Subject Outlines
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Session 3 (90)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL312. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate ability to communicate Islam in a relevant and applicable manner to members of the Australian community
  • ability to lead the Australian Muslims in the communal practices of Islam
  • be able to discuss and analyse critically models of mosque management in a changing world
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of establishing intercultural and interfaith relations with members of the wider community
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the different Islamic thoughts and views held within the Muslim community
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of Australian law and society


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Importance of community in Islam
  • Principles of serving in Islam
  • Moral and legal responsibility of religious leaders
  • Fundamentals of human psychology from an Islamic perspective
  • Counselling and mentoring
  • Introduction to Australian law and society
  • Interfaith and intercultural relations
  • Principles of effective leadership in Islam
  • Rhetoric and communication
  • Understanding of mosque environment and congregational diversity
  • Leading congregational prayers, eid prayer, Jum'ah (Friday) prayer and janazah (funeral) prayer
  • Responding to religious questions


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.