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In this syllabus, learners will study the history and culture of Islam and key figures in the faith. They will also study and reflect upon different extracts of religious texts and have the opportunity to think about how texts relate to how Muslims think and act in everyday life today.
The content is organised in four sections in the syllabus to reflect the different emphases in the assessment. However, learners will be looking at Islam from a historical, cultural and literary viewpoint and taking the opportunity to discuss, reflect and weigh up the impact of the texts in different scenarios.
From 2023, Cambridge O Level Islamic Studies (2068) centres in Admin zones 3 and 4 will be able to enter candidates in our June exam series in addition to November. Please see our Guide to making entries in Direct for more information.
From the 2017 examination series, this syllabus will replace Cambridge O Level Islamic Religion and Culture (2056).
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020 or 2021.
Publication of grade descriptions for these syllabuses has been delayed. This is to make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the full range of candidate performance after the 2020 and 2021 series.
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This syllabus and specimen materials for first examination in 2017 have been updated. Please refer to the latest version of the syllabus (version 2) and updated specimens.