Master of Arts in Islamic Studies | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
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Master of Arts in Islamic Studies

A strong multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate program enabling students to specialize in one of a five concentrations within the field of modern Islamic scholarship.

The Master of Arts in Islamic Studies offers students a unique opportunity to enjoy a strong multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate education across a range of core subjects, while also enabling them to pursue specialist study in one of a range of important areas within the field of modern Islamic scholarship.

  • The program is tailored to examine traditional Islamic knowledge and place such knowledge in the context of the challenges faced in modern society.
  • Although Islamic Studies is a discipline that is widely taught in universities across the world, the blended combination of specialties and research offered at HBKU is unique. 

NOTE: Foundation and Core courses are taught in either English or Arabic, depending on the concentration the student chooses, and candidates for this degree must choose the concentration no later than the completion of the first semester. Students demonstrating language proficiency in either Arabic or English may select concentrations taught in their language of proficiency. Students demonstrating proficiency in Arabic and English may select any of the available concentrations in this degree program.


Program Focus

The MA in Islamic Studies program covers Islamic knowledge sources and addresses the role they play in understanding and addressing pressing issues in the contemporary world.

The program uniquely focuses on teaching the skills required to produce graduates with exceptional knowledge of Islam in the modern context and significant critical ability. It develops graduates who can practice the values of moderation and understanding in order to respond positively to the modern challenges of pluralism and globalization.

Foundation and Core courses are taught in either English or Arabic, depending on the concentration the student chooses, and candidates for this degree must choose the concentration no later than the completion of the first semester. Students demonstrating language proficiency in either Arabic or English may select concentrations taught in their language of proficiency. Students demonstrating proficiency in Arabic and English may select any of the available concentrations in this degree program.

Curriculum

A 36-credit degree program taught over 2 years that includes:

  • A two-course Program Foundation in

    • Islamic Thought
    • Islamic Ethics
  • Two Program Core Courses in

    • Research Methods
    • Quranic and Hadith Studies
  • A choice of five different concentrations:

    • Two of the concentrations are taught in Arabic
    • Contemporary Fiqh
    • Contemporary Quranic Studies
  • The other three concentrations are taught in English:

    • Islamic Thought and Applied Ethics
    • Comparative Religions
    • Islamic Civilization and Societies
  • A nine-credit thesis in the area of each student’s concentration

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