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About the College of Islamic Studies

The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) provides a unique platform that contributes to critical intellectual debates on Islam in a global context, through its blended academic programs and an immersive learning experience; as well as its distinguished research division, which includes several research centers and clusters.

The college’s graduate and PhD programs equip students with the training and skills required to pursue careers in academia and research, as well as the cultural, business, and finance sectors, through the specialized tracks that are offered and year-round development opportunities.

Students and Alumni: 

CIS’ students come from a range of academic backgrounds that are as diverse as their nationalities, strengthening the academic and cultural fabric of the college and HBKU. The programs at CIS admit students with high academic standing in related undergraduate or graduate programs. Students with relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply.

The CIS alumni community now includes more than 400 graduates representing 49 nationalities. CIS alumni have diverse career trajectories and positions in public and private sectors within Qatar, the region, and the world.

In addition, a notable number of CIS alumni have pursued their doctoral degrees at prestigious universities abroad.

Career Prospects

CIS programs offer graduates an array of career possibilities. Whether they are seeking career development opportunities or they occupy senior-level positions, CIS graduates are best equipped to tackle the challenges of a constantly evolving global world
and a rapidly changing job market.

Graduates of CIS’ programs can readily occupy positions in a range of institutions depending on their specialization and interest:

  • Government
  • NGOs and International
  • Educational and Research
  • Religious Institutions
  • Policy Institutes
  • Financial Advisory Firms
  • Central and Private Banks
  • Private Corporations
  • Media
  • Development Agencies
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Art Galleries
  • Museums and Archives
  • Architectural and Design Firms

Faculty and Research Areas:

CIS’ faculty are established experts within their respective fields who not only incorporate curriculum-based instruction, but also encourage inquiry and intellectual pursuits that extend beyond the traditional classroom. In addition, CIS’ faculty are actively engaged in conducting research and contributing to global scholarship in a wide range of research areas, inter alia, including:

  • Fiqh and society
  • Islam and modernity
  • Theological and philosophical ethics
  • Applied Islamic ethics (Islamic bioethics, migration and human rights, etc.)
  • Islamic social finance and economy
  • Green financing and impact investing
  • Fintech and digital banking
  • Islamic banking and financial markets
  • Sustainable development and faith
  • Global governance and religion
  • Preservation of heritage and cultural identity in Muslim societies
  • Trends and typologies of Islamic architecture

CIS faculty

Research Clusters:

Research clusters are designed to provide a networkbased, resource-rich environment to produce collaborative research outcomes. A total of 30 projects have been awarded research grants through the first and second cycles of the research clusters to date.

The broad, cross-disciplinary themes for the research clusters include:

Islamic Finance and Moral Economy
Explores the relationships between the Islamic faith, the economic phenomenon, moral economies, and technological developments such as fintech, blockchain, and digital financing, within the Islamic finance industry.

Religion, Science and Education
Critically analyzes some of the most pressing issues regarding science education in contemporary Muslim societies, and generates approaches and recommendations to address them.

Islam, Civilization, and History
Explores Islamic civilizational aspects in order to develop further the understanding of the Islamic contribution to human civilization.

Sustainable Development
Hosts theoretical debates and practical discussions revolving around institutional dynamics, contextual barriers, and other factors that affect sustainable development within the Muslim world.

Islam and Global Affairs
Explores the solutions that Islam provides to the issues, which affect humanity globally.

Religion and Innovation
Addresses the 21st-century challenges and their impact on Islamic jurisprudence and the development of innovative Islamic solutions that meet the needs of Muslims in their daily lives.

Identity and Urban Life 
Brings together contemporary theoretical and critical discourses in relation to the identity and urban life, while highlighting the overlap of Islamic values, Muslim identities, and urbanization.

Applied Ethics 
Focuses on the practical application of ethical concepts, particularly those emanating from Islamic sources, to address contemporary moral and ethical dilemmas.

CIS Programs: 

The PhD in Islamic Finance and Economy is an innovative multidisciplinary program that provides students with the required analytical and research skills to understand, analyze, and interpret the workings of the rapidly expanding Islamic financial services and market sectors, and to tackle their emerging challenges and opportunities.

The MA in Contemporary 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 a specialization in one important area within the field of modern Islamic scholarship.

The MS in Islamic Finance is a specialized program that teaches qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis in both Islamic and conventional finance.

This popular master’s program is one of an extremely limited number of top-tier specialized Islamic Finance programs globally.

The MS in Islamic Art, Architecture and Urbanism is a multidisciplinary program conducted in collaboration with the University of Oxford in the UK. It aims to equip future designers, curators, and historians with a critical and informed understanding of Islamic art and architecture, in order to create and publish socially relevant material that promotes self-identity in the region.

The MA in Islam and Global Affairs (IGA) is a one-of-akind program that provides an opportunity to analyze the place of Islam in the context of global affairs, and the interconnected challenges facing global Muslim communities from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The first program of its kind worldwide, the MA in Applied Islamic Ethics addresses how Islam, as a world religion with a rich moral heritage, engages with and contributes to global moral discourses. Its strong interdisciplinary character combines in-depth knowledge of both theoretical and applied ethics rooted in the Islamic tradition.