Master of Arts in Islam and Global Affairs
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Master of Arts in Islam and Global Affairs

Master of Arts in Islam and Global Affairs

The Master of Arts in Islam and Global Affairs (IGA) is a one-of-a-kind 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 a transdisciplinary perspective.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

The program encourages students to be active, autonomous, and critical contributors in their chosen field of research. Through research and integrative lab assignments, students are able to explore complex, interconnected global issues in collaboration with local and global organizations. Graduates of this program will possess the skills to become multidimensional global ethical leaders who can assume key roles in governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well private, local, and international entities. 

Students of the program will analyze how Islam promotes a concern for human well-being and dignity on a global level. They will develop a deeper understanding of how the values of Islamic teachings promote peace and cooperation across cultures, religions, and ethnicities.

 


Program Focus

The purpose of the Master of Arts in IGA is to provide opportunities to examine issues pertaining to Islam and global developments by utilizing innovative pedagogies. The program offers traditional and disruptive learning tools, techniques, and methods to study the complex relationships between Islam and society in the Muslim world and globally. The student-centered approach and individualized learning experience embodies a global focus, interdisciplinary approach, and practical scope, through the utilization of the following creative components:

  • Modules: Students select a module that best suits their interests and work with faculty members and the program coordinator to tailor aspects of their elective courses.
  • Integrative Lab (I-Lab): Students are supported with creative design, thinking tools, and production platforms. I-Labs provide personalized working spaces and international exposure to enable them to work on a global problem and identify ways to tackle it.

 

Curriculum

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

  • Program Foundation Courses (6 Credits)

    • Islamic Ethics
    • Islamic Thought
  • Core Courses (12 Credits)

    • Global Inequalities
    • Introduction to Islam and Global Affairs
    • Research Methods
    • Theories and Practices of Peace Studies
  • A choice of 2 modular electives out of 6 options (6 credits)

    • Global Development and Human Security
    • Global Diplomacy
    • International Muslim Organizations
    • Islam and Conflict Transformation
    • Muslim Societies and the West
    • War and Peace in Islam
  • I-Lab (3 Credits)

  • Thesis (9 Credits)

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Introduction to Islam and Global Affairs

This course introduces the fundamental theories and concepts in understanding the nexus of Islam and global affairs. The course presents a framework for understanding, practicing, and evaluating development, peacebuilding, human rights, governance and institutional reform, sustainability, global health, and related areas. It will begin by examining both the Western and Islamic theories and conceptual frameworks and provide a cross-disciplinary examination of issues central to global affairs, with a particular grounding in theories of international relations.

Theories and Practices of Peace Studies

This course introduces students to the theories and practices of peace studies. It examines various theoretical and conceptual frameworks that shape the field and assesses their applicability within different contexts. The course also highlights critical issues that are directly related to the practices of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. This course introduces students to the theories and practices of peace studies. It examines various theoretical and conceptual frameworks that shape the field and assesses their applicability within different contexts. The course also highlights critical issues that are directly related to the practices of peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Global Development & Human Security

This course examines the evolution of human security as a concept distinct from national security and explores how transnational actors— from global elites to NGOs, intergovernmental organizations to supranational bodies — work together to promote global development and human security. The course emphasizes particular attention to contemporary issues in human security and uses case studies to familiarize students with theories, concepts and ideas as well as their application in the modern world. This course examines the evolution of human security as a concept distinct from national security and  explores how transnational actors—from global elites to NGOs, intergovernmental organizations to supranational bodies— work together to promote global development and human security. The course emphasizes particular attention to contemporary issues in human security and uses case studies to familiarize students with theories, concepts and ideas as well as their application in the modern world.

International Muslim Organizations

The course introduces students to the structures and actors of international Muslim organizational work against the background of the emergence of world polity structures since the early 20th century. It surveys the development of multilateral cooperation structures such as the United Nation and its affiliates and the range of Muslim organizational work ranging from international cooperation in different fields to educational and relief organizations. 

Global Diplomacy

The course provides an introduction to theories and practice of global diplomacy. It is divided into two parts. The first part provides an introduction into theories of diplomacyand the theory of international negotiations. The second part deals with the practice of diplomacy and negotiations. The course provides a discussion of global issues and current world problems, such as peace and security, climate change and multilateral development. 

Muslim Societies and the West

This course focuses on the reciprocal discovery between Muslim societies and the West and the impact of the interaction between the two cultures at different historical junctures. It is divided into three parts: encounters, accounts, and contemporary issues. This course focuses on the reciprocal discovery between Muslim societies and the West and the impact of the interaction between the two cultures at different historical junctures. It is divided into three parts: encounters, accounts, and contemporary issues.

Islam and Conflict Transformation

This course introduces Islam and conflict transformation by providing a framework for academic and personal exploration of Islam and peace-building. By exposing students to views from contemporary peace researchers and Islamic perspectives, the course seeks to stimulate understanding of the role of Islam in creating peaceful environment. 

War and Peace in Islam

Islamic scholars developed a body of literature relating to issues of peaceful relations and coexistence, and the limits on the use of force, justification and conduct of war. Misinterpretations have led in contemporary times to the rise of violent confrontations that ignore the obligation to promote peace. The course examines both theories and practices relating to the issues of war and peace in Islam.

Thesis

Integrative Lab

Under the supervision of a faculty member, each student is assigned to work in collaboration with a local or international organization or a similar entity and conduct research that is useful for the thesis project undertaken.