Master of Arts in Contemporary Islamic Studies | HBKU

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Master of Arts in Contemporary Islamic Studies

Master of Arts in Contemporary Islamic Studies

A strong multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate program enabling students to specialize in one of two major specializations within the field of modern Islamic scholarship.


The Master of Arts (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 program is tailored to examine traditional Islamic knowledge and place such knowledge in the context of the challenges faced by modern society.

Islamic Studies is a discipline that is widely taught in universities across the world. However, the blended combination of specialties and research offered at HBKU is especially unique.

Program Focus

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

The program focuses on teaching the skills required to produce graduates with exceptional knowledge of Islam in the modern context and significant critical thinking.

It develops graduates who can practice the values of moderation and gain an understanding of present-day challenges that have grown more complex as a result of pluralism and globalization.


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

  • Three foundation courses (9 credits)

    • Foundations of Islamic Thought
    • Contemporary Qur'anic and Hadith Studies 
    • Applied Research Methodologies in Islamic Studies
  • A choice of two specializations (9 credits)

    • Fiqh and Society (taught in Arabic) 
      • Non-textual Legal Sources
      • Fatwa, Family and Society
      • Politics and the State 
    • Contemporary Islamic Thought (taught in English)
      • Islam and Modernity
      • Islamic Thought and Postcolonial Studies
      • Islamic Law and Society
  • Three elective courses (9 credits)*

  • Thesis (9 credits)

  • *Students can select up to three elective courses from the range of options offered within each specialization.
    Students also have the option of selecting one elective course from the CIS catalog.

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