The specialization attracts students who are seeking a unique opportunity to engage with a rigorous multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate training across a range of core subjects, while also enabling them to pursue a focused field of study within modern Islamic scholarship.
Students will learn how to critically approach and analyze issues related to Islam and Muslim societies, develop sophisticated and balanced arguments, and meaningfully shape discourses surrounding Islam.
The program track is structured to examine traditional Islamic knowledge and place such knowledge in the context of the challenges faced by modern society. Students explore diverse theoretical perspectives and thought traditions, such as postcolonial and decolonial thought, pluralism, scientific thought, media-driven discourses, and diaspora studies, in order to delve deeply into the complexities of contemporary debates.
The track is tailored for students who aim to advance their academic pursuit through a PhD degree and a career in academia, or for those students who look forward to employment opportunities across various sectors that can be enhanced with expertise in Islamic thought.
*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.
*The MA in Contemporary Islamic Thought offers two specializations: Contemporary Islamic Thought (taught in English) and Fiqh and Society (taught in Arabic).