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.
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.
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
Admission & Application Requirements
Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Islamic Studies should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution. They must also have a strong undergraduate academic record. Applicants who wish to pursue the Contemporary Fiqh or Contemporary Quranic Studies concentration should have a bachelor’s degree in Sharia, Islamic Studies, or a related area.
Applicants who intend to pursue a concentration in Islamic Thought and Applied Ethics, Comparative Religions, or Islamic Civilization and Societies are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants can be exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:
- The applicant completed their undergraduate studies at an institution in a country where English is the native language.
- The applicant provides an official letter from the university where they completed their undergraduate studies confirming that they obtained their degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English (if not otherwise exempt).
- The applicants’ first language is English.
Applicants who intend to pursue a concentration in Contemporary Fiqh or Contemporary Quranic Studies must demonstrate proficiency in Arabic through previous studies (e.g. completing an undergraduate degree in which the language of instruction was Arabic or by completing a proficiency examination offered by CIS).