The Professional Diploma in Islamic Studies has been designed for international students who wish to study Islamic culture. It covers studies from three essential Islamic Fields: law, philosophy, history, and Islamic civilization. There are five subjects to be taught over a period of one year, divided into two semesters.
- Introduction to Islamic Studies
- Sciences of the Qur'an and Prophetic Tradition
- History of Islamic Law
- Islamic Family law and its Modern Reforms
- Islamic Philosophy: Methodologies and Construction
- Intellectual Approaches in Islam
- Sufism and Ethics
- Introduction to Islamic History
- Islamic Historiography
- Islamic Political Thought
Introduction to Islamic Studies
The aim of this course is to acquaint students with the basic fields of Islamic studies and to point out the mutual relationships between these fields. It also aims at examining the terminology of the different domains of Islamic studies. This course is a prerequisite of other Islamic courses.
Sciences of the Qur'an and Prophetic Tradition
The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to the two basic sources of Islamic civilization and culture. The course deals with the essential sciences and concepts relates to the history of the texts of the Qur'an and sunna such as the documentation and collection of the Qur'an, Meccan and Medinan revelations, various readings and abrogation, as well as the narration of the sunna and its various categories.
Sciences of the Qur'an & Prophetic Tradition
The course also deals with the various approaches of Qur'anic interpretation as well as the most authentic collections of the traditional works of the Sunna and their credibility. It will focus on certain themes and contents found in these two sources, including Islamic belief, morality and laws. Students will be required to read passages from the Qur'an and Sunna in the field of law, and to consult the original sources.
The approach of this course will be based on the discussion of both Muslim and Western scholars in this field.
Islamic Family Law & Its Modern Reforms
This course is designed to offer students a deep understanding of Islamic family law through studying and discussing the theoretical framework of the main Sunni and Shiite schools of Islamic Jurisprudence, the ideas and methodologies of Islamic family law and their historical change and developments. The main focus of the course will be on the implementation of these laws in modern times and the reforms introduced throughout the Muslim world.
Sufism and Ethics
This course discusses the concept and rise of Islamic mysticism (Sufism). It points out the main features of Sufi education such as Reality, Sainthood and Tawhid. It will also discuss the Islamic ethics and their relationship with belief and behavior. It also examines the main different approaches of Islamic ethical thought.
Students will be exposed to the ideas expressed by the great mystics and ethical philosophers, such as al – Junayd, al – Muhasibi, Ibn Arabi, Jalal al – Din al Rumi and Ibn Misqawagh.
Introduction to Islamic History
This course deals, briefly, with the history of the Muslim world right from the rise of Islam to the present. It aims at drawing the main historical framework of this long period, and pointing out the major political, social and cultural developments during its different stages. Attention should be drawn, throughout the semester, to the important references of the different topics of this course, and students should be encouraged to consult them.
This course discusses the rise and developments of historical writings in Islam – it aims at pointing out the major schools in the field of Islamic historiography and highlighting the basic characteristics and approaches of these schools.
The main issues of this course will be presented and illustrated through practical examples from major sources.
Islamic Political Thought
This course examines the origins of Islamic political thought in the Qur'an and Sunna. It aims at acquainting students with the rise and developments of Islamic political thought.
This will be achieved through discussing such topics as the relationship between Islam and politics, the rise of the Muslim state, the emergence of the caliphal system, the main political parties and their views, the relationship between the ruler and the ruled, and last but not least, the foundations of Islamic political system. References to historical events will be sometimes necessary for illustrating certain important issues.