The Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies is designed to prepare people to comprehend 21st century Islamic thought and practices by providing a basic understanding of Islamic cultures, history, and religion. It is also useful for developing creative strategies for bridging differences between Muslim and Western worldviews and value systems.
No prerequisites. Persons interested in this program should apply for Graduate Admission to GIAL. If previously enrolled at GIAL in anything other than “graduate admission status”, you will need to change your admission status.
Core Courses (9 credit hours)
The Certificate in Islamic Studies requires three core courses.
AC5310 Core Components of Islam. This course examines core elements of Islam – Muhammad, the Quran, Tradition, Law and their impact on worldview, values and other cultural expressions among Muslim peoples. (Recommend that this course be taken as early as possible.)
AC5316 Contextualization Issues Among Muslim Peoples (online). This course examines the nature of cross cultural service within Islamic settings, noting underlying assumptions, challenges and limitations.
AC5318 Understanding the Qur’an (online). This course examines the Qur’an’s organization, history of compilation, variant readings, major themes, approaches to interpretation, historical subtext, key and problematic texts, and an approach to reading it.
Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Two elective courses are required from among those offered by the Abraham Center.
- AC5312 Islam in the 21st Century. This course explores practical and ideological variations within Islam’s current social, political and economic life and structures.
- AC5314 Modern Islamic Religious and Political Movements. This course focuses on contemporary Islamic reform and revitalization movements and their implications for Muslim self understanding.
- AC5241 Arabic 1 (FALL)
- AC5242 Arabic 2 (SPRING)
- AC5343 Colloquial Arabic 1 (SPRING) [requires an additional language consultant fee]
- AC5309 Theology of Translation (SPRING)