Master of Art Degrees in Islamic Studies

Compare 13 Masters of Arts in Islamic Studies

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A Master of Arts degree is often pursued to complete a higher level of intensive studies after attaining a bachelor’s degree in a chosen field. Depending on the type of curriculum, this program can take anywhere from one to three years of study.

What is an MA in Islamic Studies? This type of program concentrates on acquiring a deep understanding of the religion of Islam and utilizing that knowledge to support the needs of the international religious and cultural community. A variety of courses can be taught, including ones with a focus on cultural interaction, scientific research and inter-faith dialogue. Opportunities for further specialization are available to prepare students for work in private or public organizations.

Students that seek to obtain an MA in Islamic Studies will receive the skills to foster a dialogue within the international community to promote education and address global challenges. This type of advanced degree often offers a higher level of career opportunities from studies in theory, comparative religion and cultural interaction.

Costs of pursuing this program will vary around the globe, depending primarily on the location of the institution as well as the duration and type of the curriculum offered at the college or university. Administrative offices of the specific schools can answer questions about cost.

When an individual obtains an MA in Islamic Studies, opportunities for careers are often available in a variety of sectors. From positions in education, research, government, and private institutions, students with this type of training are in demand in many parts of the world. Additional opportunities for advanced positions can be acquired through further studies culminating in a doctor’s degree as well.

Educational institutions all over the globe offer this type of program, including some options for distance learning. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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Master of Arts in Islamic Studies

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Germany Frankfurt

The Master’s degree programme in Islamic Studies sees itself as an Islam-related discipline which connects Islamic theology with general humanities, cultural and social sciences disciplines. [+]

The Master’s degree programme in Islamic Studies sees itself as an Islam-related discipline which connects Islamic theology with general humanities, cultural and social sciences disciplines.

The goal of the research-oriented Master’s degree programme in Islamic Studies is to enable the student to undertake independent, self-sufficient research at an advanced level. The Master’s degree programme provides deepened scientific knowledge in the field of Islamic Studies in all of its variety and complexity as well the abilities to work self-sufficiently according to basic scientific principles and to use scientific methods and insights as well as to rationally reflect upon the beliefs. It provides, in detail, deeper insights into the paradigmatic, theoretical and methodical bases of the subject and exemplary problems in the areas of Koran exegesis (tafsīr), systematic theology (kalām), the culture, society and history of Islam (tarīḫ alislām) as well as a history of ideas (falsafa: philosophy, tasṣawwuf: mysticism, piety, aḫlāq:ethics).There is furthermore the opportunity given for specialised concentration on certain topic areas and for a gathering of and systematic reflection on practical experiences as well for deepening the language basics of the subject.The graduates acquire expanded competencies for later activities in academic, socio-political, cultural and religious areas.Apart from scientific young talents in university teaching and research, the Master’s degree programme in Islamic Studies also educates theologians as well as scientific specialists in the Islamic religion. The Master’s degree programme also serves as preparation for subsequent doctoral studies.Within the second year of study, a semester can be spent at a cooperating... [-]


MA in Islamic Studies

Islamic Online University
Online Full time Part time 2 - 6 years March 2019 Gambia Banjul + 1 more

The Islamic Online University (IOU) has launched the world’s first tuition-free Master’s degree in Islamic Studies program, which is offered completely online and in English as a medium of instruction. [+]

MA in Islamic Studies (MAIS)

The Islamic Online University (IOU) has launched the world’s first tuition-free Master’s degree in Islamic Studies program, which is offered completely online and in English as a medium of instruction. This is an excellent opportunity for the BA students to continue, further, and enhance their understanding and knowledge of the religion. This graduate program consists of 18 courses, three semesters of six subjects each, and the master’s thesis in the fourth semester. The regular duration of the program is two years. Nevertheless, students may complete it within one and half years minimum. One can take a maximum of six years to complete the program. In general, higher education will enable students to expand their knowledge and skills, and be more effective and eloquent in speech and writing. For those who wish to enter the working field, higher education is a great asset in acquiring valuable and respected positions. To be specific, higher education in Islamic studies will provide the opportunity to earn beneficial knowledge that will enable one—by the will and mercy of Allah—to perfect their religion, and obtain the pleasure of Allah by seeking and spreading knowledge of His religion. It is, in fact, one of the ways to gain sadaqa jariya (continuous rewards). It is evident that the more one knows, the more one can share. And the more one shares, the more one can gain which enables to reach higher levels of paradise. The knowledgeable and the ignorant is never the same... [-]


Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies (Islam in the Modern World)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Master's in Islam in the Modern World offers you an in-depth interdisciplinary academic framework to engage with topics and debates concerning Islam and modernity, both in Europe and the Muslim world. [+]

The Master's in Islam in the Modern World offers you an in-depth interdisciplinary academic framework to engage with topics and debates concerning Islam and modernity, both in Europe and the Muslim world.

Studying Islam in contemporary society

The Master's in Islam in the Modern World provides advanced knowledge in the field of Islamic studies and insight into contemporary issues related to Islam. The programme offers a unique preparation for engaging with debates and policies concerning the processes defining the place of Muslims and Islam in modern societies and is embedded in a broad range of research projects related to Islam in Europe, the historical tradition, reformism and modernity, as well as the history of Orientalism.... [-]


Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies (Religious Studies)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The one-year Master's in Religious Studies focusses on the historical roots of religious pluralism in Europe and the Mediterranean. You explore religious texts, traditions and practices, and study the theoretical issues related to religious diversity. [+]

As of the academic year 2018-2019, the University of Amsterdam offers three one-year Master's in Theology and Religious Studies:

Religious Diversity in Europe

Europe’s cultural history is characterised by religious exchange, adaptations and conflict within a global context. In this Master's programme, you will explore past and present religious diversities within and beyond their European contexts.

Islam in the Modern World

The Master's in Islam in the Modern World offers you an in-depth interdisciplinary academic framework to engage with topics and debates concerning Islam and modernity, both in Europe and the Muslim world.

Western Esotericism

The Master's programme Western Esotericism puts you at the vanguard of a new and exciting development in the study of Western culture and religion by focusing on the critical historical and analytical study of its esoteric movements.... [-]


MA Muslim Minorities in a Global Context (Online Learning)

SOAS University of London
Online Full time 2 years April 2019 United Kingdom London

This new programme gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts. You will explore key themes such as ethnicity, gender, and the varieties of religious interpretations and practices that have resulted in issues and challenges arising uniquely within different Muslim minority communities. [+]

Overview

Duration: 2 years

Start of programme: April / October

Mode of Attendance: Online

What are the challenges faced by Muslim minority communities and their host societies? What are the debates surrounding the place of religious minorities in secular societies?

Recent political shifts in Muslim majority countries have put Muslim minorities in the spotlight and impacted upon their relationship with their host societies. This programme gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts.

You will explore the varieties of religious interpretations and practices that have resulted in issues and challenges arising uniquely within different Muslim minority communities and the key themes of:... [-]


MA Islamic Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA offers the students the opportunity to concentrate on the Qur'an, the Hadith and other Islamic texts, and so provides a unique training in the translation of Islamic religious material. The degree is designed to benefit academics, teachers of Islam in other institutions, translators of Islamic material into English in research centres, government departments and da'wa centres. It provides excellent research training and is a useful qualification for those who wish to progress to higher postgraduate degrees. [+]

MA Islamic Studies

Duration: One calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours BA (or equivalent) in Arabic. An upper second class honours BA / BSc degree in any other subject is an acceptable qualification providing it is accompanied by the required level of Arabic language: students should be able to read and understand original Classical Arabic texts, such as Qur'an, Hadith, Tafsir, Sirah, Fiqh.

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA offers the students the opportunity to concentrate on the Qur'an, the Hadith and other Islamic texts, and so provides a unique training in the translation of Islamic religious material. The degree is designed to benefit academics, teachers of Islam in other institutions, translators of Islamic material into English in research centres, government departments and da'wa centres. It provides excellent research training and is a useful qualification for those who wish to progress to higher postgraduate degrees.... [-]


MA Islamic Societies and Cultures

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This MA programme studies many aspects of the world of Islam, from its early development to its modern trends. Its primary objective is to approach the study of Islam through a variety of disciplines, cultural contexts and periods. The programme examines Islamic tradition, law and art, as well as the place of Islam in modern politics and alongside other religions. The degree may be considered as a preparation for research or as a way of completing a liberal education. [+]

MA Islamic Societies and Cultures

Duration: One calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Subjects Preferred: Applicants are not required to have previous academic experience of this subject, although a strong interest in Islamic societies and cultures is of course expected.

Start of programme: September intake only

This MA programme studies many aspects of the world of Islam, from its early development to its modern trends. Its primary objective is to approach the study of Islam through a variety of disciplines, cultural contexts and periods. The programme examines Islamic tradition, law and art, as well as the place of Islam in modern politics and alongside other religions. The degree may be considered as a preparation for research or as a way of completing a liberal education. Each module has its own series of classes and seminars, and in addition, students attend general lectures and seminars organised by the Middle East Centre. In most modules, there is one two-hour class each week. This may be an informal lecture followed by a discussion or a student presentation. At Masters level, there is particular emphasis on seminar work where students may be expected to make full-scale presentations for units they take. The dissertation is on an approved topic linked to one of the taught modules.... [-]


MA in Islamic Law

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Islamic Law allows students to study Islamic law and its application in a broad range of legal areas, including Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic family law, Law of Islamic finance and human rights, as well as its relationship to society in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. [+]

MA in Islamic Law

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in Islamic Law allows students to study Islamic law and its application in a broad range of legal areas, including Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic family law, Law of Islamic finance and human rights, as well as its relationship to society in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners in their specialised fields.... [-]


MA in Islamic Studies

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme offers a flexible framework within which you can develop knowledge and skills in Islamic Studies in historical and/or contemporary contexts, and provides an ideal foundation for further research. [+]

This programme offers a flexible framework within which you can develop knowledge and skills in Islamic Studies in historical and/or contemporary contexts, and provides an ideal foundation for further research.

You will have the opportunity engage with material that is at the forefront of contemporary academic research in Islamic Studies, and explore a range of topics in Islamic Studies that reflect the expertise of academic staff: this may typically include content with historical, sociological, contextual, legal, textual or philosophical emphases.

The programme combines a set of core modules to provide you with a foundation for your studies with a range of options which allow you to specialise in areas of particular interest.... [-]


M.A. in Arabic & Islamic Studies

Georgetown University - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 USA Washington + 1 more

The Arabic and Islamic Studies M.A. program at Georgetown seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of classical and modern Islamic thought and to provide an understanding of Arabophone culture and intellectual history in the pre-modern and modern periods. With a special emphasis on Arabic textual traditions, the program offers graduate training in the study of the languages, literature, and thought of the Islamic world, and introduces students to scholarly approaches to the study of Islam. [+]

The Arabic and Islamic Studies M.A. program at Georgetown seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of classical and modern Islamic thought and to provide an understanding of Arabophone culture and intellectual history in the pre-modern and modern periods. With a special emphasis on Arabic textual traditions, the program offers graduate training in the study of the languages, literature, and thought of the Islamic world, and introduces students to scholarly approaches to the study of Islam.

Entering students are required to have Arabic language competence equivalent to at least that attained by the end of the third year of intensive language study in the undergraduate program at Georgetown University. In the first week of their first academic year, students who are non-native Arabic speakers are required to take an Arabic language exam administered by the department.... [-]


Master of Arts in Islamic Studies

Hamad bin Khalifa University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Qatar Doha

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 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.... [-]


Master of Arts in Muslim Cultures

The Aga Khan University: ​​Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom London

Based in central London, the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) two-year MA Programme offers a distinctive way of understanding Muslim civilisations as they have evolved over time; stresses the plurality and complexity of past and present Muslim cultures, studying them as part of world cultures; employs the tools of the social sciences and humanities as a framework for learning... [+]

Based in central London, the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) two-year MA Programme offers:

A distinctive way of understanding Muslim civilisations as they have evolved over time. Stresses the plurality and complexity of past and present Muslim cultures, studying them as part of world cultures. Employs the tools of the social sciences and humanities as a framework for learning.

Within the disciplines of social sciences and humanities, our students study a number of subjects including, development studies, economics, political science, art, architecture, history, literature, comparative religion and law.

The MA programme consists of a number of core and elective courses which includes a field-based Language Immersion Programme (Arabic, Persian or Turkish), a Communications and Leadership Programme as well as fieldwork which contributes to a dissertation.... [-]


MA in Arab and Islamic Studies

Aarhus University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Denmark Aarhus

Islam is Denmark’s – and indeed Western Europe’s – second-largest religion. The days are gone when it made sense to study the Arab and Islamic worlds as a distant ‘other.’ Arab communities are to be found within Europe as well as in the Arab world, and Islam is now a Western religion as well as an Arab one. [+]

Focusing on islam as a transnational reality Globalised and transnational Islam

Islam is Denmark’s – and indeed Western Europe’s – second-largest religion. The days are gone when it made sense to study the Arab and Islamic worlds as a distant “other”. Arab communities are to be found within Europe as well as in the Arab world, and Islam is now a Western religion as well as an Arab one. The MA in Arab and Islamic Studies therefore focuses on today’s globalised and transnational realities and on Islam and Muslims in Europe as well as in the Arab world.

A transdisciplinary, research-based teaching environment

The MA in Arab and Islamic Studies is taught by faculty members from the Arab and Islamic Studies Research Network, a transdisciplinary research unit for all Aarhus University scholars interested in Islamic cultures and societies both within the Islamic world and transregionally. The research unit aims to provide a stimulating research milieu for both senior and junior researchers by promoting discussion and exchange as well as arranging events.... [-]