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Doctoral Program in Islamic Studies and Contemporary Society Issues

Islamic Studies are characterized by a solid connection to intricate human issues because they aspire to investigate issues revolving around Man and his interactions with himself, his surroundings and the Creator. Muslim scholars, throughout the ages, have always observed the latest developments that influence these interactions in a way or another, lead to the development of Islamic societies and the evolution of the intellectual, educational, social, political, economic development as well as that of relations with non-Muslim communities. Therefore, they understand all the above mentioned interactions with diligence, creativity, intellectual and Fiqh innovation. They also preserve their views about these interactions in their diverse scientific works such as interpretations (tafasiir), Sunnah explanations, Fiqh and Fatawa books, Fikr books, specialized dissertations and the like.

It is of Sharia obligation and civilization necessity that Olamaa and specialized researchers pursue what scientific ancestors started be it the focus on society issues, assimilate the latest developments anywhere and anytime, so as to keep pace with the evolution of Islamic Studies in Muslim societies and contribute to their orientation and protection. This needs the training of a generation of researchers who appreciate the value of this message.

The Doctoral program extends over three years and includes six semesters as follows:

  • Two primary semesters that provide basic training and are relevant to the nature of the doctorate.
  • Four semesters for the thesis.

The Doctoral program consists of 10 courses over a time schedule of 30 hours divided into two semesters, in addition to the hours devoted to the thesis (36 credit hours) over four semesters.

Doctoral Program in Islamic Studies and Contemporary Society Issues

Program Goals

  • Raise awareness to the Islamic law characteristics that encompass the renewable issues of society.
  • Deepen the knowledge of Olamaa’s efforts to assimilate their social issues over time and space.
  • Produce a generation of researchers that appreciate the value of diligence and innovation, and are able to apply them in their own eras.
  • Rehabilitation of an elite group of graduates responsible for the renewal of Islamic studies and continuous innovation in their sciences.
  • Orienting research in Islamic Studies to focus on the diverse, contemporary society issues.

Students are expected after passing this program to be able to:

  • Have knowledge of viable, applicable theory and be able to find appropriate solutions to the issues of the day.
  • Bear responsibility in task management and apply their knowledge and skills.
  • Embody the Islamic approach in their behavior and work on the development of Islamic knowledge.
  • Master the skills of critical thinking and analysis with a persistent pursuit to attain professional development and continuous learning.
  • Adopt and apply Fiqh law to the rising issues according to the law and purposes of Shariah in order to find solutions to contemporary issues.
  • Communicate and interact positively with the local and foreign communities using different tools without compromising religious and national affiliation.
  • Own a balanced thinking methodology that protects them from fanaticism and extremism.
  • Develop a scientific and academic personality that contributes to the teaching and supervision at universities and research centers and adds to the national load of science and knowledge.
  • Affect others’ thoughts with proof and evidence and correct erroneous thought and refute suspicions.
  • Develop diligence to settle disputes and issues that rise in society and issue decrees therein in accordance with the purposes of the Sharia and regulations of Fatwas.