Cambridge Muslim College’s BA (Hons) in Islamic Studies is a three-year degree programme rooted in authentic Islamic scholarship and engaged with the pressing issues of our time.
The Core Curriculum of the degree programme focuses on Islamic Studies through the study of classical texts, drawing most importantly on the core curriculum of the al-Fath Academy (Ma’had al-Fath) in Damascus but also on the programme at al-Azhar University.
In addition, the programme includes a set of modules in Contextual Knowledge and Skills, based on many of the elements of the College’s well-established Diploma programme. These modules are designed to enable students to think about how to contextualise and apply their learning in Islamic Studies in the most appropriate and beneficial ways.
There is currently no such course available in the UK, and its provision is a major contribution to the development of Islamic knowledge and leadership at a time of urgent need for the Muslim community.
The aims of the programme are:
- To teach students the fundamental themes of the Islamic tradition as historically interpreted by the leading scholars of mainstream Islamic thought and practice;
- To teach students how the Islamic tradition as a coherent intellectual and spiritual body of knowledge developed over time and responded to changing historical circumstances;
- In the light of this knowledge, to allow students to examine ways in which contemporary thought and society might challenge, reinforce or reshape the Islamic tradition;
- To equip students with relevant intellectual and practical skills that will help them articulate and apply their knowledge and understanding of the Islamic tradition in contemporary society.