The Programmes of ‘Islamic Studies’ were established in 2017 under Department of Arabic in the school of Islamic Studies and Languages. The Programmes offered are post-graduate, M. Phil., & Ph. D. Programmes.
‘Islamic Studies’ is an integrated academic discipline, aims at the study of revealed sources of knowledge (the Quran & the Sunnah), rich heritage of Islamic civilization and culture (spiritual, intellectual, scientific and social), contemporary Muslim world, comparative religion and Islamic jurisprudence based on the principles of social justice, human rights and universal brotherhood.
The thrust areas include Islamic History, Islamic Religious Sciences (Quran, Hadith & Fiqh), Spirituality in Islam, Study of World’s Major Religions, Muslim Philosophy and Islam in the Modern world (Thinkers and Movements).
Islamic Studies is a subject which attempts to study the whole range of Islamic Civilization and culture. Its main interests include, besides the religion of Islam, such topics as the socio-economic, structure, development of various sciences and thought, cultural life, cosmology, mysticism, literature and fine arts, and many other aspects of Islamic civilization.
At the post-graduate level the Programme of Islamic Studies offers courses in history, culture, and civilization, from pre-Islamic Arab culture to Islam in the modern age, and papers on Islamic religious sciences, origin and development of Muslim sects, Kalam, and philosophy. Besides compulsory papers on Arabic language for the students having little knowledge of Arabic, papers on non-Muslims contribution to Islamic Studies and Muslims contribution to science, technology and fine arts during the Medieval Period are offered for students having proficiency in Arabic. In view if the recent developments in the Islamic world, the department of Islamic studies has broadened its area of studies, and in addition to courses on West Asia and North Africa, courses on central Asia and North East, Asia have also been introduced under the title of Islam and Modern Age.
The courses on offer help learners to explore Islam as Religion, understanding ‘Islamic Culture and Civilization’ besides imparting knowledge about social, political, economic and cultural trends in Muslim world as well as interfaith dialogue and understanding. The course is based on ‘Choice Based System (CBCS)’ and the medium of instruction is English. The Programme also focuses on the extra-curricular activities which include Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, Symposia, quiz and Debates etc. to groom the students and provide the platform to the scholars of the field.