Islamic Studies

Islamic studies programs educate students in Islamic culture by examining Middle Eastern languages, philosophy, literature and history. Continue reading for information about education and career options related to this field of study.

Inside Islamic Studies

Islamic studies delve into the origins of not only Arabic language and the Islamic faith, but also of cultural beliefs and rituals. Considered to be a religion of global prominence, Islam is based on the Quran. In Islamic culture, the Quran is considered to be the equivalent of the Christian Bible. Followers believe that the Quran contains the words of the prophet Muhammad and that the text lays a foundation for the operation of Islamic society. One of the components of a degree in Islamic studies is coursework that explores the influence and role of religion. Besides Islam, courses in other archaic religions may be offered, including Hinduism and those of ancient Egypt.

Education Information

Degree programs in Islamic Studies are more commonly offered at colleges and universities located in a major multicultural city. Coursework in Islamic Studies can lead to a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree, though graduate-level programs are more prevalent.

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