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Duration: 3 years full time



The Higher Arabic and Islamic Studies Programme is an innovative course for students seeking to acquire a thorough understanding of the Islamic faith. Along with developing learner understanding and furthering their knowledge base across a broad range of areas, the course acclimatises this learning and knowledge to the dynamics of contemporary global issues. It is a distinct programme in which theoretical knowledge and understanding are complemented with the practical skills of applying this learning to the real world. It is suitable for students with a rudimentary understanding of Arabic and a basic knowledge of Islamic Studies who wish to study both Arabic - the lingua franca of the Islamic World - and the theological aspects of Islam to an advanced level.


What you will study

Year 1 of the programme introduces learners to the Arabic language through the theoretical study of key linguistic concepts and through practical application in the Language Skills module and the study of a range of literary genres. Learners will also examine the historical beginnings of Islam while also exploring key religious scriptures within the Islamic tradition. Year 2 provides a greater depth of coverage and investigates underlying principles for scriptural acceptance in Islam, along with the study of Islam’s dogmatic theology, its canonisation and codification. Through critical analysis of Arabic texts from different periods, learners will further their language proficiency and literary comprehension while applying their Arabic skills to study and evaluate the works of classical Islamic scholars across a variety of disciplines and areas. Year 3 offers learners the opportunity to carry out extensive research in a particular area of Islamic Studies or the Arabic language for their dissertation project. Developing the theoretical concepts from Year 2, learners will apply their previous learning to determine solutions for contemporary legal and ethical issues facing Muslims and subsequently, the wider community. This table lists the programme content and delivery for the full-time programme. For the part-time version, see appendix 1. All modules listed are compulsory unless otherwise stated.