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School of Graduate Studies

MA in Islamic Studies (in %30 English)

Why Islamic Studies at Ibn Haldun University?

The purpose of the program is primarily to increase research in the field of Islamic Studies in our country and to achieve significant outcomes of this research at the national and international levels. Thus we will have correctly identified the main problems and trained competent academics capable of producing suitable solutions. Therefore, we will prepare students for the doctoral program which we have planned to open in the next year.

About The Program

Head of The Department:

Prof. Bilal Aybakan

Objectives of the Program:

The purpose of this program is to provide comprehensive information for clarifying the values and considerations posed by Islam. In addition to all these, the main goal is to educate academics who are competent in their field enough to make comparisons with other sites and gained competence to do scientific research in all disciplines within the department and who are aware of the problems of the area and can find solutions to these problems. The progress in this direction is expected to be as follows:

  • To equip students with advanced knowledge and research skills in the field of Islamic Studies,
  • To meet the advanced academic and scientific needs of students who are interested in academic studies since the license period and motivated to acquire the necessary language infrastructure,
  • To adapt Ibn Haldun’s heritage of science in the field of Islamic Studies to today’s conditions after understanding,
  • To follow the qualified literature in Islamic Studies written in western and eastern languages.

Scope Of The Program:

TafsirYoung researchers who complete this program successfully will manage to penetrate the classic and modern scholarship of the field. Thus they will become nominees for academic positions both in national and international prestigious universities. The program is designed to carry out high-quality education, teaching, and research. The scope of a Master of Islamic Studies covers the following areas:

  • Hadith
  • Islamic Law
  • Kalam
  • Tasawwuf

Who Should Participate?

  • For individuals who graduated from any area and wish to provide religious services in the public or private institutions, The Master of Basic Islamic Studies Program may serve particularly useful for:
  • Individuals who want to do an academic career.

Application Requirements

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Teaching Staff

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Course Contents

BIS 500E Seminar

This course provides a forum for students to discuss and generate ideas on issues related to a variety of applied social research. Students conduct an in-depth study of a research topic of their choice, discuss issues with experts in the field of research, work in discussion groups, debate and solve problems on selected issues. In the research seminar, the students are allowed to integrate their knowledge, skills, and practical experience gained in the program.

BIS 501E Scientific Research Techniques and Publication Ethics

The objective of this course is to explain the principles of thesis preparation, interpretation and writing techniques, preparation of research report, bibliography forming techniques, the scientific article writing principles, data collection methods, and analysis techniques that are necessary for scientific research. In addition to this, it takes the ethical rules that must be followed in scientific publications, citation procedures, plagiarism, and other issues should be avoided. Further, students gain an understanding of the importance of research in the development of communication strategies.

BIS 502E Usul al-Fiqh

The course deals with the general sources and methods of Islamic law such as Qur’an, Sunnah, Ijma, Qiyas, Istihsan, Masalih al-mursala, Sad al-zarai’, Orf, Istishab. Classification of legal provisions, the derivation methods of provisions from the revealed texts, general goals of sharia, the problems of intertextuality, and the conditions of legal reasoning are dealt with as well.

BIS 503E Formation of Islamic Sciences

This course deals with the early development of Islamic Sciences. In the formative period of these sciences, they were intertwined. They shared a common history in the first century. Towards the middle of the second century, a process of separation began to run. The classic nature of Islamic sciences cannot be understood well without this historical background.


BIS 505E Classical Islamic Texts I

Designed to strengthen students’ grasp of the primary sources of Islamic studies, this course draws upon classical scholarly texts that are representative of various disciplines and that have been essential to the education of Muslim scholars for centuries. Students will specifically be asked to analyze these texts in terms of language, stylistic form, and content. These analyses aim to create awareness of how this body of work came into being within the atmosphere of what may be called the ecology of Islamic intellectual tradition. In other words, what is the nature of Islamic tradition? As the young researchers who take this course will be immersed in the language, style, and thought of primary sources, they will also learn to critically assess the authenticity and reliability of the information found in the secondary literature.

BIS 506E Classical Islamic Texts II

Designed to strengthen students’ grasp of the primary sources of Islamic studies, this course draws upon classical scholarly texts that are representative of various disciplines and that have been essential to the education of Muslim scholars for centuries. Students will specifically be asked to analyze these texts in terms of language, stylistic form, and content. These analyses aim to create awareness of how this body of work came into being within the atmosphere of what may be called the ecology of Islamic intellectual tradition. In other words, what is the nature of Islamic tradition? As the young researchers who take this course will be immersed in the language, style, and thought of primary sources, they will also learn to critically assess the authenticity and reliability of the information found in the secondary literature.


BIS 530E Major Themes of the Qur’an

In this course, the major themes of the Qur’an such as divinity, the universe, human beings and their relationship with each other, revelation and holy books, prophecy and prophets, freedom of human agent and his responsibility, worship and systematic worship, social order, morals and life in the hereafter will be examined and discussed.

BIS 531E Ulum al-Qur’an

This course deals with the main issues concerning Quranic Sciences such as Asbab al-nuzûl (occasions of revelation), Nâsikh-Mansukh, Muhkem-Muteshabih; Hurûf al-Muqattaa, Fawatih al-suwar, Gharib al-Qur’an, Ijaz al-Qur’an, Aqsam al-Qur’an, Qasas al-Qur’an, Takrar al-Qur’an, Amsâl al-Qur’an, Haqiqa, and Majaz, Mushkil al-Qur’an, Mujmal and Mubayyan, al-Wujuh wal-nazâir, Mubhamât al-Qur’an, Khalq al-Qur’an.

BIS 532E Contemporary Tafsir Issues

It examines the modern approaches and contemporary debates over the interpretation of the Qur’an and the source of controversy regarding the modern exegesis of the Qur’an. In this regard, recently discussed topics such as historical elements of the Qur’an, abrogation, mystical interpretation, and the creation of women are chosen as example issues to reassess contemporary ideas.

BIS 533E Classical Texts of Tafsir

The purpose of this course is to analyze different types of classic Tafsir literature. The texts are chosen from both the exegeses of riwaya such as Tabari, Beghawi, Ibn Kasîr, and the exegeses of diraya such as the works of Maturidi, Fakh al-din al-Razi, Ebu Suud.


BIS 540E Texts of Usul al-Hadith

Hadith is probably the most difficult field of Islamic sciences. So it has a sophisticated history and literature. Since it constitutes the second source of religious knowledge, the sound reports should be determined from the weak ones. There are a huge bulk of reports going back either to the Prophet, Companions, or Successors. Indeed, they all differ in epistemological value. In this regard, there developed many sub-sciences relating to Hadith. Hadith methodology known as Usul al-hadith searches and improves the ways of using these reports inconsistency. Literature of hadith methodology, which deals with the aforementioned aspects of the hadith texts is scrutinized in this course to acquire awareness about the problem of contradictory reports.

BIS 541E Hadith Literature

This course identifies the various genres of Hadith literature. The significance of canonic works of hadith, their classification, and hierarchy will be emphasized.

BIS 542E Naqd al-Sanad wa’l-Matn

The problems arising in the process of verbatim transmission, collection, and compilation of the prophetic reports are examined to ensure their authenticity. The structure of any prophetic report consists of two parts: the first is sanad, i.e. chain of transmission, and the second is matn, i.e. the main text of the report. Both parts of the report are examined by the science of Hadith criticism to determine its authenticity, thus sound reports become evident. Even the reports already enjoying the criteria of soundness are subjected to further examination if they pose any contradiction against either Qur’an, the corpus of prophetic reports, or human reason. The scholars of the field developed many methods for this respect. In such cases, they look for a way of conciliation on a basis of reasonable intertextuality. If there is no way to fix the contradiction, such inconsistent reports are not considered a valid interpretation, so they serve no longer as a point of reference for deriving afresh provision, awaiting apart from the whole body of authentic texts. Nevertheless, the traditional methods of criticism developed by Hadith scholars face recently some challenges. Some modern academicians in the West regard the prophetic reports as fabricated, due to lacking any recorded evidence vis-a-vis oral transmission in the first century of Islam. All these issues are covered by this course.

BIS 543E Siyar

The whole life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is closely studied. Since this period constitutes the nucleus of Islamic sciences, the phases such as the pre-Islamic era, the beginning of revelation, and the challenges during the birth, rise, and spread of Islam in Maccan and Madinan periods are closely examined.

BIS 544E Classical Texts of Hadith Commentaries

This course aims to introduce the most distinguished classical commentaries of hadith literature. It also aims to highlight how the beliefs, jurisprudence, and the sociopolitical structure of the period of the commentator were reflected in said works. In addition, the language of the period, the interactive relationship of the commentator with the related sources, and the methods used will be introduced to the student.


BIS 550E Fiqh al-Muamalat al-Maliyyah

The whole body of Islamic law is divided into three parts according to the taxonomy of Hanafi school such as ibâdât, mûâmalât, and ‘uqûbât. Muâmalât is also divided into two parts as mâliyya and ghayr mâliyya. Civil transactions regarding economic rights constitute the subject of the muâmalât mâliyya. This part of fiqh corresponds to the law of property and the law of obligations. So the concept of property with its various aspects is first analyzed, later on, the circulation of property rights among persons through contracts and other sources of obligations is examined. Meanwhile, a comparison between Islamic law and European Continental Law will be drawn, despite their different structure.

BIS 551E Islamic Law of Personal Status

General concepts and notions concerning personal status such as birth, death, legal capacity, marriage, divorce, and person’s lineage are studied with comparison to law of the land.

BIS 552E History of Schools of Islamic Law

Islamic law, soon after its formation, develops within the rubrics of legal schools. Since Muslim individuals and societies were ruled throughout history by certain legal schools, they deserve to be subjected to a close inquiry. In the second century of Islam, there developed two styles of interpretation among early Muslim scholars. The first circle focuses on the letter of revealed texts, while the other emphasizes the spirit of the text. Those scholars who occasionally opined on legal provisions based on human reason have been called Ashab al-ra’y or Ahl al-ra’y led by Abu Hanifa, while the other party has been called Ashab al-hadith or Ahl al-hadith, led by Malik, Sufyan al-Sawri, Sufyan b. Uyayna, Ahmad b. Hanbal. There emerged and developed soon a third way of merging and synthesizing the tenets of both sides on the hand of al-Shafii. Four schools of Sunni Islam have managed to survive up to now. Each of them has a very rich history and a huge literature. Without studying this history and literature, it is impossible to conceive Islamic law. Maliki school of law was applied for more than six centuries in Andalus and Northern Africa, Hanafi school of law was applied in Ottoman Empire for more than five centuries, Shafii school of law was dominantly applied during Seljuqs, Ayyubids, and Mamluks. Even in modern times, under secular rules, Muslim individuals still regulate their lives according to one of these schools. So political and social history of Muslim states and peoples cannot be thoroughly understood without a sound knowledge of legal schools. This course is arranged to meet this need.

BIS 553E Classical Texts of Fiqh

Classic literature of Islamic law is defined, and some parts of different works of various legal schools are selected and analyzed to equip the students with the necessary skills to carry out academic research within the primary sources of Islamic law. Thus they could benefit from these sources while preparing their dissertations.


BIS 560E Modern Texts of Kalam

In this course, it will be discussed by examining the texts regarding New Ilmu’l-Kalam discourse on one hand, while theological debates of modern times and some other issues such as a change in the content and method, the thoughts of leading authors of the period are studied. The history of Kalam and research in systematic theology will be studied and evaluated, as well.

BIS 561E Classical Logic

This course focuses on the logical structure of knowledge to create a methodological basis for the science of Kalam. In this regard, the treatise of Isagoji is selected. All concepts of classical logic are studied through this text.

BIS 562E Schools of Kalam

All schools of Kalam such as Harijiyya, Qadariyya, Mu’tazila, Jabriyya, Murjia, Musabbiha, Shia, Salafiyya, Ashariyya and Maturidiyya are introduced. Their structure and principles will be determined and explained. Historical periods of each school will be studied and evaluated.

BIS 563E Classical Texts of Islamic Theology (Kalam)

Selected texts from some works of aqida such as Abu Hanifa’s al-Fiqh al-Akbar, Tahawi’s al-Aaida al-Tahawiyya, Semerqandi’s al-Sawad al-A’zam, Nasafi’s al-Aqide, Ushi’s Amali and from some classical works of systematic kalam such as Ash’ari’s al-Ibana, Maturidi’s Kitab al-Tawhid, Juwayni’s al-Irshad, Pazdawi’s Usul al-Din, and Nasafi’s Tabsira al-Adilla will be studied.


BIS 580E Terminology of Tasawwuf

The main subject of this course is Sufi terminology which has been put into circulation since the formation of this discipline. This terminology has been exposed to some semantic change, while some terms remained stable, some others have been modified in the magnitude of emphasis to a certain extent. In this course, it will be attempted a kind of doctrinal reading of tasawwuf through basic terms and concepts.

BIS 581E History of Sufi Institutions

This course aims to help the students to grasp the historical framework of tasawwuf and its place within the general scheme of Islamic sciences. It deals with the history of tasawwuf since its formation as a science, its historical turning points, the formation of Sufi orders, and their development.

BIS 582E Ottoman Sufi Thought

It is aimed to assess the course of tasawwuf in Ottoman society by examining selected texts and distinguished figures. Such an approach will help the students to conceive the major Sufi orders, circles, and main classical works which constitute the general structure of Ottoman Sufi life. This course examines and opens to discuss the main turning points of Ottoman Sufism from the pre-formative period of the Ottoman state till its demise.

BIS 583E Classical Texts of Sufism

The course aims to help the students to get acquainted with the literature of tasawwuf in general, its language, and the map of its concepts through examining the primary works, authorities, its terminology, and figurative language. In this regard, classical texts of the field are selected, examined, and discussed with a linguistic analysis of this literature.