Zayed University Includes Master of Islamic Studies in Jurisprudence of Reality

04 Feb 2020

Zayed University, in cooperation with Al-Muwatta Center for Studies and Education, recently launched its latest "Master program of Islamic Studies in Jurisprudence of Reality," which is the first of its kind in the UAE and the region.

Al-Muwatta Center is a research and educational center, operating under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, and chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah.

The Acting Vice-President of Zayed University, Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, stated that the launch of the Master of Islamic Studies in Realist Jurisprudence comes within the framework of the university's keenness, in partnership with the relevant government institutions, to develop research and knowledge skills of Emirati students. In addition to enhancing their interaction with the rapid developments towards forming a knowledge-based society regionally and globally.

The new program, Al Yousuf added, seeks to prepare students to directly interact and dialogue with various issues and developments that relate to the Islamic world to generate thoughts and practices.

She further explained that the broader vision aims to establish new academic methodological guidelines for Islamic studies in higher education, as well as establishing community and research communication in local, regional, and international affairs.

The new program, which is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, aims to qualify national and regional cadres within a contemporary jurisprudence vision based on rigorous scientific and methodological rules. The program responds to the urgent and increasing need to provide highly qualified in the Imamate, Preaching, Media, Fatwa, and Islamic Legal consulting. Also, it contributes to the consolidation of identity with its national, Arab, and Islamic components among students, relying on modern methods of teaching and assessment, enhance students' knowledge and their critical thinking in these areas.

The program is offered in Arabic for 18 months, and admission is available for males and females of all nationalities.

The program contributes to graduating an elite of Emirati researchers, muftis, and Islamic jurists qualified in the sciences of the Islamic legislation, the Shari'a objectives, and the principles of jurisprudence and its various branches. This will help filling positions related to religion in the governmental institutions and structures with cadres familiar with the Emirati and Muslim societies. Also, it qualifies program students to carry out research that combines knowledge in the areas of Islamic legislation, the Shari'a objectives, and methods of scientific research, in line with contemporary developments.

Program courses are taught by select Professors and Associate Professors who were selected according to the highest scientific and professional standards and had international research experience and high teaching performance in graduate-level programs.

The curriculum is based on 36 Credit required hours, with main courses addressing the Methodology of Islamic Legal, Sharia Objectives, Jurisprudence of Applying Islamic Rules to Real Instances. As well as Making Fatwa, Islamic Transactions, English Jurisprudence Texts, and Terms, Islamic Rules on Terrorism, Jurisprudence of Peace and Citizenship, Contemporary Jurisprudence Issues, concluded by a Thesis discussion.

The applicant is required to obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited university recognized by the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or 2.5 for provisional admission) of 4.0 in one of the following disciplines: BA in Principles of Jurisprudence, or a BA in Jurisprudence and its principles, or a BA in Islamic Shari'a, or a BA in Shari'a and Law, or a successful completion of one year at Al-Muwatta Center for those who do not have a Bachelor degree in the above-mentioned specializations. The applicant will have to pass a pre-course interview and obtain a minimum score of 4.5 in the IELTS (academic) test of English.