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Admission to M.A. Program in Islamic Studies (Systemic Approach) 2016-2017


Masters in Islamic Studies—Systemic Approach


Masters in Islamic Studies—Systemic Approach


A systemic approach to Islam provides the following advantages: 1) It takes an organic, ordered, and universalistic approach to the Book and Tradition; 2) it provides an integrated, connected, and contiguous understanding of Islamic thought in the areas of jurisprudence, philosophy, theology, ethics, exegesis, and mysticism; 3) it holds a comprehensive perspective regarding historical developments within the Muslim world. As opposed to other Islamic Studies methodologies used in both the Muslim world and the West, a systemic approach  is defined by the following characteristics a) an emphasis upon cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary methods in both education and research; b) a comprehensiveness that takes into account the objective and social needs of contemporary humankind c) a universalistic perspective covering all Islamic sciences that endeavours to harmonize ambiguous and contradictory points into an integrated whole

Course Goals:

1.      To present a systematic, ordered, and comprehensive understanding of Islam;

2.      To provide an intellectual framework facilitating multi-disciplinary exchange between the Islamic sciences;

3.     To prepare the groundwork for intellectual and academic exchange between the Muslim world and the other parts of the world.

Course Parameters:

1.      All subfields of Islamic Studies, given the inherently complex nature of both the subject at hand and the role of religion and Islam in the contemporary world, will be interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary.

2.      The main approach defining the presentation of course texts and the conduct of research will be intellectual and analytic.

3.      This comprehensive approach to Islamic Studies will take contemporary social, spiritual and ethical dilemmas into account.

Course Language of Instruction and Prospective Student:

·        Instruction will be conducted in-person. Virtual-online or correspondence optiona are not available.

·        Most classes will be conducted in English, while some will be presented in Arabic or Farsi with simultaneous translation into English

·        Research papers and theses must also be written in English

Requirements and Documents for Application

·         Letter of motivation

·         CV

·         A letter of recommendation from your university. This recently composed letter must have a signature and official stamp. The letter should be sent from the academic E-mail of your respective professors to the following E-mail.

·         Officially certified copy of your BA Diploma and an official translation, if your diploma was issued in any language other than English (BA Diploma should be in Islamic Studies, the Humanities, Near Eastern Studies or Near Eastern Languages and Cultures).

Note: Those who have graduated from other fields, but are nonetheless interested in Islamic Studies, will have their candidacy specially examined.

·         Proof of language proficiency in English: If you are not a native English speaker, or if the language of instruction at your previous university was not English, we ask you to provide evidence of strong English language competence. At the time of application any test results you provide should relate to an examination administered within the last two years. The following test results will be accepted: CAE – Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: grades A-B; CPE – Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: grades A-C; IELTS - International English Language Testing System: 6.5 or better; TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language: internet based: minimum of 92 scores; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 62 overall.

·         Certified copy of the transcript that includes a final grade and an official translation (if it is issued in any language other than English.)

·         If applicable: certified copy of MA transcript or MA Diploma and an official translation, if your diploma was issued in any language other than English

·         Passport photo.

·         Complete and Submit the application before the end of July through the following website:




A: Islamic Studies-14 Credits:

4 credits

Jurisprudence and Principles of Jurisprudence (Usul)

2 credits

Islamic Theology (Kalam)

2 credits

Qur’anic Studies and Exegesis

2 credits

Islamic Philosophy

2 credits

Hadith Sciences (Hadith)

2 credits

Islamic Mysticism (Irfan)

B: Prerequisites-8 Credits:

Islamic Anthropology

2 credits


2 credits

Philosophy of Religion

2 credits

Islamic Studies in the West

2 credits

C: obligatory subjects- 22 Credits:

A Systemic Approach to Islam

2 credits

The Islamic Doctrinal System

2 credits

The Islamic Ethico-Spiritual System

2 credits

The Islamic Socioeconomic System

2 credits

The Islamic Legal System

2 credits

The Islamic Politico-managerial System

2 credit

Culture and Civilization in Islam

2 credits

Islamic Art

2 credits


6 credits

D: Voluntarily subjects (the subjects which the students should take 4 credits out of 6)


2 credits

Comparative Islamic Studies

2 credits

Comparative Religions and Theologies

2 credits



1.      Students should participate in Persian language classes alongside the main course and take a qualifying exam. Additionally, students are required to pass the Persian Language exam successfully. Otherwise the main course certificate will not be awarded to them.

2.     Students will receive basic Arabic language training (Reading) during the course

Some of the course’s professors:

·        Seyyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad (Professor at IRIP)

·        Ahmad Pakatchi (Professor at University of Imam Sadiq)

·        Muhammad legenhausen (Professor at Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute)

·        Shahram Pazouki (Professor at IRIP)

·        Mohsen Javadi (Professor at Qom University)

·        Ahmad Vaezi (Assistant Professor at University of Baqir al-Ulum)

·        Mohammad Saeedi Mehr (Associate Professor at University of Tarbiat Modares)

·        Mansour MirAhmadi (Associate Professor at University of Shahid Beheshti)

·       Mahmoud Karimi (Associate Professor at University of Imam Sadiq)

Course Period:

The Duration of the course will be eleven months (from the beginning of September each year until the end of July the following year). That includes three semesters.

·        Note: master thesis is required to be written after the conclusion of the course when students return to their home countries.

Course Location:

Tehran, Iran

Registration Process:

1.      Applicants should fill out the application and submit the required materials, which include a letter of recommendation and a resume.

2.      Applicants should undergo an academic interview (conducted either in person or online depending on whether he/she is present in Iran or not)

a.      Note: The result of the interview will be sent to the applicant through email.

3.      Completion of the registration process and the obtaining of a Student ID Number

4.     Applying for a visa and going through the visa process according to Al-Mustafa’s rules. These rules will be clarified to those who have been accepted a later juncture.

Housing, Costs and Supports:

A)  Costs

1.      Students should pay for their own travel tickets.

2.      The overall tuition of the course is 1000 Euro.

Note: Grants and awards will be considered for the top students as confirmed by the respective departments.

B)   Services

1.      Accommodation will be free for the students.

2.      Students will enjoy free lunch and dinner.

C)  Health Insurance

1.      Salaamat Insurance: Students and their families (spouse and children) who reside in Iran will be covered by a General health Insurance (Salaamat insurance) for free.

2.       Complementary Insurance:  This type of insurance will be granted to those students who have been accepted. Details will be provided at a later date.

Feedback of the First Year:

Some important information emerging out of the first year experience is listed below:

-          The First Year of this course began in August 2015 and applicants from European as well as Asian countries have enrolled

-          Intensive Persian language classes

-          Elementary Arabic language classes

-          Scientific Seminars alongside the course syllabi:

o   Scientific seminar on the Islamic doctrinal system by Dr. Javadi

o   Scientific seminar on Religion Pluralism by Dr. Legenhausen

o   Scientific seminar on Islamic Mysticism (Irfan) by Dr. YazdanPanah

o   Scientific seminar on the Islamic Political System by Dr. Vaezi

o   Participation in a two day international conference on the Philosophy of Religion at  Azad Islamic University

-          Cultural and Ritual Activities:

o   Participating in the ritual ninth day of Muharam (Tasu’aa) ceremony in Zanjan, Iran

o   Trip to Qom

o   Visiting the National Library of Iran

o   Visiting museums and historical sights

o   Meeting different academic  figures  

-          Links to some parts of the first year’s  classes can be found below

o   Dr. Sachedina; Islamic Studies in West

-          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7WS4M4LTIM

o   Dr. Pazouki; Islamic Mysticism (Irfan)

-          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqdyGBxUfds&spfreload=10

o   Dr. MirAhmadi; Islamic Political System

-          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h86JhyaDU4o

o   Dr. SaeediMehr; Islamic Doctrinal System

-          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFjn24Kk9Fo

o   Dr. Karimi; Qur’anic Studies and Exegesis

-          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYadgpwudZM

 Contact us:

Website: Tehran.miu.ac.ir

E-mail: Tehran@miu.ac.ir

Telephone/fax: +98-21-88319979

Apply now through the following link:


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