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Methods and Approaches in Islamic Studies




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The 5th short-term course on “Islam and Contemporary Issues”

With focus on

“Methods and Approaches in Islamic Studies: Questioning Possibilities and Authorities


Organized by the Tehran Higher Education Complex (MIU_Tehran)


Tehran, 20th December 2014 -7th January 2015



Today, Islamic Studies is a major sub-discipline of the wider area of Religious Studies in many academic programs throughout the world. Moving away from the older “area studies” paradigms, the Religious Studies nature within which the field of Islam is now situated allows for Islamic Studies to undertake a  much broader engagement with a variety of disciplines across the humanities and the social sciences. There is much debate in academia today concerning which theoretical and practical paradigms within the field of Religious Studies are most amenable to dealing with the complexity and variegated nature of Islamic histories and societies. Without seeking to arrive at an answer as to which interpretive model is most “correct” with respect to Islamic Studies, this series of seminars will seek to engage the various problems and methods which are employed in the study of Islam in the modern academy, thereby enriching our understanding of the multiple voices and interpretive methods which are at play in current academic representations of Islam. Now the main question are:

 Which of the approaches or methods in Islamic Studies could lead us to a more effective and realistic results?

Which are the strong and which are the weak points in the approaches and methods of contemporary Islamic Studies?

 How one can make use of a comprehensive and realistic vision to realize a sound Research?  

How one can examine the authenticity and authority of every approach?

Main topics:

1.      The different methods used in Religious Studies

2.      Examination of the methodological principles of Religious Studies

3.      A critical engagement with various approaches to the study of Islam, such as reductionism, historicism, hermeneutical and traditional, etc.

4.      A disciplinary view of such areas as Qur’anic Studies, Islamic Thought and Spirituality, and Islamic History.

5.      An assessment of the state of Religious Studies and the role of Islamic Studies within it, with respect to the present and the future to suggest a harmonic Islamic Studies.

Given the importance of the current topic, the Research Center for Studies of Contemporary Islam, (MIU-Tehran) invites researchers, scholars and PhD students to participate in this intensive short-term course which will take place in Tehran from 20th December, 2014 to 7th January, 2015.

General Features of the Course:

·        Participants of all faiths are welcome.

·        Students and scholars will have the opportunity to meet and study under some of the leading voices in Islamic studies in both the East and the West.

  Time: 20th December, 2014 -7th January 2015

  Language: English

Admission Requirements:

·        Fill in application form

·        Participants, academically or privately, involvements in the subject of the course.

·        Involvement in individual seminar classes.  

·        Familiarity with Arabic language (priority will be given to applicants with facility in Arabic).

·        Proficiency in English (graduates of English speaking colleges and universities are not required to offer TOEFL or IELTS degrees).

·        Acceptance of the regulations of the I.R. Iran. Click here for further information.


A letter of application, along with resumes, a photo and a documents that shows your proficiency in English language must be scanned and sent to the following email address by no later than July 30, 2014: strp@miu.ac.ir


·        Applicants are required to pay 250 Euros in order to participate in the course, and 250 Euros for their accommodation expenses.

·        Applicants are required to pay for their round-trip air-ticket.

 Services and Facilities:

·        Access to a first-rate research library and an atmosphere conducive to education and study.

·        Participants will be granted an Al-Mustafa University Certificate.

·        Daily lunch, coffee and course materials will be provided by the organizer.

·        Free transportation to the many important scientific centers and libraries to be visited throughout the course of the seminar.

·        A two-day vacation to an important Iranian city (such as Isfahan, Kashan, etc.).

·        Free transportation to and from airport.


Application Form

E-Mail:strp.tehran@gmail.com and strp@miu.ac.ir Tell: 00982188939028

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