The Department was established in the university in 1986. It started with three sections: Islamic Law (Sharia), Religion Foundations and Islamic Education. As education is linked to the requirements of the job market, the Sharia and Religious Foundations Sections were suspended in 1991, while the Islamic Education section continued. The Department focused its efforts on providing highly qualified cadres in the fields of education and academic research.   The Department strategy agrees with the general strategy of the College to prepare professional teachers and qualify specialists educationally and pedagogically. The Department applies this strategy through its annual executive plans, active participation in academic research and community service. In 2011 the Master's degree program in Islamic Education was launched in the department.

 

Vision


  • The department is committed to achieving excellence in academics and research and performing a distinguish community services by disseminating a moderate way of Islam.

 

Mission


  • To prepare specialists in Islamic studies and qualify them in all stages of general education to achieve excellence in academic research.

  • To cooperate with governmental institutions and community service.

  • To achieve excellence in academic research, seeking constant educational and professional development.

 

Department Objectives


 

Through its work inside and outside the university, the Department seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Prepare Islamic Education teachers in all stages of general education.

  • Provide Omani society with specialists in Islamic sconces.

  • Equip students with research skills specific to Islamic Sciences.

  • Disseminate Islamic culture and awareness in Omani society through lectures, symposia and media.

  • Instil Islamic values in students and apply them in practice.

  • Make students aware of their role in disseminating Islam and equip them with knowledge about Islamic doctrines in general and Ibadhi doctrine in particular.

  • Meet the requirements of community institutions majoring in Islamic education.

  • Encourage individual and collaborative research among Department faculty.

  • Equip students with the skills of using information technology in Islamic Sciences.


 

Bachelor's degree in Islamic Education


The programme prepares Islamic Education teachers to teach in Basic and Post-Basic Education schools. It aims at building the enlightened Moslem who combines originality and contemporariness through the study of Quranic sciences, Hadith, Islamic Law (Sharia) and Faith and the Biography of the Prophet (Sira Nabawiya). In order for student teachers to possess competencies which enable them to teach these subjects, they study various educational courses (e.g. Curriculum and Methods of Teaching, Educational Psychology, Foundations of Education, and Instructional Technology). These are supplemented by practice in labs and microteaching sessions. In addition, they have to do teaching practice in Basic and Post-Basic education schools.

 

The programme aims at providing students with skills of research and new technology to equip them in the fields of interpretation (Tafsir), tahqeeq and takhreej . To be enrolled in the Islamic Education major, a student must get a minimum grade of 'C' in Islamic culture, Basic Arabic Language and English. Then s/he will be interviewed to test for fluency in Arabic and desire to join the major to reflect the character of a teacher of Islamic Education.

 


Students enrolled in this program must complete (125) credit hours, distributed as follows:


  • University requirements:         (12 credit hours)


  • Major requirements:                (107 credit hours)


  • Major electives:                      (6 credit hours)

 

 

The department offers a range of courses. Below is a description of each course.


 


ISLM 2108 3cr. Worship Jurisprudence "Cleanliness and Prayers".  (4hrs.Lectures)

This course aims at making students recognize the easiness of implementation of Islamic legislations with regard to the field of cleanliness (purity) and performance of prayers. Provisions that control cleanliness and prayers are provided as part of the course so that relevant concepts are well comprehended by students. The course makes the students develop their abilities in Islamic jurisprudence through getting acquainted with different opinions with regard to the same juristic issue. Through this course, students shall come to know the educational influence of prayers and cleanliness upon individuals, families and community. The course shall correct common misunderstandings and wrong information formed in students' minds which are originated from ignorance or as result of blind imitation of others with regard to different aspects of worship. The course provides definitions of cleanliness and dirtiness (purity and impurity) as well as their subparts and provisions. It states the concept of ablution, performance of ritual body washing and washing with clean sand as well as their provisions. The concept of prayers is well introduced in the course as well as its types, conditions, basis and provisions.

 

ISLM 1106 3cr. The Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence.  (3hrs.Lectures)

This course aims at clarifying the main features of the Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence with regard to their origins and development, the Islamic legitimate ruling (judgment) and its branches, general rules and overall evidences. Students are expected to know the literal indications of legitimate rulings as well as the methods of inference and deduction. Students shall be trained on analyzing legal texts and on how to interpret juristic sub issues in accordance with rules and principles.

 

ISLM 2110 3cr. Worship Jurisprudence "Zakat ( almsgiving ) , Fasting , the Hajj".  (4hrs. Lecture)

This course aims at making students get acquainted with the main principles, the juristic terms and Islamic legitimate rulings related to fasting, religious seclusion, the zakat (almsgiving) and the hajj (pilgrimage). The course explains the easiness of implementation of Islamic legislations with regard to the field of fasting, the zakat and the hajj. Students are expected to develop their abilities with regard to Islamic jurisprudence through getting acquainted with different opinions with regard to the same juristic issue. They shall also get acquainted with different methods of discretion "independent opinion" (Ijtihad) to reach a juristic judgment of a certain issue. They shall gain knowledge of performing Islamic worships properly. The course includes the following topics: the concept of the zakat and its provisions, the definition, types and provisions of fasting, the definitions and provisions of the hajj and U'mra. 

 

ISLM1101 1cr. Recitation, memorization and modulation of the Quran 1.  (3hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at making students memorize both sections of Amma and Tabark of the Quran plus recitation of the the first three sections. They shall know the merits and manners of reciting the Quran, the proper basic elements of studying the Quran as well as the provision of seeking protection of Allah, saying " In the name of Allah" and the implementation of the principles of reading stressed letters:  the " noon" and the "meem" , as well as the constant " meem " and the agitation of some letters while they are recited.

 

ISLM1103 1cr. Recitation, memorization and modulation of the Quran 2.  (3hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at making students memorize the first section of the Quran and master the recitation of the 4th, 5th and 6th sections of the Quran as well as understand and apply the rules of the constant "noon" , the nunnation and letters' sounds elongation.

 

ISLM 2101 1cr. Recitation, memorization and modulation of the Quran 3.  (3hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at making students memorize the Sura (Chapter) of Al Umran  and master the recitation of the 7th, 8th and 9th sections of the Quran as well as study and apply the rules of emphatic pronunciation and attenuation (emphatically pronounced letters, attenuated letters, degrees of emphatic pronunciation, letters which lie between emphatic pronunciation and attenuation), rule of the pronunciation of the letter  "Alif"  and rule of the pronunciation of the word "Allah".

 

ISLM 2103 1cr. Recitation, memorization and modulation of the Quran 4.  (3hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at making students memorize the Suras (Chapters) of Al Isra and Al Kahf , master the recitation of the 10th, 11th and 12th sections of the Quran as well as comprehend and apply the rules of pause and start of recitation.

 

ISLM 3101 1cr. Recitation, memorization and modulation of the Quran 5.  (3hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at making students memorize the Suras (Chapters) of Al Noor and Al Ahzab , master the recitation of the 13th, 14th and 15th sections of the Quran as well as comprehend and apply the rules of articulation and description of the letters.

 

ISLM 3103 1cr. Recitation, memorization and modulation of the Quran 6.  (3hrs. Lecture)

The course aims at making students memorize the 28th section of the Quran , master the recitation of the 16th, 17th and 18th sections of the Quran as well as take into consideration the rules of modulation and know the positions of prostration during recitation of the Quran, pauses according to Hafs rules of recitation and aspects of start and in-between every two Suras (chapters).

 

ISLM 4103 1cr. Recitation, memorization and modulation of the Quran 7 (3hrs.Lecture) 

The course aims at making students memorize the 27th section of the Quran , master the recitation of the 19th, 20th and 21st sections of the Quran as well as revise all that has been learnt before and make up for the rules which have not been learnt.

 

ISLM 1109 3cr The Prophet's Biography  (3hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at making students get acquainted with the Prophet's birth, nursing and childhood. It also addresses the commercial business the Prophet was involved in with Al Sayyda Khadija and their marriage. It covers the start of the revelation (inspiration), the period of the secret call to Isalm, the prophet' and his companions forbearing of harm and bad treatment of their tribesmen, the immigration of his companions To Al Madina . The course, also, covers the jurisprudence of conquests and makes students learn lessons and take examples from the Prophet's biography.

 

ISLM 2106 3cr. Objective interpretation  (3hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at making students get acquainted with the objective interpretation, its origin, theme and types. It also covers research methodology within this subject as well as the most prominent publications in this field. The course includes research methods in objective interpretation and provides practical examples such as the concept of Godhood in the Quran, the objective integrity and unity of the Suras of Al Kahf (the cave) and Yousif.

 

ISLM 2109 3cr.  Analytical Interpretation (Al Ahzab and Al Rahman).  (4hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at training students on understanding the Quranic texts from grammatical, rhetorical and juristic points of view. It shall also train them on how to conduct comparative analysis to the Quranic texts. The course, also, aims at making students extract lessons and examples and apply such lessons in real life situations. The course includes analyzes of surat al Ahzab and  surat  al Rahman.

 

ISLM 3105 3cr. Analytical Interpretation (Al Noor and Al Hujrat)  .  (4hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at training students on the employment of their linguistic, juristic, ideological and general skills in interpreting Quranic texts through making comparisons as well as taking lessons and examples and applying them in real life situations. The course includes analyzes of surat al nur and surat al hujurat.

 

ISLM 1107 3cr. Islamic Ideology.  (4hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at making students know the importance of religion and its effect on human life. It also aims at making them learn inference and deduction using self-generated evidences on the correctness of Islamic ideology. They are expected to learn the proper pathways that lead to straight conviction and to avoid false routes and to have faith in what should be believed in of the perfect attributes of Allah. Students shall also learn the effect of ideology in refining human behavior and acquire the ability to disproof suspicions and doubts raised against proper faith in Islam.

 

ISLM 2113 2cr. Research Methodologies in Islamic Sciences    .  (4hrs.lecture)

The course aims at making students know the concepts of research, essays and academic thesis. They shall acquire skills of development of research, collection of scientific data and information as well as abilities of selection of topics, making plans, writing research and develop their abilities of research, creativity and authoring. Students, through this course, shall get acquainted with the rich Islamic heritage and shall learn how to scrutinize and publicize this heritage. They shall also learn about the roles made by scholars of Islam in enriching the scientific civilization with different types of sciences and knowledge. Students are expected to develop their research abilities in Islamic science as well as to practice reading and scrutinizing manuscripts.

 

ISLM 4101 3cr. Theology (3hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at consolidating the principles of faith in Allah. They shall learn and interpret the main statement of monotheism from both fiducial and practical points of view. Students shall also get acquainted with the proper evidences related to issues of monotheism and they shall come to conclusions on the being, attributes and deeds of Allah. The course provides students with knowledge on the precepts and conventions of Prophecy of the Prophet Mohammed, the Prophet's Mission, authority in Islam, repudiation and repentance as well as types and reasons of infidelity. Students shall acquire abilities on how to defend and disproof suspicions and doubts related to issues of monotheism.

 

ISLM 4126 3cr. Penal Jurisprudence in Islam.  (3hrs.Lecture)

The course aims at making students get acquainted with the definition, adaption and types of "crime". The course shall teach students types of punishments in Islam (either as Hudud or Taziz). The course highlights the difference between Islamic laws and other positive laws in adapting and regulating criminals as well as implementation of penalties. The course also highlights the good aspects and merits of implementation of Islamic punishments which results in the stability of the society.

 

ISLM 1104 3cr. Family Provisions.  (3hrs. Lecture)

The course aims at making students get acquainted with the foresight of Islam in the legitimacy of marriage. Students are expected to learn the elements of proper marriage, the rights and duties of spouses, the rights and duties of parents and children. The course compares between incidental traditions within the community. Students are expected to know how to solve problems that face wives and husbands. It provides students with the provisions of marriage such as its introductions, basis, terms, types and obstructions.

 

ISLM 3118 3cr. Transactions Jurisprudence.  (4hrs.Lecture)

This course aims at making students know and profoundly study the Sharia (legitimate) terms and concepts included within the glossary of the course such as (sale, interest, right of option, right of preemption, attorneyship, sharecropping,  companies …). Students shall learn the provisions related to transactions along with their evidences as well as types of valid and invalid sales, types of options and their provisions, construction of a juristic mentality which is able to comprehend contemporary practical examples of transactions and their employment in life. They shall recognize the characteristics of transactions jurisprudence within the Islamic Sharia.

 

ISLM 1108 2cr. Introduction to the Islamic jurisprudence.  (3hrs.Lecture)

This course aims at teaching students the concept of jurisprudence to distinguish between it and other related terminologies. Students shall be informed of the roles of Islamic jurisprudence and the features of each role. The course also aims at informing students of the emergence of Islamic jurisprudence, juristic schools and juristic rites as well as the reasons of juristic disputes and disagreements. Students shall come to know the advantages of Islamic legislative system, the immortality of the Islamic Sharia and the validity of its provisions to solve issues and problems of the people and life any where at any time.

 

ISLM 2107 3cr. Sciences of the Holy Quran and approaches of interpreters.  (4hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the methods and attitudes followed by interpreters of the Quran. Students shall learn how to distinguish between the characteristics of the Quran revealed to the Prophet in Mecca and the oQuran revealed in Al Madina. They shall know how to distinguish between the precise and the analogous in the Quran. Students shall make comparisons between the collection of the Quran during the eras of the Caliph Abu Bakr and the Caliph Othman. Students shall acquire skills to criticize narration of reasons of revelation of the Quran and appreciation of the roles of Islamic scholars in the field of the Sciences of the Quran.

 

ISLM 2105 3cr. Sciences of the Prophet's Hadith (Sayings) and approaches of narrators of the Prophet's Hadith.  (3hrs.Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the rules which are used by the Hadith narrators in accepting the Hadith and to make them know the approaches and methods used by the narrators in writing books and in distinguishing between the Hadiths  in terms of being true, acceptable or weak. Students shall develop their abilities in extracting and judging  news and narrations as well as making comparisons between rules and methods used by narrators.

 

ISLM 2111 3cr. Interpretation of Hadiths and Study of References (Asanid).  (4hrs.Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the methods used by narrators in interpreting the Hadiths as well as training them on such methods. Students shall understand how to deal with the Hadith and Sunna books. This course makes students acquire abilities to interpret Hadiths and to have access to them at their most likely locations. It develops their abilities in making judgments with regard to the validity and invalidity of Hadiths through studying interpretation as a subject. The course provides students with knowledge on the approved sources of Hadiths and on methods used by scholars in including the Hadiths in their books as well as the requirements and conditions they fulfill to carry out such task.

 

ISLM 3112 3cr. Inheritance Provisions.   (4hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the concept of heritage, inheritance and will. They shall be informed of the most important issues in the field of inheritance provisions and they shall infer how far the Islamic inheritance system is effective within Islamic societies. They shall recognize the fairness of Islamic legislation in distribution of inheritance and develop their juristic abilities to solve inheritance problems. Students shall be trained on solving these problems by electronic software of inheritance jurisprudence.

 

ISLM 4129 2cr. Form of government in Islam (3hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the concept of the state and government. It explains to students the political status of the Arabs before the Islam and analyzes the conditions during which the Islamic state and the caliphate system were established. Students shall be informed of the principles of justice, freedom, equity and the Shura in Islam and how they are different from other systems. They shall develop their juristic capabilities to be able to make comparisons between the political system in Islam and other systems. They shall infer the elements of power of the orthodox caliphate era. Students shall develop their perception of the historical dimension of the implementation of the principle of the Shura within the Omani society

 

ISLM3113 3cr. Analytical Hadith.  (4hrs. Lectures).

This course aims at increasing the students’ awareness of dissemination models and strategies. It emphasizes the four major areas of the adoption process: awareness, interest, observation, and adoption of educational innovation. It also gives the st This course aims at making students understand properly the Prophet's Hadiths and acquire the ability to extract provisions and make correct references to these Hadiths. Students shall learn how to analyze the Hadiths in a proper way supported by sound knowledge of Isalmic jurisprudence and the Arabic language. Students are expected to memorize and learn by heart a set of Hadiths so as to enrich their vocabulary and to gain some of the Prophet's eloquence. The course trains students on sciences that they need to understand the prophet's sayings as well as to familiarize themselves with uncommon words included in Hadiths . Students are expected to know the reasons beyond the Hadiths. They are also expected to perceive and sense the Sunna and biography of the Prophet through studying texts of his sayings.

 

ISLM 2040 2cr. Islamic Economy.  (2hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the philosophy of wealth and money in Islam as well as the legitimate and ideological measures that control financial transactions within this philosophy. Students shall come to know the basic features of Islamic economic system and its appropriateness to the requirements of current life. Students study latest economic developments and experiences from different countries of the world and look into the possibilities of making use of such experiences within Islamic Sharia frameworks. They shall also study new types of contracts which were recently introduced.

 

ISLM 2060 2cr. The Family System in Islam.  (2hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at comparing the family system in Islam against family systems in other civilizations as well as making students know methods of concluding marriage contract and realizing the philosophy behind the religious legitimization of marriage. The effects and consequences of marriage contract are also addressed. The outcomes resulting from separation between wife and husband are also taught to students.

 

ISLM 2070 2cr. Narrations of the Quran. (2hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at comparing the family system in Islam against family systems in other civilizations as well as making students know methods of concluding marriage contract and realizing the philosophy behind the religious legitimization of marriage. The effects and consequences of marriage contract are also addressed. The outcomes resulting from separation between wife and husband are also taught to students.

 

ISLM 2030 2cr. Miraculous Nature of the Holy Quran. (2hrs. Lectures)

Students are expected, after they complete studying this course, to get acquainted with the concept of the miraculous nature of the Quran and its historical origin as a science. They shall know how to distinguish between different aspects of this concept. Students are also expected to taste the beauty of the versification of the Holy Quran and to employ the Quran scientific inimitability to show the greatness of the Quran and how the Quran validates and conforms scientific facts of today as well as to learn about the distinguished legislative aspects in the Quran as it is considered as the main source of legislation in Islam. 

 

ISLM 2090 2cr. Islamic Ethics. (2hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the concept of ethics in Islam as well as the importance of these ethics and their basis and characteristics. Students shall realize that ethics and morals are gained by the individual and thus students shall learn methods of gaining Islamic morals. The course explains the distinctions of Islamic ethics and how they are compared to positive morals defined by humans. They shall know the suspicions and doubts raised by enemies of Islam with regard to Islamic ethics. The course aims at immunizing students against destructive morals as well as teaching students that Islamic ethics are connected to Islamic ideology and Sharia. The course provides students with examples from the ethics and morals of the Prophet and other moral examples which Islam is calling for. It shows students how to keep apart from undesired morals.

 

ISLM 2010 2cr. Biography of the Prophet Mohammed. (2hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the biography of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) as from the date of his birth till his death. Students are expected to understand and analyze deeply the incidents of this biography as well as to extract lessons and examples. They shall draw out the Prophet's Biography Jurisprudence and acquire the ability to distinguish between the biography's incidents. The course also aims at developing the affection of the Prophet's example among students.

 

ISLM 3107 3cr. Islamic Thought and Reasoning. (3hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the concept of thought and reasoning as well as the general effects that contribute to the development of human thought in general and the Islamic thought in particular. The course discusses the influence and trends of the schools of Islamic thought at present and the role of this thought in serving civilizations at different times.

 

ISLM 4122 3cr. The Family Provisions in Islam" Separation between husband and wife". (3hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students Islamic legitimate provisions and juristic terminologies with regard to aspects of separation between husband and wife such as judicial annulment of the marriage contract, separation through a legal court, forthright divorce, implicit divorce, heterodoxy divorce or "Sunnah" divorce. Students shall get acquainted with the provisions of "Idda" (the period during which a divorcee may not remarry). The course aims at developing the abilities of students' abilities in the field of Islamic jurisprudence through getting acquainted with different opinions with regard to the same juristic issue. Students are expected to use different methods of independent study and research to arrive at a legitimate judgment with regard to a certain issue as well as to acquire ability to convey the juristic knowledge they learn to others. 

 

ISLM 3114 2cr. Human Rights in Islam (2hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the issue of human rights and their historical developments. It also explains the concept of human rights in the light of the Quran and the Sunna of the Prophet. It teaches the students different aspects of human rights that are guaranteed by Islam for individuals and societies. The course highlights the advantages of human rights in Islam andcompares these to the international declaration and other conventions of human rights. It also disproves the suspicions raised against human rights in Islam.

 

ISLM 3116 3cr.  Juristic Rules (3hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the concept of juristic rules and the differences between these rules at one hand and the fundamental rules, juristic controls and juristic theory on the other hand. Students are expected to realize the importance of juristic rules and their effect in forming interpretative mentality. They shall also know the major five juristic rules and the detailed juristic rules.

 

ISLM 3115 3cr.  Missionary Activities and Orientalism (3hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the dimensions of missionary activities and orientalism as well as their objectives towards Islam. The course shall address the reasons behind the negative attitudes and hostility against Islam as well as the means used to express such attitudes. These hostile attitudes are analyzed by the course in the light of Islamic values and civilization. The course aims at immunizing students against the doubts and suspicions raised against Islam and Muslims. The course addresses certain cases which are dealt with by missionary activities and the orientalism movement. It emphasizes the true value of Islam and Islamic civilization. It also highlights the role of Muslim in facing intellectual and cultural challenges.

 

ISLM 2170 3cr.  Intellectual Trends and Movements (3hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students intellectual trends that stand against Islam as well as the principles and objectives of these trends. The course covers suspicions and doubts raised by these trends against Islam and other religions. It aims at immunizing students' faith against their destructive effects in terms of thoughts and conduct. The course analyzes some trends which imply negative effects on Islamic thought. It addresses some leaders of these trends and the influence of cultural formation of individuals and societies in exposition of such trends. The course guides students to conclude the reasons and motivations which make intellectual trends exist.

 

ISLM 3111 3cr.  The Prophet's Narration (3hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students the characteristics and styles of the Prophet's narration. Students shall extract lessons and examples of these narrations and they shall develop their creative narrative abilities as well as practice writing stories themselves.

 

ISLM 3120 3cr.  Contemporary Juristic Issues (3hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at teaching students contemporary and new juristic issues in Islam jurisprudence. It provides students with knowledge on some new types of contracts and legal transactions such as different types of insurance contracts (life, motor and buildings) and insurance terms as well as security, shares and bonds. The course covers current medical issues such as artificial fertilization, womb renting, DNA profiling, human milk banking and cornea bank.

 

ISLM 2190 3cr.  The Status of Women in Islam (3hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at making students know the status of women in the nations lived before Islam and compare that status with women status in Islam. It explains the concepts of equity between men and women in Muslim nations as well as the rights granted to women in Islam. The course corrects misconceptions of some Sharia texts about women. It disproves doubts and suspicions raised against Islam with regard to some issues concerning women status in Islam.

 

ISLM 2190 3cr.  The Status of Women in Islam (3hrs. Lectures)

This course aims at making students know the status of women in the nations lived before Islam and compare that status with women status in Islam. It explains the concepts of equity between men and women in Muslim nations as well as the rights granted to women in Islam. The course corrects misconceptions of some Sharia texts about women. It disproves doubts and suspicions raised against Islam with regard to some issues concerning women status in Islam.