Islamic Education Department

Master Programs



In proposing a “Program for the MA Degree in Islamic Studies”, the Department of Islamic Sciences (DIS) at SQU College of Education aspires to prepare specialists in Islamic studies and develop their academic and professional abilities. This preparation should combine a solid academic foundation and an in-depth understanding of contemporary issues. The DIS also aims at producing researchers who are capable of investigating the Islamic heritage available in abundance in Omani libraries. Those resources consist of manuscripts and documents that need to be authenticated to become publishable as a major contribution to preserving national identity.


The department offers a MA degree in the following specializations: 


Master of Fundamentals of Religion and Da’wa


Master of Jurisprudence and its Principles



Description of Master programs courses: 



Research Methods in Islamic Sciences: ISLM6101
This course aims to give the student an insight into the research methodologies approved by Islamic scholars regarding content and procedure, so that the student can learn the methods followed in systemic thinking in Islamic Sciences, with emphasis on the standard procedures in preparing specialized studies in the field of Islamic Sciences.


General Objectives in Islamic Law: ISLM6102
This course aims to present the Higher Objectives (maqasid) of Islamic Law, as well as the ways of applying them, so that the student can balance the objectives of Islamic law and the realities of contemporary life.


Studies in Islamic Creed and Monotheism: ISLM6111
This course aims to enrich the student's knowledge of the science of ‘aqidah (creed) and understanding its fundamentals.


Studies in Quran Sciences: ISLM6112
This course aims to deepen the student's knowledge of the Quranic sciences and enhance his ability to refute false suspicions regarding the Quran. Syllabus: - Defining revelation. - Ways of refuting suspicions. - Contexts of revelations; criteria for acceptance or refusal. - Recording of the Quran and related suspicions. - Abrogation (naskh) and discussion of different opinions about it. - Muhkam and Mutashabih Verses.


Approaches to Hadith Analysis: ISLM6113
This course aims to provide the student with thorough understanding of Hadith and the ability to correctly criticize Hadiths with regards to the contents (matn) and chain of narrators (isnad). Syllabus: The science of criticizing Hadith and its importance and role on the assessment of a narrator - How to criticize content and chain of narrators and its implications on the verdict on a Hadith - Acquaintance with the different scholarly methodologies in the critical study of Hadith – How to remain balanced between the critical study of isnad and matn - Examples of the critical study of Hadith – Contemporary critical Hadith studies.


Quran and Hadith Texual Studies: ISLM6121

This course aims to deepen the student's understanding of the objective and analytical aspects of the verses of the Holy Quran and the Hadith texts. It outlines the approaches of Quran interpreters and Hadith narrators and their intellectual approaches in the past and at present. Syllabus: - An analytical study of Suras of: Hud, Yunus, Ibrahim and al-Hashr, pointing out their main objectives. - The overall meaning of some of the above Suras' verses; meanings of some vocabulary and grammatical structures. - Highlighting common features among approved methods of recitations (Qira'at). - Rhetorical and syntactic aspects of verses - Highlighting the lessons to be learned from the Suras. - A selection of different Hadiths (on knowledge, faith, ethics). - A selection of  Hadith involving issues of jurisprudence addressing contemporary issues in financial, medical, environmental and human rights-related cases. - A selection of representative Hadith  as to identify the Prophet's rhetorical style. - Identifying rare Hadith (Gharib).


Principles and Methods of Islamic Call (Da'wa): ISLM6122

This course aims to give the student an overview of the concepts and theories of the principles of Da'wa and its various schools, as well as in-depth knowledge of these principles and schools to be utilized in Da'wa in contemporary Muslims' lives. Syllabus: - Definitions of Da'wa, its styles, means and characteristics. - Issues that should be addressed by Da'wa. - Approaches, skills, styles, ethics, flexibility of the Da’wa carrier and avoidance of fanaticism.


Studies on Islamic Thought: ISLM6131

This course aims to build the student’s intellectual ability with reference to the roots of Islamic thought and associated factors throughout its development. Syllabus: - Defining Islamic thought, its evolution and development. - Development of intellectual schools. - Influence of Islamic thought on other civilizations and cultures. – Confrontation of Islamic thought with man-made philosophies and human conceptualizations based on mere intellect. - Facing intellectual invasion in modern times.


Omanis' Role in the Islamic Call (Da'wah): ISLM6132

This course aims to highlight the Omanis' role in spreading Islam and during the Islamic conquests. It introduces prominent Omani Da’wa carriers (Da'iyas) throughout history and their role in defending Islam. Syllabus: - Oman in the Prophet's era. – Islam’s entrance into Oman and its influence on its population. - Omanis' role in spreading Islam. - Omanis' role Islamic civilization. - Omanis' contributions to the development of Islamic and Arabic sciences. - Prominent figures in the field of Da'wa and defending Islam and Muslim causes. - Most prominent Omani figures in history and their scientific achievements. - Notable Omani documents and books. - Omanis' role in various aspects of social, intellectual and political Islamic life.


Ethics of Dialogue in Islam: ISLM6133

This course aims to illustrate the Islamic approach to discourse with others and how to conduct a meaningful debate in a persuasive manner free from discrimination and prejudice. Syllabus: - Concept of dialogue: Its principles, methods, objectives and types in the Holy Quran and Sunnah. - Conflict resolution and nature of the dispute between people. - Islamic approach in reaching the truth. - Maintaining integrity of social stability. - Appreciation and respect of others through knowledge of dialogue controls and etiquette.


Miraculous Aspects of the Holy Quran: ISLM6134

This course aims to deepen the student’s knowledge of the miracles of the Quran in the fields of rhetoric, science and legislation. Syllabus: - Introduction to the history of studying the miracles of the Quran. - Terminologies of miracles of the Quran. - Textual study. - Analytical study of three approaches to miracles in the Holy Quran: Al-Rumani, Al-Khattabi, Al-Jurjani). - Scientific miracles in the Quran (controls and examples). - Legislative miracles in the Quran. - Other aspects of the Quranic miracle.


Thematic Exegesis: ISLM6135

This course aims to train the student in the holistic interpretation of the verses of the Holy Quran and developing his talent to relate topics to each other. Syllabus: - Concept of thematic interpretation, history, divisions and benefits. - Selected themes (man & divinity in the Quran). - Exploring Suras characterized by thematic unity (e.g., Al-Kahf, Yusuf, Al-An'am).


Sunnah in Contemporary Studies: ISLM6136

This course aims to give the student an overview of contemporary studies with reference to Sunnah and the misconceptions made against it. Syllabus: - Sunnah's position in Islam. - Efforts of Ummah's scholars to preserve Hadith. - Hijazi school in studying Hadith and its impact. - Iraqi school in studying Hadith and its impact - Modern trends in the study of Sunnah (Orientalists, rationalists and Quranis). - Contemporary studies in the figurative language in the Hadith. - Scientific miracles in the Sunnah - Psychological and pedagogical studies on Sunnah.


Methods of Hadith Scholars: ISLM6137

This course aims to introduce the student to the basis of narration content validation, and ways of authenticating Hadith and the Prophet's teaching to make use of them in the fields of jurisprudence and verdicts. Syllabus: - Methodology of various Sunnah books. -Characteristics of Medina, Kufa, Basra, and Sham schools. -Hadith classification according to authenticity: Authentic, Good, Weak, Fabricated. -Deceit (Tadlis) and its types. -Proverbs in Hadith. Methods of Hadith Citation (Takhrij).


Principles of Jurisprudence Semantics: ISLM6211

This course aims to give the student an insight into the concept and categories of Islamic jurisprudence semantics and verbal connotations, illustrating its impact on deriving the Islamic legal rule from its sources.


Matrimony and Divorce in Islamc Jurisprudence: ISLM6212

This course aims to detail the Islamic Law regarding matrimony & divorce in Islam, highlighting the magnificence of the Islamic Law in this field. Syllabus: - Engagement and marriage contract. - Guardianship, terms & conditions of marriage contracts. - Wife's dowry. - Wife's financial rights. - End of matrimony through termination, divorce, annulment (Faskh), wife dissolving the marriage (Khul’), and consequences of each. - Restoration of matrimony (after revocable divorce). - Waiting period after divorce (‘Iddah code of conduct). - Offspring rights (attribution, nursing, custody, expenses). – Contemporary issues. - In-depth study of one of the above items (guardianship or wife's financial rights) compared to the Oman' Personal Status Law.


Evidence Methods in Islamic Jurisprudence: ISLM6213

This course aims to introduce the student to the common methods of proof in Islamic jurisprudence, demonstrating its excellence and effectiveness in achieving justice. Syllabus: - Definition of proof; importance, conditions, domicile - Witness; types, conditions. - Confession; status, and conferring rights. - Documentary evidence: status, categories and authority. - Oaths: status, rights conferred by oaths. - Oath to establish responsibility for murder (qasamah). - Circumstantial evidence. - Competency of judge as witness. - Reasonable suspicion influence on evidence. - Impact of expert witness. - Comparison with man-made laws. - Study of sample material from the Omani Law of Evidence.


Islamic Jurisprudence of Financial Transactions: ISLM6221

This course aims to introduce the student to the Fiqh of Financial Transactions, types, controls and current domains. Syllabus: - Extensive and analytical study of one or more topics of Financial Transactions Fiqh, such as:  Contract theory in Islamic law; concept, foundations, impacts, terms and conditions, practical examples (Sales or firms' contracts) -Theory of emergency conditions; impact on contracts compared with the Civil Law.


Contemporary Studies in Islamic Law: ISLM6241

This course aims to familiarize the student with the concept of contemporary fiqh (Fiqh al-Nawazil) and its specifics with the detailed study of some contemporary legal cases, mainly in the field of economics and the life sciences. Syllabus: The Islamic legal rule on Organ Transplantation, Cosmetic surgery, Surrogacy, Salam, Istisna’, Tawarruq, Insurance, Takaful Insurance, Intellectual Property Rights, Protection of natural resources and the environment.


Criminal Law Islam (Comparative Study): ISLM6242

This course aims to introduce the student to the principles of crime and punishment in Islamic legislation, general characteristics and comparison with man-made laws. Syllabus: - Controls and characteristics of the principle of criminalization. - Controls and characteristics of punishment - Types of penalties:  Fixed punishments (Hudud): types, provisions, stipulations, and misconceptions. Retribution (qisas): provisions, stipulations and annulment criteria. Variable punishments (ta'zir): provisions and stipulations. Blood money: types, provisions, stipulations and amounts. - Comparison with man-made laws.


Fiqh (Jurisprodence) Rule-Making: ISLM6243

This course aims to introduce the student to the concept of applying legal maxims in Fiqh and its impact on building fiqh competence. Syllabus: - Legal maxims of Islamic law (Qawa’id Fiqhiya). - Distinction between Legal maxim, general theories of Fiqh and legal control. - Methods of making fiqh rules. - Rule-making guidance. - Impact of rule-making on the difference between jurists. - Rule-making based on divine text. - Rule-making based on analogical deduction. - Rule-making based on inference (Istidlal).


Islamic Political Principles: ISLM6244

This course aims to introduce the student to the concept of Islamic Politics, relationship with scripture, rules, theoretical and realistic aspects in  Islamic Law regarding fields of application and its role in international relations.


Companies in Islam Fiqh (Jurisprudence): ISLM6245
This course aims to introduce the student to: Fiqh of companies and commercial contracts and weight of the issue in formulating the Islamic economic theory. Islamic law economic terminology and related rules. Syllabus: Common types of companies; status in Islamic law, conditions, rules, termination. Applicability of rules to companies. In-depth study of one or more contemporary topics related to companies, such as: Sole Proprietorships. Securities Companies. Joint stock Companies.


Rules of Islamic Waqf: ISLM6246

This course aims to introduce the student to: - The concept of endowments (Waqf) and rules in the Islamic Law. - Contemporary experience of waqf in some Islamic countries. - Applied study of waqf in Oman.  - Syllabus: - Waqf; definition, status in Islamic Law, types (offspring specific and charitable) - How waqfs are made. - Condition, development, financing of waqf - Disposing of waqf through replacement, sale, inhabiting, obtaining their returns. - Discontinue of waqf and changing ways of spending its returns. - Contemporary experience in managing waqf investment. - Waqf in Oman.


Analogy (Qyas) - In-depth study: ISLM6247

This course is designed to study the Qiyas in-depth, so that student can know the methods and tactics of scholars in using of Qiyas as a way to derive the Islamic legal rule from the Islamic texts and its impact on the diversity of difference of Islamic schools.


Master Thesis: ISLM7001

The Thesis aims at developing the student’s research skills, using academic methodology; through examining, describing and analyzing, in order to obtain academically sound results.


Master Thesis: ISLM7002

The student, under the supervision of two or more faculty, will prepare a Master Thesis in one topic of interest from his specialization.



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