Islamic Education Department
The Department was established upon the inauguration of the University in 1986. It started with three programs namely: Islamic Law (Shari’a), Fundamentals of Religion, and Islamic Education. Since education was then linked to the requirements of labor market, both Shari’a and Fundamentals of Religion programs were suspended in 1991 while the Islamic Education program persisted. The department focused on preparing specialized cadres who are qualified to work in the fields of education and are excellent in research. In 2011, the department launched a postgraduate program in Islamic Studies in two main majors: Islamic Jurisprudence and its Fundamentals, and Fundamentals of Religion. The department’s strategy is in line with the overall strategy of the College in terms of the preparation of the distinguished teacher, and qualifying specialized cadres educationally and pedagogically. It works towards the realization of this strategy through its annual executive plans, and active participation in research and community service.
The Department is committed to achieving excellence in academics and research in the field of Islamic Sciences, providing high quality service which aims at spreading the right understanding of Islam and its provisions, and emphasizing the moderatism of the Islamic nation.
Our mission is to ensure an excellent academic preparation of Islamic Studies specialists which would qualify them to work in different fields that commensurate with their specializations. This academic preparation would also enable them attain excellence in research, and participate positively in community service.
The Department of Islamic Sciences derives its objectives from the mission of SQU, and the College of Education whose mission is based on the principles of our religion. These objectives are as follows:
- Provide the students with the Islamic knowledge needed to form an Islamic personality that is capable of performing the entrusted cultural role.
- Connect the students to the Holy Quran through reciting, memorizing, understanding, and studying it.
- Inculcate Islamic values in the students through their representation of the morals and ideals of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) and the righteous predecessors of the Islamic nation.
- Prepare qualified teachers to teach Islamic sciences effectively and efficiently at different levels of education in light of contemporary educational trends.
- Prepare qualified specialists in higher Islamic studies to meet the needs of the community for researchers, and qualified candidates in various branches of Islamic sciences.
- Enable students in comparative study of the Islamic school of jurisprudence with an emphasis on the study of Ibadi jurisprudence, history, and cultural role.
- Ensure students acquire research skills in the field of Islamic Sciences.
- Disseminate awareness of the provisions of Islam and its moderatism in the society by providing lessons and lectures in mosques, educational institutions, and civil society institutions.
- Develop active partnership between the department and institutions related to Islamic science locally and internationally.
- Encourage research, and contribute to the dissemination of Omani heritage.