The Islamic Intellectual History certificate provides a detailed understanding of the epistemological foundations of the Islamic intellectual tradition. It introduces students to the framework scholars have used for over fourteen hundred years to compile, authenticate and apply the sacred texts of Islam, the Qur’an, and Hadith, to ever new and evolving situations.
The courses in this certificate help students understand the basis upon which the scholarly tradition of Islam was built and will help them understand whether and why the Qur’an should be taken seriously and understand the other intellectual artifacts of Islamic civilization. Students who complete this certificate will have a strong basis for understanding Islamic intellectual history and the reasons why the Islamic tradition has remained strong through the ages, as well as the ways in which Muslims have tackled some of the intellectual issues that are raised in our day and context.
The Islamic Intellectual History certificate is the next step up from the Foundations Certificate. While the Foundations courses are more oriented towards personal observance, the Intellectual History certificate offers more of a historical view, showing the development of our sources and intellectual tradition.
The required courses for the Islamic Intellectual History certificate are: