Schools of Islamic Thought (Historical & Contemporary)

Course Code Year Term Course Group Credits
IRL-524 2 Spring Sacred Texts and Islamic Sciences 4


This course will explore historical and contemporary schools of Islamic thought, their origins, development and influence. This will include the most widespread and impactful schools of law and theology from the premodern era, as well as important contemporary intellectual, spiritual and/or civic movements. Students will study the guiding principles of the leading figures of each school, their main perspectives and the impact of political and social factors on the school’s development and vice versa. At the end of the course, students will understand and appreciate the methodologies and teachings of these schools of Islamic thought and their contributions.


IRL-523 Islamic History & Civilization

“My experience with BIS has been transformative. I have had direct access to scholars and their knowledge, alhamdulillah in a way I have never experienced before. We’ve deeply explored the Muslim experience academically, challenging many of my previously held beliefs and narratives. I am forever grateful to BIS, the scholars and the organizers for this experience”.

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