Graduate Certificate

Islamic Intellectual History Certificate

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:

  • The Sciences of the Qur'an
  • The Sciences of Hadith
  • The Development of Islamic Fiqh
  • Introduction to the Islamic Theology
  • Islamic Tazkiyah and Tarbiyah Methodologies

PREREQUISITES: There are no prerequisites.

CERTIFICATION: Any student who has enrolled in a total of 5 courses from either Level 1 and/or 2 Certificate Track will be awarded the Islamic Foundations Certificate.


Program Contact Info

Islamic Foundations Courses

60 Willow Street
Chelsea, MA 02150

Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

About the Seminary

According to a NPR survey, there are more than 2,100 mosques in the United States but they have a challenge – there aren’t enough imams or spiritual leaders, especially those who realize the challenges of a Muslim American today, to go around. BIS was established to address the gap in qualified American Muslim religious leaders. BIS is also the first Islamic Seminary in the U.S. to receive the authority to award the Masters of Islamic Religious Leadersrhip (MIRL) degree.