The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) presented an online event recently, which gave prospective students a chance to discover its Master of Arts (MA) in Contemporary Islamic Studies programme.
The faculty presented short lectures to highlight the unique way in which the programme is tailored to examine traditional Islamic knowledge in the context of present-day challenges, HBKU said in a statement.
Dr Gavin Picken, professor and co-ordinator of the MA programme, moderated talks by Dr Josef Meri, historian of Interfaith Relations in the Middle East; Dr Alexandre V Caeiro, associate professor of Islamic Studies; Dr Joseph E Lumbard, associate professor of Quranic Studies; and Dr Frank Peter, assistant professor of Islam and Middle Eastern Studies.
Topics ranged from law and society in the Gulf, Muslim encounters with other societies, nationalism in modern Islamic thought, and
Qur'anic studies. Participants also engaged with faculty and connected with current students, who shared their experiences in the academic community.
Taught over two years, the MA in Contemporary Islamic Studies fuses Islamic values with social sciences and equips its graduates with unique skills and competences essential for multiple professional fields.
Interested students can visit cis.hbku.edu.qa or attend CIS’s Graduate Studies Information Sessions on January 26 and February 16.
The deadline to apply to HBKU’s wide-ranging programmes is March 15.