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Qatar - HBKU offers preview of contemporary Islamic Studies Graduate Program

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

Doha: The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) presented an online event on January 19 that gave prospective students a chance to discover its Master of Arts (MA) in Contemporary Islamic Studies program. 

Faculty presented short lectures to highlight the unique way in which the program is tailored to examine traditional Islamic knowledge in the context of present-day challenges. Dr. Gavin Picken, Professor and Coordinator of the MA program, 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 competencies essential for multiple professional fields. Interested students can visit or attend CIS' Graduate Studies Information Sessions on January 26 and February 16. The deadline to apply to HBKU's wide-ranging programs is March 15.


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