Master of Arts in Islamic Studies

Master of Arts Program in Islam

Deadline for Fall 2014 applications is April 1.

The Master of Arts in Islam combines the study of classical Islam with the study of the contemporary Islamic world. This approach is premised on the assumption that an understanding of today’s Islamic world cannot be achieved without a thorough grounding in the history of Islamic religion and civilization, an assumption often overlooked by scholars and analysts.

The curriculum is constructed with this dual focus in mind. Students are expected to take a number of core courses in the Religion Department that provide familiarity with Islamic religion throughout the centuries, alongside courses in other departments and schools at GW that provide insight into current politics, society, and culture in the Islamic world. Most prominent among these departments and schools is the Elliot School of International Affairs which offers a wide array of courses on the contemporary Islamic world.

A great advantage of this program is its location in the heart of Washington, D.C. The program offers students the opportunity to interact with U.S. government agencies, think-tanks, non-governmental institutions, the Library of Congress, national American-Muslim organizations, and the large Muslim community residing and working in the greater Washington area.

This program is ideal for students wishing to do graduate work in Islam en route to doctoral degrees in various aspects of Islam and the Islamic world. It is also ideal for working professionals, civil servants, and employees of international agencies whose work involves the Islamic world and are seeking to upgrade their knowledge of it.

The program also provides a track in Islam and Hinduism. This track is ideal for students who are specifically interested in studying the rich interactions between these two religions in South Asia throughout history and in the contemporary world.

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New MA in Islam Bridges Gaps

Something rather special, even symbolic, happened at GW this year when Religion Department faculty members Robert Eisen and Mohammad Faghfoory collaborated together to create a new master’s degree program  in Islamic Studies.

Meet the Chair

Robert Eisen

Robert Eisen has focused his research on medieval and modern Jewish philosophy, biblical interpretation, religious ethics, and comparative religion. He is the author of three books, including The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism.