Certificate Curriculum

This program is tailored towards professionals who wish to gain a greater understanding of the history, practices, culture and contemporary issues of the Islamic world. Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working students.
The curriculum for the Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies includes:
1) Four core courses in the Religion Department
  • Rel 5770—Islamic Civilization and the West (Nasr)
  • Rel 6402—Islamic Historiography (Pemberton)
  • Rel 6401—Qur’an and Hadith (Faghfoory)
  • Rel 6441—Islamic Law (Alwani)
2) Two additional courses chosen from a pre-approved list in a variety of disciplines, which focus on Islam in the contemporary world



In Islamic Studies, a World of Students Share Insights

The Religion Department’s Islamic Studies program is attracting a diversity of students from around the globe—including a host of young people from Muslim nations.

New MA in Islam Bridges Gaps

Something rather special, even symbolic, happened at GW in 2012 when Religion Department faculty members Robert Eisen and Mohammad Faghfoory collaborated together to create a new master’s degree program  in Islamic Studies.

A Question of Faith

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Professor Robert Eisen explores religion’s contrasting faces. How can faith instill caring and compassion towards others but also foment hatred and violence?

Meet the Chair

Robert Eisen has focused his research on medieval and modern Jewish philosophy, biblical interpretation, religious ethics, and comparative religion.