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 following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits, including 12 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.

REL 6401Islamic Historiographies
REL 6402Qur'an and Hadith
REL 6441Islamic Law
REL 6460Topics in the Study of Islam
Two additional courses chosen from an approved list in a variety if disciplines, most of 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

Irene Oh is Associate Professor of Religion and former director of the Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Program at The George Washingt