• A Bachelor of Arts degree related to the subject of the program. (Alternatively, courses may be taken to fulfill these requirements after enrollment in the M.A program. These courses would not count towards the total credit hours required for completion of the program)
  • The general requirements as stated by the Columbian School of Arts and Sciences.
  • The program consists of 36 credit hours. All students need to complete at least 4 semesters of a primary research language (Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit or another relevant language), which will not count toward the 36 hours. Alternatively, students may demonstrate competence in a primary research language by taking a competency exam.

Course Requirements

  • 4 core courses in the Religion Department:
    REL 6401: Islamic Historiographies (Pemberton)
    REL 6402: Qur’an and Hadith (Faghfoory)
    REL 6441: Islamic Law (Alwani)
    REL 6460: Topics in Islam: Islamic Civilization and the West (Nasr)
  • 6 additional courses chosen from a pre-approved list in a variety of disciplines, most of which should focus on Islam in the contemporary world.
  • 2 courses in sequence dedicated to the composition of a thesis (Thesis Research, REL 6998 and 6999).

Core Faculty

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.

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