Welcome to the Department of History and Islamic Civilization of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The study in this department is among the most important disciplines as it contains examples and lessons for humanity.
In studying History and Islam Civilization revolves around Islam as World History because of the nature of Islam as a universal religion that forms the scope of historiography or the way of looking at history as reformation of mankind through the Messengers, unity, cohesion in diversity and continuous contribute and meaning for all mankind.
The elements of History as a comprehensive result towards Civilization leads to the emergence among the diversity of cultures of peoples of the world the permeation of the basic elements of a "religion" in which those peoples have caused to emerge from within themselves. The process by which such emergence comes about is called 'refinement and development', and in this case is called Islamic Civilization, which is reflected as the liberation first from magical, mythical, animistic and ethnic cultural tradition incompatible with Islam, and then from secular control over one's reason and one's language. Whatever basic and praiseworthy elements of the pre-Islamic civilization that bind people together and are accepted as compatible with Islam become part of Islamic civilization. It is a living civilization whose pulse describes a process of religion, not in the dialectical sense of an evolutionary 'development', but in the sense of a progress involving every generation of Muslim towards realization of the original nature and spirit of Islam as something already established in history; in the sense of an unfolding of the theoretical and practical principles of Islam in the life of the people; in the sense of an actualization of the essentials and potentials of Islam in the realms of existence. This progress, unfolding, and actualization depend upon the levels of knowledge of Islam, of intellectual and cultural attainment of the peoples in which the progress, unfolding and actualization occur. Islamic Civilization is therefore a manifestation of unity in diversity as well as of diversity in unity.
Based on the above conceptual aims, the Department of History and Islamic Civilization develops scientific forms and social interaction. It offers students the most significant courses which help them understand their actual present and their past. Among the courses offered are Islamic History, Islamic History of Science, Islamic Civilization, and Islamic City, History of Islamic Education, Atlas of the Muslim World, World History, History of the Arab Gulf, etc. Courses offered mainly in Arabic, but serves the university in various levels and courses in English, and if the needs are required in various current world languages.
In addition, besides the programme of History and Islamic Civilization, the Department has two major programmes namely "Tourist Guide" and "Museum Studies and Art History" that serves the current needs locally and internationally. In this respect, UNESCO awarded Sharjah the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2014. It is hoped that very soon the programme of “Documentation and Archival Studies” will be offered.
Currently, our department offers Master's Program (MA) as well as Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in which students conduct scientific research in "History and Islamic Civilization."
Our department comprises of professors in history, civilizations, tourism, museum studies, arts, and other related academic fields. In this case, the University of Sharjah guarantees to be among the best teaching and learning practices by providing students with all needed modern facilities, and also by encouraging faculty members to conduct scientific research and participate in local, regional and international conferences.
The future of the Department of History and Islamic Civilization is highly promising with the support of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al-Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah.
Prof. Dr. Mesut Idriz
Chair, Department of History and Islamic Civilization