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Department Overview

We aim to build a Muslim person endowed with a deep understanding of Islam based on the Holy Quran and the Sunna in order to meet the needs of the society.
The Foundations of Religion program accomplishes important specific objectives in addition to those of the University of Sharjah and the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies.
The Department aims to:
  1. provide students with the fundamentals of the different fields of Islamic studies (belief, proselytizing, interpretation of the Quran, hadith, etc.)
  2. provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to become successful teachers, researchers, and advocates of Islam
  3. meet the needs of society for experts who can inform its members of the different facets of their religion and explore modern-day issues from an Islamic perspective
  4. enable students to become well-balanced Muslim individuals who believe, worship and behave according to the teachings of Islam, have a strong sense of belonging to their community and country, and who are dedicated to serving and protecting their country's security and stability

After completing this program, the student will be able to:
  • outline the general theories and principles related to Islamic belief and proselytizing
  • identify the basic principles of Quran studies and interpretation (tafseer)
  • define hadith concepts and terminology and their sources
  • apply the principles of Islamic proselytizing (da'wa) of inviting new adherents to the religion through reason and setting a good example
  • apply scientific research skills when preparing research projects
  • apply theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the course for continuous and independent learning and to be able to enhance their knowledge in new and specialized environments and situations
  • participate in serving the community and promoting social and cultural values within a solid religious framework
  • accurately and scientifically evaluate commonly-held religious perceptions and participate in correcting and modifying them accordingly
  • use reason and sound evidence to counter challenges posed to religious beliefs and principles
  • firmly believes in the Holy Quran and the Sunna
  • abide by Sharia and religious values when at work and in his/her dealings with colleagues