Advanced Islamic Theology

Advanced Islamic Theology

This concentration provides advanced exploration of topics in Islamic theology and law, along with the core coursework in history, ethics, scriptural studies, and interreligious studies. Students are expected to be proficient at the intermediate Arabic level, and demonstrate potential for advanced Arabic proficiency. Students enroll in elective courses covering the Kalam tradition and systematic theology, studying particularly with Shaykh Jihad Brown, Bayan’s Resident Scholar of traditional Islamic studies and philosophy. Students will delve into and utilize the tools of the classical tradition in order to address contemporary theological and philosophical challenges and issues.

The concentration equips graduates for further studies at the doctoral level, particularly in the fields of theology and philosophy, and careers involving research, scholarship, and teaching.

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Additional Required Courses for the Concentration (2)

Intermediate Arabic 2A or Advanced Arabic 3A

Arabic 2A (Fall, 3 units) or Summer Intensive 2A (8 weeks, 6 units)

Students further develop their reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills, while expanding their vocabulary. They will master more complex grammar and syntax involving words derived from Arabic root patterns, using them to produce extended sentences and passages. They also master conjunctions and additional verb tenses. Performance-based formative assessments will help students achieve the equivalent of the second year of university-level Arabic.

Note: Intermediate Arabic is required for the M.A. in Islamic Studies & Leadership and the M.Div. in Islamic Chaplaincy. It is not required for the M.A. in Islamic Education, though the courses may be taken as electives.

Intermediate Arabic 2B or Advanced Arabic 3B

Arabic 2B (Spring, 3 units) or Summer Intensive 2B (8 weeks, 6 units)

Students further develop their reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills, while expanding their vocabulary. They will master more complex grammar and syntax involving words derived from Arabic root patterns, using them to produce extended sentences and passages. They also master conjunctions and additional verb tenses. Performance-based formative assessments will help students achieve the equivalent of the second year of university-level Arabic.

Note: Intermediate Arabic is required for the M.A. in Islamic Studies & Leadership and the M.Div. in Islamic Chaplaincy. It is not required for the M.A. in Islamic Education, though the courses may be taken as electives.

Elective Courses for the Concentration (4):

Advanced ‘Ilm al-Kalam
Systematic Theology
2 Free electives (any Bayan or CTS course)