M.A. Program

The MA in Islamic Studies program is designed to equip students with excellent theoretical knowledge and expertise relevant to lecturers, researchers, religious leaders, and policy makers to deal with a variety of theological, political, and socio-cultural issues in the contemporary era. Students will take several courses that constitute the core of their expertise in either classical Islamic discourse, Islamic law, or contemporary expressions of Muslim societies. For those wishing to pursue further education, the MA in Islamic Studies program will provide substantive and theoretical knowledge of key issues in the study of Islam and a strong methodological foundation to conduct further research.

The program goes beyond the traditional boundaries of classical Islamic studies. It involves a cross-knowledge encounter, namely understanding both modern and classical Islam by examining various aspects and developments in contemporary Muslim societies. One of the hallmarks of Islamic history is the ever-increasing ability of Muslims to cross cultural, social, and political boundaries. Taking an encounters approach that opens up different perspectives, the MA in Islamic Studies explores cultural, social, and political aspects of the Muslim community using modern and classical paradigms. The program identifies a number of key themes in the development of Muslim societies across the globe, such as the authority of men of religion, the role of religious groups in religio-political movements, and contemporary Muslim expressions. As a paradigm and approach, the program acknowledges that the dynamics and development of Muslim societies cannot be understood without first understanding their encounters with various modern and classical contexts that take place throughout history.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the basic universal values of Islam by critically examining the foundational and non-foundational sources of Islam
  • A capability to demonstrate the interconnectivity between the major classical texts and academic scholarship and the contexts in which those texts are interpreted and translated into variety of forms.
  • An ability to critically analyse and explain how the basic universal values of Islam are translated into a wide variety of institutions
  • An ability to analyse Islam and the dynamics of Muslim societies from social, political, and cultural perspectives

Course Structure


Foundation Courses


Core Courses


Electives Courses


Proposal Seminar


Journal Article Publication

Semester I

15 Credits

ISL 201Wasatiyya Islam in IndonesiaFoundation3
ISL 202Discourses in Qur’an & Hadith StudiesFoundation3
ISL 203Islamic History and CivilizationFoundation3
ISL 204Approaches and Methods in Islamic StudiesFoundation3
ISL 205Studies on Muslim SocietiesCore3

Semester II

12 Credits

ISL 206Research MethodologyCore3
ISL 207Contemporary Discourses in Islamic LawCore3
ISL 208Advanced Reading in Classical Islamic StudiesElective3
ISL 211Theological Debates and Islamic ReformsElective3
ISL 212Sufism and the ModernElective3
ISL 213Digital IslamElective3
ISL 214Islam in IndonesiaElective3

Semester III

9 Credits

ISL 216Proposal SeminarCore3
ISL 217Journal Article PublicationCore3
ISL 218Independent Project on Islam and Muslim SocietiesCore3

Semester IV

6 Credits

ISL 219ThesisCore5

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