In the Graduate Certificate programme, the course is designed to provide the students with a comprehensive knowledge of the early stages of Islamic Theology and Philosophy. The first half of the academic year focuses on theological thought followed by philosophical thought in the second. It surveys the earliest trends of Islamic Theology and Philosophy. The course aims at giving the student first-hand knowledge of Islamic sources. The students will be able to study the major trends in Islamic thought and the political and social contexts of those trends. The course will provide the students with opportunity to engage and gain experience in research. The course will also provide students with an educational context that will enable them to critically evaluate the issues involved in the study of Islamic theology.


It is hoped by the end of the course, the students:

  • Will have a very good idea about the major themes in Islamic theology, the birth of Muslim philosophy and intellectual traditions in modern day Islam.
  • Will gain an understanding of, and familiarity with the academic discourse associated with themes of the area of study.
  • Will be able to think critically and independently about the subject they have studied.
  • Will be able to recognize and define the problems associated with the study of Islamic theology and philosophy.
  • Will have gained grounding in methods of collecting and analyzing data according to accepted methods of research.
  • Will have completed their coursework, which would have been assessed and provided with written feedback in order that the student may take heed of the comments to improve on their next research paper.
  • Identify and analyse critical issues in modern Islamic thought.
  • Develop a critical insight into historical and contemporary factors giving rise to these issues.
  • Assess the adequacy of responses advanced to address dilemmas in Muslim societies.

The Graduate Certificate covers:

  1. Fundamental Muslim belief: the Unity of Allah, Prophethood, the Day of Judgment, the Angels, and the Revealed Books.
  2. The emergence of Muslim Thought.
  3. The rise of the factions: The Khawarij, the Shi’a, the Murji’a, the Qadariyya, the Jabriyya, the Ahl-al-Hadith and the Sufis.
  4. The Hellenistic challenge.
  5. The Mu’tazila, the Hanabila and the Ash’ariyya.
  6. The Philosophers and the Sufis.
  7. Developments in Sufism and the growth of the Sufi orders.
  8. The era of imitation.