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HBKU college offers insight into contemporary Islamic studies curriculum

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The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) recently presented an online event, which introduced prospective students to its Master of Arts (MA) program in Contemporary Islamic Studies.
The faculty presented short lectures to highlight the unique way the program is designed to examine traditional Islamic knowledge in the context of current challenges, HBKU said in a statement.
Dr. Gavin Picken, professor and coordinator of the master’s program, led presentations by Dr. Josef Meri, historian of interfaith relations in the Middle East; Dr. Alexandre V Caeiro, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies; Dr. Joseph E Lumbard, Associate Professor of Quranic Studies; and Dr. Frank Peter, assistant professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.
Topics ranged from law and society in the Gulf, to Muslim encounters with other societies, to nationalism in modern Islamic thought and
Koranic studies. Participants also engaged with faculty and bonded with current students, who shared their experiences in the university community.
Taught over two years, the MA in Contemporary Islamic Studies merges Islamic values ​​with the social sciences and equips its graduates with unique skills and essential competencies for multiple professional fields.
Interested students can visit cis.hbku.edu.qa or attend CIS’ Graduate Studies Information Sessions on January 26 and February 16.
The deadline to apply for HBKU’s large-scale programs is March 15.