MA in Basic Islamic Studies (Thesis) (in 30% English)

Program Coordinator: Assistant Professor Ahmet Süruri

Objectives of the Program:

The purpose of the program is primarily to increase research in the field of Islamic Studies in our country and to achieve significant outcomes of this research at national and international level. Thus we will have correctly identified the main problems and trained competent academics capable of producing suitable solutions. Therefore, we will prepare students for the doctoral program which we have planned to open in the next year. At the same time, the purpose of this program is to provide comprehensive information for clarifying values and considerations posed by Islam. In addition to all these, the main goal is to educate academics who are competent in their field enough to make comparisons with other sites and gained competence to do scientific research in all disciplines within the department and who aware of the problems of the area and can find solutions to these problems. The progres in this direction is expected to be as follows:

  • To equip students with advanced knowledge and research skills in the field of Islamic Studies,
  • To meet the advanced academic and scientific needs of students who are interested in academic studies since the license period and motivated to acquire the necessary language infrastructure,
  • To adapt Ibn Haldun’s heritage of science in the field of Islamic Studies to today’s conditions after understanding ,
  • To follow the qualified literature in Islamic Studies written in western and eastern languages.
Scope of the Program:

Young researchers who complete this program successfully will manage to penetrate the classic and modern scholarship of the field. Thus they will become nominees for academic positions both in national and international prestigious universities. The program is designed to carry out high-quality education, teaching and research. The scope of Master of Islamic Studies covers the following areas:

  • Tafsir
  • Hadith
  • Islamic Law
  • Kalam
  • Tasawwuf
Who Should Participate?

The Master of Basic Islamic Studies Program may serve particularly useful for:

  • Individuals who graduated from any area and wish to provide religious services in the public or private institutions,
  • Individuals who want to do an academic career.

Minimum application requirements:

  • GPA 2.50/4.00 or 65/100
  • YDS/EYDS/YÖKDİL 55/100 or TOEFL 66/120 or Ibn Haldun English Test 48/70
  • YDS Arabic 60/100 or Ibn Haldun Arabic Test 60/100
  • TÖMER C1 level or Ibn Haldun Turkish Test C1 level

Required Documents:

  • Letter of Intent
  • CV
  • 2 Reference Letters
  • Diploma or Interim Certificate of Graduation
  • Transcript
  • Letter of Intent for Scholarship Application
  • Income Statement for Scholarship Application

(Last two documents are compulsory for candidates who plan to apply scholarship.)

Content of the Program:

Basic Islam Studies Master’s Degree Program (30% English) consists of two semesters of classes and two semesters of dissertation. There are two compulsory courses and two elective courses in each semester of first year. In the first semester, Scientific Research Techniques and Publication Ethics and Formation of Islamic Studies, and in the second semester, Seminar and Usul al-Fıqh will be compulsory. Students who successfully complete all courses will be eligible to move on to the dissertation stage. The names, codes and total credits of compulsory and elective courses in the MIS Program are given below:

1st Semester
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit ECTS
BIS 501 Scientific Research Techniques and Publication Ethics 3 0 3 8
BIS 503 Formation of Islamic Sciences 3 0 3 8
BIS … Elective 3 0 3 8
BIS … Elective 3 0 3 8
Total 12 32
2nd Semester
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit ECTS
BIS 502 Usul Al-Fiqh 3 0 3 8
BIS 500 Seminar 3 0 0 8
BIS … Elective 3 0 3 8
BIS … Elective 3 0 3 8
Total 9 32
3rd Semester
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit ECTS
BIS 599 Dissertation 3 0 0 30
Total 0 30
4th Semester
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit ECTS
BIS 599 Dissertation 3 0 0 30
Total 0 30
Grand Total 21 124
Compulsory Courses
Fall Term
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit ECTS
BIS 501 Scientific Research Techniques and Publication Ethics 3 0 3 8
BIS 503 Formation of Islamic Sciences 3 0 3 8
Spring Term
BIS 502 Usul Al-Fiqh 3 0 3 8
BIS 500 Seminar 3 0 0 8
Elective Courses
Fall Term
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit ECTS
BIS 531 Qur’anic Sciences 3 0 3 8
BIS 533 Classical Texts of Qur’anic Exegesis (Tafsir) 3 0 3 8
BIS 541 Hadith Literature 3 0 3 8
BIS 543 Sirah of the Prophet Muhammad 3 0 3 8
BIS 551 Islamic Law of Personal Status 3 0 3 8
BIS 553 Classical Texts of Islamic Law 3 0 3 8
BIS 561 Classical Logic 3 0 3 8
BIS 563 Classical Texts of Islamic Theology (Kalam) 3 0 3 8
BIS 571 History of Sufi Institutions 3 0 3 8
BIS 573 Classical Texts of Tasawwuf 3 0 3 8
Spring Term
BIS 530 Major Themes of the Qur’an 3 0 3 8
BIS 532 Contemporary Problems of Tafsir 3 0 3 8
BIS 540 Literature of Hadith Methodology (Usul al-Hadith) 3 0 3 8
BIS 542 Hadith Criticism 3 0 3 8
BIS 550 Islamic Law of Property and Obligations 3 0 3 8
BIS 552 History of Islamic Legal Schools 3 0 3 8
BIS 562 Modern Texts of Islamic Theology (Kalam) 3 0 3 8
BIS 560 Schools of Islamic Theology (Kalam) 3 0 3 8
BIS 570 Terminology of Tasawwuf 3 0 3 8
BIS 572 Ottoman Sufi Thought 3 0 3 8

Compulsory Courses

BIS 501 Scientific Research Techniques and Publication Ethics

The objective of this course is to explain the principles of thesis preparation, interpretation and writing techniques, preparation of research report, bibliography forming techniques, the scientific article writing principles, data collection methods and analysis techniques which is necessary for scientific research. In addition to this, it takes the ethical rules that must be followed in scientific publications, citation procedures, plagiarism and other issues should be avoided. Further, students gain an understanding of the importance of research in the development of communication strategies.

BIS 503 Formation of Islamic Sciences

This course deals with the early development of Islamic Sciences . In the formative period of these sciences, they were intertwined. They shared a common history in the first century. Towards the middle of the second century, a process of separation began to run. The classic nature of Islamic sciences cannot be understood well without this historical background.

BIS 502 Usul al-Fiqh

The course deals with the general sources and methods of Islamic law such as Qur’an, Sunnah, Ijma, Qiyas, Istihsan, Masalih al-mursala, Sad al-zarai’, Orf, Istishab. Classification of legal provisions, the derivation methods of provisions from the revealed texts, general goals of sharia, the problems of intertextuality, the conditions of legal reasoning are delt with as well.

BIS 500 Seminar

This course provides a forum for students to discuss and generate ideas on issues related to a variety of applied social research. Students conduct an in-depth study of a research topic of their choice, discuss issues with experts in the field of research, work in discussion groups, debate and solve problems on selected issues. In the research seminar, the students are given an opportunity to integrate their knowledge, skills and practical experience gained in the program.

BIS 599 Dissertation

The program culminates in an individual piece of research in which learning on the program is applied to an appropriate topic of interest/specialization, under the guidance of a supervisor.

Elective Courses

BIS 531 Qur’anic Sciences

This course deals with the main issues concerning Quranic Sciences such as Asbab al-nuzûl (occasions of revelation), Nâsikh-Mansukh, Muhkem-Muteshabih; Hurûf al-Muqattaa, Fawatih al-suwar, Gharib al-Qur’an, Ijaz al-Qur’an, Aqsam al-Qur’an, Qasas al-Qur’an, Takrar al-Qur’an, Amsâl al-Qur’an, Haqiqa and Majaz, Mushkil al-Qur’an, Mujmal and Mubayyan, al-Wujuh wal-nazâir, Mubhamât al-Qur’an, Khalq al-Qur’an.

BIS 533 Classical Texts of Qur’anic Exegesis (Tafsir)

The purpose of this course is to analyze different types of classic Tafsir literature. The texts are chosen from both the exegeses of riwaya such as Tabari, Beghawi, Ibn Kasîr, and the exegeses of diraya such as the works of Maturidi, Fakh al-din al-Razi, Ebu Suud.

BIS 541 Hadith Literature

This course identifies the various genres of Hadisth literature. The significance of canonic works of hadith, their classification and hierarchy will be emphasized.

BIS 543 Sirah of the Prophetic Muhammad

The whole life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is closely studied. Since this period constitutes the nucleus of Islamic sciences, the phases such as pre-Islamic era, the beginning of revelation, the challenges during the birth, rise and spread of Islam in Maccan and Madinan periods are closely examined.

BIS 551 Islamic Law of Personal Status

General concepts and notions concerning the personal status such as birth, death, legal capacity, marriage, divorce, person’s lineage are studied with comparison to law of the land.

BIS 553 Classical Texts of Islamic Law

Classic literature of Islamic law is defined, and some parts of different works of various legal schools are selected and analyzed in order to equip the students with necessary skills to carry out academic research within the primary sources of Islamic law. Thus they could benefit from these sources while preparing their dissertations.

BIS 561 Classical Logic

This course focuses on logical structure of knowledge to create a methodological basis for the science of Kalam. In this regard the treatise of Isagoji is selected. All concepts of classical logic are studied through this text.

BIS 563 Classical Texts of Islamic Theology (Kalam)

Selected texts from some works of aqida such as Abu Hanifa’s al-Fiqh al-Akbar, Tahawi’s al-Aaida al-Tahawiyya, Semerqandi’s al-Sawad al-A’zam, Nasafi’s al-Aqide, Ushi’s Amali and from some classical works of systematic kalam such as Ash’ari’s al-Ibana, Maturidi’s Kitab al-Tawhid, Juwayni’s al-Irshad, Pazdawi’s Usul al-Din and Nasafi’s Tabsira al-Adilla will be studied.

BIS 571 History of Sufi Institutions

This course aims to help the students to grasp the historical framework of tasawwuf and its place within the general scheme of Islamic sciences. It deals with the history of tasawwuf since its formation as a science, its historical turning points, formation of Sufi orders and their development.

BIS 573 Classical Texts of Tasawwuf

The course aims to help the students to get acquaintance with literature of tasawwuf in general, its language, and the map of its concepts through examining the primary works, authorities, its terminology, and figurative language. In this regard, classical texts of the field are selected, examined, and discussed with a linguistic analysis of this literature.

BIS 530 Major Themes of the Qur’an

In this course, the major themes of Qur’an such as divinity, universe, human beings and their relationship with each other, revelation and holy books, prophecy and prophets, freedom of human agent and his responsibility, worship and systematic worship, social order, morals and life in hereafter will be examined and discussed.

BIS 532 Contemporary Problems of Tafsir

It examines the modern approaches and contemporary debates over interpretation of Qur’an and the source of controversy regarding the modern exegesis of Qur’an. In this regard, recently discussed topics such as historical elements of Qur’an, abrogation, mystical interpretation, the creation of woman are chosen as example issues to reassess the contemporary ideas.

BIS 540 Literature of Hadith Methodology

Hadith is probably the most difficult field of Islamic sciences. So it has a sophisticated history and literature. Since it constitutes the second source of religious knowledge, the sound reports should be determined from the weak ones. There are a huge bulk of reports going back either to the Prophet, Companions, or Successors. Indeed, they all differ in epistemological value. In this regard, there developed many sub-sciences relating to Hadith. Hadith methodology known as Usul al-hadith searches and improves the ways of using these reports in consistency. Literature of hadith methodology, which deals with the afore-mentioned aspects of the hadith texts are scrutinized in this course in order to acquire an awareness about the problematique of contradictory reports.

BIS 542 Hadith Criticism

The problems rising in the process of verbatim transmission, collection and compilation of the prophetic reports are examined to ensure their authenticity. The structure of any prophetic report consists of two parts: the first is sanad, i.e. chain of transmission, the second is matn, i.e. the main text of the report. Both parts of the report are examined by the science of Hadith criticism to determine its authenticity, thus sound reports become evident. Even the reports already enjoying the criteria of soundness are subjected to further examination if they pose any contradiction against either Qur’an, the corpus of prophetic reports or human reason. The scholars of the field developed many methods for this respect. In such cases, they look for a way of conciliation on a basis of reasonable intertextuality. If there is no way to fix the contradiction, such inconsistent reports are not considered in a valid interpretation, so they serve no longer as a point of reference for deriving afresh provision, awaiting apart from the whole body of authentic texts. Nevertheless, the traditional methods of criticism developed by Hadith scholars face recently some challenges. Some modern academicians in the West regard the prophetic reports as fabricated, due to lacking any recorded evidence vis-a-vis oral transmission in the first century of Islam. All these issues are covered by this course.

BIS 550 Islamic Law of Property and Obligations

The whole body of Islamic law is divided into three parts according to the taxonomy of Hanafi school such as ibâdât, mûâmalât and ‘uqûbât. Muâmalât is also divided into two parts as mâliyya and ghayr mâliyya. Civil transactions regarding economic rights constitutes the subject of the muâmalât mâliyya. This part of fiqh corresponds to law of property and law of obligations. So the concept of property with its various aspects is first analyzed, later on, the circulation of property rights among persons through contracts and other sources of obligations is examined. Meanwhile, a comparison between Islamic law and European Continental Law will be drawn, in spite of their different structure.

BIS 552 History of Islamic Legal Schools

Islamic law, soon after its formation, develops within the rubrics of legal schools. Since Muslim individuals and societies were ruled throughout history by certain legal schools, they deserve to be subjected to a close inquiry. In the second century of Islam, there developed two styles of interpretation among early Muslim scholars. The first circle focuses on the letter of revealed texts, while the other put emphasis on the spirit of the text. Those scholars who occasionally opined legal provisions basing on human reason have been called as Ashab al-ra’y or Ahl al-ra’y led by Abu Hanifa, while the other party has been called as Ashab al-hadith or Ahl al-hadith, led by Malik, Sufyan al-Sawri, Sufyan b. Uyayna, Ahmad b. Hanbal. There emerged, and developed soon a third way merging and synthesizing the tenets of both sides on the hand of al-Shafii. Four schools of Sunni Islam managed to survive up to now. Each of them has a very rich history and a huge literature. Without studying this history and literature, it is impossible to conceive the Islamic law. Maliki school of law was applied for more than six centuries in Andalus and Northern Africa, Hanafi school of law was applied in Ottoman Empire for more than five centuries, Shafii school of law was dominantly applied during Seljuqs, Ayyubids, and Mamluks. Even in the modern times, under secular rules, Muslim individuals still regulates their lives according to one of these schools. So political and social history of Muslim states and peoples cannot be thoroughly understood without a sound knowledge of legal schools. This course is arranged to meet this need.

BIS 560 Modern Texts of Islamic Theology (Kalam)

In this course, it will be discussed through examining the texts regarding New Ilmu’l-Kalam discourse on one hand, while theological debates of modern times and some other issues such as change in the content and method, the thoughts of leading authors of the period are studied. History of Kalam and research in systematic theology will be studied and evaluated, as well.

BIS 562 Schools of Kalam

All schools of Kalam such as Harijiyya, Qadariyya, Mu’tazila, Jabriyya, Murjia, Musabbiha, Shia, Salafiyya, Ashariyya and Maturidiyya are introduced. Their structure and principles will be determined and explained. Historical periods of each school will be studied and evaluated.

BIS 570 Terminology of Tasawwuf

The main subject of this course is sufi terminology which has been put into circulation since the formation of this discipline. This terminology has been exposed to some semantic change, while some terms remained stable, some others have been modified in magnitude of emphasis to a certain extent. In this course, it will be attempted a kind of doctrinal reading of tasawwuf through basic terms and concepts.

BIS 572 Ottoman Sufi Thought

It is aimed to assess the course of tasawwuf in Ottoman society through examining selected texts and distinguished figures. Such an approach will help the students to conceive the major Sufi orders, circles, and main classical works which constitute the general structure of Ottoman sufi life. This course examines and opens to discussion the main turning points of Ottoman Sufism since pre-formative period of Ottoman state till its demise.

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