The Department of Islamic Studies was established at Palestine Ahliya University in 1432/2011, realizing the overall objectives of higher education in Palestine and complementing the University’s mission to serve the country and nation. The department aims to enable students to accumulate a comprehensive repertoire of knowledge in Islamic Shari’a studies as well as facilitate his/her employability.

The department’s mission is to deliver a distinctive specialization in Islamic studies that aims to support students to acquire greater knowledge of the Islamic faith and to clarify parts of its teachings and regulations that were often missed. Additionally, this specialization strives to illustrate the extent of Islam’s impact on people’s lives at behavioral, social and educational levels. The Department of Islamic Studies realizes the necessity of raising people’s religious awareness and educating them according to Islamic culture. The department strives to enlighten students about the true essence of the Islamic faith and its noble values and dispel the inaccurate behavior of those claiming to belong to it. The outcome of the department is to prepare a generation of students who are qualified to call for Allah’s way on appropriate scientific and educational foundations, besides meeting the country’s need for education experts, thought, “imamate” (religious leadership), religious judiciary and deliverance of advisory opinion (Arabic ‘iftaa’).

Admission requirements in the Islamic Studies program

Passing the General Secondary Examination (Tawjihi) or its equivalent, with an average of at least  65% in any stream.

Upon the completion of this specialization, students are expected to be able to:

  • Understanding the knowledge of the Quran, including its revelation, history, reasons, methods, place, time, writing, translation, inimitability, and preservation from distortion and alteration.
  • Identifying the concepts related to Sunnah, including its status, principles of understanding, the emergence of terminological knowledge, its importance, types of Hadith, the biography of the Prophet and the stages he went through.
  • Understanding knowledge related to Islamic jurisprudence and its definition, subject matter, objectives, topics, emergence, types, and divisions, the characteristics and purposes of legislation, its sources, the schools of jurisprudence, and the Four Imams. Additionally, knowledge related to the principles of transactions (Fiqh al-Mu’amalat), Islamic creed, worship, personal status, the pillars of faith, family and its characteristics, the legitimacy and ruling of Jihad, and Islamic criminal legislation and governance system.
  • Understanding of knowledge related to other topics such as Arabic and English languages, social studies, computers, sports, and education.
  • Acquiring various skills, including the science of Quranic recitation (Tajweed), research methods for the graduation project, practical public speaking, teaching skills through implementing applied lessons, and applying the rules of inheritance and wills using computers.
  • Comprehending and applying values and attitudes, including religious, ethical, social, aesthetic, national, and scientific values, such as faith in God’s capability and seeking His help, love for the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and following his doctrine and the doctrine of his companions, pride in Arab and Islamic civilization, tolerance, assisting and respecting others, participating in events and celebrations, promoting voluntary and cooperative work, and appreciating scientific research and knowledge.

Potential workplace:

  1. Ministry of Education
  2. Ministry of Endowments  (Awqaf) and Religious Affairs
  3. Office of the Chief Justice

Potential Job Titles:

  1. Teachers
  2. Imam or Preacher (Khatib)
  3. An employee in Sharia Courts
  4. Sharia attorney
  5. Sharia Judge