Masters programme "Islamic-Religious Studies" starting in winter term 2015/16
Our Masters programme "Islamic Religious-Studies" (IRS) is a research-oriented religio-theological as well as religio-philosophical Masters degree course which primarily deals with the exploration of beliefs and the mindscape of Islamic religious scholarship.
Theology is thereby regarded as a method of a systematic-reflective unfolding of religious statements of faith as well as spiritual doctrinal traditions.
On the one hand, theology examines the emergence as well as historical development of beliefs, on the other hand it investigates their social status in present times.
The aim of theology is to promote the development of sustainable concepts with regard to current questions concerning freedom, human rights, tolerance and religious pluralism from an interior as well as an interdisciplinary point of view.
The focus of this programme lies on the disciplines of ethics as well as religious philosophy. Therefore, this course involves the theoretical reflection of the essential contents of the Muslim faith (oneness of God, prophecy, justice, spirituality, normative doctrine) as well as their formulations in the historic and present context (dogmatic theology).
The Masters programme IRS regards itself as part of the liberal arts tradition of the Philosophical Faculty of the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) and therefore is closely connected to related sciences as far as methodology and content are concerned. Those related sciences support the programme to establish an external perspective on all topics regarding Islam.
Thus, in a methodological sense, Islamic theology is understood to be an interdisciplinary science. The faculties of Oriental Philology as well as Islamic Sciences respectively Arabic and Semitic Studies are regarded as important partners in this respect, as they will also establish a Masters programme beginning in winter term 2015/16. As a result, the IRS will work together with the faculties mentioned in the matter of two Masters programme modules ("Research Method and Source Analysis" as well as "Koran and Modernism") and all faculties will import teaching contents jointly as well as mutually. The programme will impart scientific methods of theological, yet also historic, anthropological as well as philosophical fields of study. The aim hereby is to unite the most important spiritual topics and issues of the Islamic faith as well as to explore these topics and issues with reference to religious diversity.
Skills and career outlooks
Our Masters programme is a full time study course and allows students – apart from gaining theological core competencies and the ability to reflect upon Islam from an interior as well as various exterior points of view – to furthermore exchange ideas with regard to other world religions and social as well as cultural interpretations of the Muslim faith.
The Masters course also offers the opportunity to critically reflect upon politics and society respectively their philosophical, ethical and spiritual questions. Analytical thinking, the ability to shift one's perspective as well as communication skills thus all offer a solid foundation for the eventual working environment.