SOAS University of London

Centre of Islamic Studies


The Centre of Islamic Studies' teaching programme is based around the MA in Islamic Studies. This innovative course focuses on the sources of Islam, the Qur'an and Hadith. By acquainting students with the language, style and content of these sources, and encouraging a deeper understanding of their semantic and linguistic contexts, the course aims to prepare scholars and researchers for studying a wide range of subjects within the broader field of Islamic Studies. Students may also take courses in Islamic texts and Islamic ethics, among others.

A unique feature of the MA is the translation project, which enables students to develop practical translation skills, while addressing the need to edit and render into English the massive, and often yet unpublished, corpus of Islamic literature in Arabic. In addition to the core courses taught within the Centre, a wide range of courses on literature, law, history, art, music and area studies are available.