The Master of Arts in Islamic Studies (MAIS) is a fully online degree program. Program requirements include the completion of 12 online courses. The first 8 courses of the program are offered by the Respect Graduate School. Other four advanced courses are offered by the ISRA. Upon successful completion of these 12 courses, students will be awarded an accredited and internationally recognized Master of Arts in Islamic Studies degree through CSU.

Courses offered by Respect Graduate School

1- RGS400 Islamic Worldview & Theology

This course provides a detailed coverage of Islamic fundamental beliefs, creed, theology and worldview with particular reference to the Qur’an and hadith as primary sources. The Islamic concept of God and the understanding of human nature will be addressed, together with the creation story according to the Qur’an. The unseen world, revelation, prophethood, the Prophet Muhammad and the question of theodicy and suffering are also addressed. The approach is a balance between textual basis of theology and rational argumentation.


2- RGS483 Islamic History and Civilizations: Caliphate Era

This subject discusses critically the history of Muslim societies and civilizations from the time of the death of Prophet Muhammad to the end of the Caliphate era. The periods of Rightly Guided Caliphs, the Umayyad Empire, the Abbasid Empire, the Ottoman Caliphate and other major sultanates will be studied. There will be particular focus on the major historic events as well as the intellectual, economic, social and cultural aspects of the Islamic civilizations. The Muslim contribution to science and civilization will be evaluated critically. The decline of the Muslim world will also be covered.


3- RGS430 Methodology of Qur’anic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir)

This course introduces students to the methodology of Qur’anic exegesis. The concept of revelation, the importance of occasions of revelation for exegesis, the concept of abrogation, and a set of tools used in textual analysis will be discussed. The history of the development of Qur’anic exegetical method and its evolution over time to produce a rich literature of exegetical works will also be addressed. In addition, modern exegetical issues concerning the Qur’an will be investigated together with a critical evaluation of how the modern history of the Muslim world influenced contemporary exegetical works.


4- RGS451 Islam in the Modern World

This course addresses contemporary issues facing Islam and Muslims in the modern life from personal to public and local to international spheres. It sheds light on controversial topics like jihad, extremism, fundamentalism and Sharia; examines the significant debates around Islam and Muslims such as women rights, Islamism as a political ideology and bioethical discussions; and explores Muslims’ experience in living Islam under current local and global circumstances. The subject approaches these topics by delineating and clarifying colloquial and terminological meanings of key concepts and provides the Islamic bases of the issues in reference to the Quran and Sunnah.  Giving historical, cultural and socio-political circumstances and perspectives of modern scholarship, issues are weighed in the contemporary local and global contexts.


5- RGS432 Methodology of Hadith (Usul al-Hadith)

This course addresses the place of hadith in Islamic scholarship and the methodology of evaluating critically the authenticity of hadith narrations, as well as their classification in canonical texts. Prophet Muhammad’s sayings, actions and his approvals as reported by his companions have been collected separately as multi-volume hadith books. Collection of hadith books, their classification and authentication has been an integral part of Islamic scholarship. This subject will also cover the history of development of the science of hadith critique from the time of Prophet Muhammad (7th century) to the 10th century.


6- RGS455 Women in Islam

This course addresses critically the modern paradigms concerning women and gender roles in primary and classical texts; through the Islamic history and civilization; as well as in contemporary Muslim cultures and societies. Developing arguments from within a critical framework of an Islamic set of paradigms and values, it takes a fresh approach at women in Islam. It examines the status and role of women in scripture; explores significant women figures in mysticism, scholarship, social and political life. Muslim women are positioned in their historical and contemporary reality with patriarchal, orientalist and feminist approaches highlighted. The subject covers chronologically the conditions and status of women in both contemporary Islamic and non-Islamic cultures. Classical, modern and feminist approaches, viewpoints and arguments are considered throughout the subject.


7- RGS411 Methodology of Islamic Law (Usul al-Fiqh)

This course addresses the methodology related to the principles of Islamic jurisprudence (Usul al-fiqh). The development of Islamic law in the early history of Islam, the emergence of ijtihad (Islamic legal interpretation) together with the revealed and non-revealed sources of law and methodology of Usul al-fiqh will also be addressed. In addition, the four primary sources of law as well as other supplementary sources of law used in the practice of ijtihad will be discussed.


8- RGS461 Beginner Arabic Language

This course introduces the Arabic language adopting the methodology of the classical grammarians. Students will learn the different types of words and move onto forming phrases and eventually sentences. Various examples will be derived from different sources such as the Qur’an, Prophetic traditions and everyday scenarios. Reading and writing skills acquired in the previous unit will be further developed.

Courses offered by ISRA/CSU

9- ISL591 Interpreting Islamic Sacred Texts

This subject addresses Islamic theology as the foundational discipline in Islamic faith and its intellectual discourse. Key theological topics such as existence of God, names and attributes of God; the relationship between God and humans; the scope of God’s power; the efficacy of His decree; prophecy and eschatology will be studied according to the mainstream Ash’ari and Maturidi theological perspectives. This subject will also discuss the development of Islamic theology in response to historical events until the present day. Contemporary theological issues such as existence of God, evolution theory, proof of resurrection and dealing with theodicy and suffering will be critically analyzed and studied in the context of the traditional and contemporary scholarship.

10- ISL556 Islamic Economy, Banking And Finance

This subject provides an intensive introduction to the principles of Islamic economy, banking and finance. It focuses on the underlying principles of economic justice and analyses the features of Islamic banking and finance. Several modes of personal and business finance solutions will be outlined and evaluated by considering the relevant primary and secondary Islamic sources. The subject will also cover the global development of Islamic finance, the challenges and opportunities associated with Islamic banking and finance in Australia.

11- ISL591 Islamic Theology: Classical To Contemporary Thought

This subject addresses Islamic theology as the foundational discipline in Islamic faith and its intellectual discourse. Key theological topics such as existence of God, names and attributes of God; the relationship between God and humans; the scope of God’s power; the efficacy of His decree; prophecy and eschatology will be studied according to the mainstream Ash’ari and Maturidi theological perspectives. This subject will also discuss the development of Islamic theology in response to historical events until the present day. Contemporary theological issues such as existence of God, evolution theory, proof of resurrection and dealing with theodicy and suffering will be critically analyzed and studied in the context of the traditional and contemporary scholarship.

12- ISL599 Guided Research In Islamic Studies

This subject is an independent guided study and research on an approved topic in a chosen field of Islamic Studies. Students are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of appropriate research methodology together with advanced written and oral communication skills through the preparation and presentation of a substantial research paper on a topic agreed to in consultation with a supervisor.

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The M.A.I.S. Degree is a 128 point program. Students are expected to complete the eight 8-point courses with RGS listed below (totaling 64 points). Afterwards, students will complete the remaining 64 points with ISRA/CSU.

RGS Courses (8 Points Each)

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RGS 400 Islamic Worldview & Theology

by Respect Graduate School

This course provides a detailed coverage of Islamic fundamental

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RGS 461 Beginner Arabic Language 1

by Respect Graduate School

This course introduces the Arabic language adopting the

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RGS 432 Methodology of Hadith (Usul al-Hadith)

by Respect Graduate School

This course addresses the place of hadith in Islamic scholarship

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RGS 430 Methodology of Qur’anic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir)

by Respect Graduate School

This course introduces students to the methodology of Qur’anic

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RGS 411 Methodology of Islamic Law (Usul al-Fiqh)

by Respect Graduate School

This course addresses the methodology related to the principles

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RGS 483 Islamic History and Civilizations: Caliphate Era

by Respect Graduate School

This subject discusses critically the history of Muslim societies

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RGS 451: Islam in the Modern World

by Respect Graduate School

This course addresses contemporary issues facing Islam and

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RGS 455: Women in Islam, Civilizations, and Cultures

by Respect Graduate School

This course addresses critically the modern paradigms concerning

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ISL 591 Interpreting Islamic Sacred Texts

by Respect Graduate School

This subject involves the study of selected Qur’anic verses and

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ISL 593 Islamic Theology: Classical to Contemporary Thought

by Respect Graduate School

This subject addresses Islamic theology as the foundational

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ISL 556 Islamic Economy, Banking and Finance

by Respect Graduate School

This subject provides an intensive introduction to the principles

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ISL 599 Guided Research in Islamic Studies

by Respect Graduate School

This subject is an independent guided study and research on an

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