The Graduate Program at the Fatima Jinnah Women University seeks to inculcate knowledge which will be authentically Islamic and at the same time fully aware of the contemporary world and the challenges it poses for the Muslims.
The Department of Islamic Studies was established 1998 with the inception of Fatima Jinnah Women University. The Department offers M.Phil. Masters and Bachelors programs and the medium of instruction is English. Islamic Studies Department at FJWU emphasizes the study of all aspects of Islamic Education, such as teaching and understanding of Quran, its Tajweed and Qira'at, knowledge of Hadith literature, Classical and Contemporary Literature on Islamic Jurisprudence and Islamic Law, Islamic Arts, Islamic Culture and World Religions. The Department is unique among all Punjab Public Sector universities as it offers four specializations and a wide range of intensive courses and workshops under each specialization that keeps the students abreast with the classical as well as contemporary scholarship on Islam. It provides the students with requisite knowledge to understand Islam in contemporary scenario and enables them to face the challenges posed to Muslims in this era of globalization.
Department of Islamic studies adopts multidisciplinary approach which enables the students to engage in research with various other departments of the University. The Department aims at promoting religious tolerance, interfaith harmony and to remove gender inequalities wrongly attributed to the religion Islam. Research-oriented lectures, conferences, seminars, academic visits and other related activities along with faculty's pursuit for higher education is a commendable feature of the Department. We also encourage fostering of linkages and maintaining scholarly and cultural ties with other universities, organizations and with people involved in studies of Islamic Sciences. These include academic specialists, legal practitioners and members of government and non-government organizations.
Community work and internship are essential components of the degree. The Department opens new vistas for students to take up internships in the fields of Islamic Law, Islamic Banking and Finance, teaching and research. It integrates humanistic and religious knowledge to address any social issue and concentrates on grooming students who can make humane decisions and possess key competencies in Islamic education, personal development and life long learning. The Department seeks to produce literate women who have a good knowledge of Islam to have a positive effect both on their personal lives as well as on universal human society.
Department of Islamic Studies has setup a state of the art language lab where students can learn and practice oriental languages and a fully equipped computer lab with multimedia facility to facilitate the students in carrying out their research projects and course presentations.
Four specializations are offered at Masters and Bachelors level. Students are also given the option to take up research project/ thesis in lieu of six credit course work.
Bachelors Program in Islamic Studies is a four year degree program in Islamic Studies offered after Intermediate, comprising of eight semesters as per directive of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan to bring the degree at par with international standards. General Education courses are offered in first four semesters, Major and Elective courses for four specializations are offered in the last four semesters. Students can pursue specialization in Islamic Law, Tafseer and Hadith, Islamic Economics and Islamic Thought, History and Culture.
Master’s Program in Islamic Studies is a two year degree program in Islamic Studies offered after two years of Bachelors degree, comprising of four semesters. Students are offered variety of courses to pursue specialization in Islamic Law, Tafseer and Hadith, Islamic Economics and Islamic Thought, History and Culture.
M.Phil.Program in Islamic Studies is a two year degree program offered after four years of Bachelor’s degree or two years Master’s degree. It has four semesters, first two semesters for course work and third and fourth semesters for research. Entry requirement for M.Phil is minimum 1st division in Bachelors/Masters or a CGPA OF 2.5 from HEC recognized university and a minimum of 50% in GAT General.
Under the Project of strengthening and upgrading the Faculty of Islamic and Oriental Learning, the Department is expected to have an independent Research Centre, a Studio for teaching Islamic Calligraphy and Art of Illumination and Center for Peace and Interfaith Harmony. Department also endeavors to introduce department of ‘World Religions’ under the ‘Faculty of Islamic & Oriental Learning’.
This year department of Islamic Studies aspires to sign MoU with Islamic Research Institute (IRI) to enhance research capabilities of our students and faculty on contemporary issues on Islam.