Graduate Theological Union

Islamic Studies










Certificate in Islamic Studies

The Center for Islamic Studies and the GTU offer a six course certificate program for individuals who want to have some systematic graduate training in Islamic Studies but are not prepared to undertake the M.A. or Ph.D. The program is also designed for current GTU students who wish to demonstrate a basic command of Islamic Studies; interested students should register their intention with the Office Manager of the Center for Islamic Studies as early as possible in their course of their studies. Applicants not already enrolled in a GTU program may apply by submitting the Certificate Application form, a statement of purpose, and official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree. Letters of recommendation may be requested.



A specialized program offered by the faculty of GTU's Center for Islamic Studies

The primary focus of this area is on the study of contemporary Islam within its theological, historical, and cultural contexts. In addition to the core courses in classical Islamic scholarship, students have the opportunity to develop expertise in specific topics such as Muslim Cultures (especially Muslims in America), Islamic Education, or Islam and Media. Interdisciplinary and interreligious approaches to the study of Islam in which Muslims are understood in their diversity and in dialogue with other religious traditions are an implicit part of the program, fostered by the unique environment of the GTU.

M.A. Requirements

M.A. Islamic Studies Program Description



Islamic Studies is one of three tracks offered within Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion (CHSR) Ph.D. program.  For more information, please refer to the  Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion website.




Core Doctoral Faculty

MUNIR JIWA • GTU (Islamic Studies) • Islam and Muslims in the West; Media, Aesthetics, Cultural Production; Liberalism, Secular Modernity, Religious/Subject Formation; Anthropology, Ethnographic Methods, Critical Theory. 

Consortial Faculty Resources

IBRAHIM ABDURRAHMAN FARAJAJÉ • SKSM (Cultural Studies/Islamic Studies) • Study of Islam; history of Sufism; history of Islam; postcolonial theory; diaspora
studies; HIV/AIDS; bodies, genders, and space in Islam; videotics.
GHAZALA ANWAR • SKSM (Quranic Studies) • Islamic jurisprudence; Sufism; healing, gender, and sexuality in Islam.
MARIANNE FARINA, CSC • DSPT (Philosophy and Theology) • Moral Theology; Islamic Philosophy and Theology; Comparative Ethics and Social Theory; Interfaith Dialogue.
SOM POURFARZANEH • GTU (Islamic Studies) • Islam in the West; Islam and Media; Islamophobia.