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First year

Compulsory for all students Islamic Theology:
1st semester: Workshop Endnote – Master Religious Studies – Wednesday, Ocotber 6, 17.00-19.00 hr, location: library hall.
2nd semester: Workshop ‘Paper Clinics’: dat and location to be announced.

Students are advised to contact their supervisor well before the start of their master year, so that a suitable programme can be put together in good time: Masterplanning

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Both terms

Required General Course Religious Studies 5

Fall term

Interpreting Islam: contemporary ijtihad in economics and biomedical ethics 5
Islamic Jurisprudence for Muslims in Europe: The Role of Fatwas 5

Spring term

European policies and jurisprudence concerning muslims and Islam 5

Elective courses

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Anthropology of Islamic Law 10
The Islamic Book. From Manuscript to Modern Media 5
Comparative Religion: Themes and Topics in the Study of Religion 5
Culture and Society in the Medieval Muslim World 10
Ethics and Religion: Questioning Life and Death 5
Sociology of Religion 5
Religion and the immigrant experience 5
Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 5
Piety, Modernity, and Gender in Islam: Anthropological Perspectives 5
Psychology of Religion 5

More info

Islamic Theology is a Master programme offered the Leiden Institute of Religious Studies. This one-year Master programme focuses on the study of contemporary Islam. The focus is predominantly theological, but the legal, ethical, political, historical and sociological backgrounds of the staff members provide for a variety of interdisciplinary approaches. In addition to required courses, the students are expected to develop their own lines of research based on primary sources.


The main focus of the programme is on the study of religion, i.e. Islam, its history and its significance today, with emphasis on Islam in the Western context.


The programme (60 EC) consists of the following elements:

1. General required course (5 EC)

2. Compulsory courses (15 EC)
Three courses of the chosen track

3. Additional courses/electives (20 EC)

4. MA thesis (20 EC)
All students write a master’s thesis of 20 ects. This thesis amounts to about 20.000 words. The master’s thesis is written in English, unless the supervisor approves of the use of another language (which may include Dutch). In all languages, correct use of grammar and style is expected from the student. Also see:

The programme also stimulates students to undertake research-internships, for instance by conducting researches for the benefit of media, municipalities or religious institutions. The electives can be taken in different forms, to be agreed between student and professor.

Entry requirements

BA degree in Islamic Theology or an equivalent degree (including Arabic) from another recognized university; proficiency in Arabic is required. English proficiency (IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 570/230) for international students (non-native speakers of English) is required.