Islamic Theology, 2011-2012

See the “Information” tab for an overview of the programme. The courses below are the courses which are specifically offered for this programme and compulsory. More information: M.S. Berger

First year

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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.

Staff and supervision

The primary supervisors are:

Prof.dr. mr. M.S. Berger, personal website

Dr. M.M.M.I. Ghaly, personal website

Dr. U. Ryad, personal website

MA Religious Studies: Islam in the Contemporary West

Students with an interest in a more sociological approach towards Islam in Europe might opt for admission to the Religious Studies: Islam in the Contemporary West programme. The programme is interdisciplinary and makes use of the instruments of philology, history, and social sciences (especially of the anthropology, sociology and psychology of religion).

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. M.S. Berger, email:

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.