B.A in Islamic StudiesAligarh Muslim University
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The Department of Islamic Studies is located in Zahoor Ward building which has great historical significance. It was built in 1896 by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of this great Institution (A.M.U). The Zahoor Ward certainly deserves to be included in the Heritage Buildings of the University.
The Institute of Islamic Studies was established in 1954 principally as a research institute with the sole aim to promote the study of Islamic Culture and Civilization, the economic, social and cultural trends in the countries of West Asian and North Africa and Modern Arabic, Persian and Turkish languages and literature. Its field of research includes the history and culture of India, West Asian and North African countries. As a supplementary activity the institute conducted courses in modern Arabic, modern Persian and modern Turkish. The institute was organized for research with sections for Arabian studies, Iranian studies and Turkish Studies, each section to deal separately with the intellectual and cultural developments of the region. It also functions as a teaching department since 1968. Since the last about 27 years, its permanent cadre consists of the one professor, five readers and eight lecturers.
The Department/Institute Islamic Studies has maintained a high standard of scholarship. It published an annual Bulletin (now journal) of the Institute of Islamic Studies since 1957 and another half-yearly Majalla -i-Ullom-i-Islamiya since 1960. The former is in English and mainly devoted to research on the contemporary trends in Islam and the Muslim world and the latter is in Urdu dealing with studies in Islamic Culture and Civilization. Now both are reputed journals and are devoted to the historical, political, literary, economic, religious and cultural studies of the Islamic world. The Institute/ Department has published more than 60 books and it continues to published books every year.
To Promote oriental and Islamic Studies and give instruction in Muslim Theology and to promote the study of religious, civilization and culture of India. The Department is functioning since 1968. Since the last about 27 years, its permanent cadre consists of the one professor, five readers and eight lecturers.
The Department/ Institute of Islamic Studies has maintained a high standard of scholarship. It publised two journals of the Institute of Islamic Studies and Majallah-i- Islamiya since 1960. The former publised since 1957 is in English and mainly devoted to research on the contemporary trends in Islamic and the Muslim world and the latter publised since 1960 is in Urdu dealing with studies in Islamic Sciences, Culture and Civilization. Both are reputed journals and are devoted to the historical, political, literary, economic, religious and cultural studies of the Islamic world. The Institute/Department has publihed more than 60 books and it continues to published books every year.
The Department, besides imparting instructions in Islamic Studies at B.A. and M.A. levels, runs Certificate and Diploma Courses in Turkish Language. It also provides research facilities for awards of M.Phill and Ph.D. Degrees in different branches of Islamic Studies. The Department also organizes seminars and conferences at national international level every year.
Facilities: The Library of the Institute of Islamic Studies has without doubt no equivalent in the coutry in view of its richness on Islamic literature, quality and the number of rare books. This is a specialized Library which contains more than 80,000 titles in Arabic, English, Persian, Urdu, Turkish, German & French languages. The rarest and the most recent works on the subject are available in the Library Besides, the Library also has large collections of journals published by the well-known Universities and Institutes of the world on Islamic Studies.