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The University of Granada is presenting the first edition of its own Master’s degree program: “Islam Today”

You can register for the program and apply for a scholarship from Monday, September 5 through October 27. 

September 01, 2016
The University of Granada will be holding its first edition of the Master’s degree program “Islam Today: Trends in Islamic Thought and Management of Co-existence and Diversity” from November 2016 through June 2017.

“Islam Today” is a Master’s degree program created and run by the University of Granada to meet an existing need in the graduate education offerings at Spanish universities, thereby filling a demand existing to train students who are seeking a more in-depth examination of Islam as a religion (exegesis, doctrine), cultural phenomenon and social factor, as well as the topic of Islamism.

The main objective of this Master’s program is to increase awareness about contemporary Islamic thought, the history of Arab and Islamic societies and their connections within Europe and Western culture. This is done not only to provide a point of reference to a past history and legacy, but also as part of the construction of European societies through the input of knowledge and the active presence of Islam and Muslims in Europe. This Master’s program covers subjects which allow us to understand the essentials of contemporary Islamic thought. By doing so, the course materials tie in with a branch of knowledge about the Islamic world, Islamology, that has to a certain extent been marginalized in university curricula.

This Master’s degree is presented as a unique form of graduate education in Spain because of the subjects it deals with, as well as its faculty, because a large number are foreign specialists from places such as the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, the United States, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania, Jordan, Senegal and Tunisia. There are also representatives of civil society and Islamic authorities in Europe, as well as a good number of professors from various Spanish universities (Granada, Madrid, Alicante) in different disciplines: historians, philologists, sociologists, anthropologists, theologists, who also introduce different approaches such as that of gender and post-colonial studies.

The Master’s program “Islam Today” forms part of the program of the Chair for Studies on Islamic Civilization and Renewal of Religious Thought, run from its headquarters in Granada by the Fundación Euroárabe and MOMINOUN Foundation Without Borders for Studies and Research. 

  • Requirements for admission
University degree: Spanish degrees of “licenciatura,” “diplomatura” or equivalent, and/or an official Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.

  • Intended participants
University degree holders, graduates in the social sciences and humanities, educators, social workers, journalists and, in general, all those interested in gaining more in-depth knowledge of contemporary Islamic thought.

  • Language of instruction
Depending on the faculty members responsible for the module in question, the courses will be given in either Spanish or Arabic. Simultaneous translation into Spanish will be offered. A bibliography of texts in English and French will be used, as well, so we recommend having the ability to read academic texts in these languages. 

  • Credits
Credits: 60 ECT credits divided into 54 credits in theoretical classes and practicums. Includes the completion of a Final Project which accounts for 6 ECT credits.

  • Master’s program curriculum
The curriculum is divided into 12 modules (each consisting of 40 class hours). Each module covers 2 subjects. Students must complete a final project at the end of the Master’s program, which is worth 6 ECTS.

  • Course schedule
The Master’s program will be held in Granada, at the headquarters of the Fundación Euroárabe, Mondays through Thursdays from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Registration and payment
Period for registration and scholarship applications: from September 5 through October 27, 2016
Registration: At the University of Granada’s Escuela Internacional de Posgrado: C/ Paz, 18, 18071 – Granada, or by e-mail at: . 

Master’s program

MODULE 1: Methodology of scientific research and discourse analysis:
  • Scientific research methodology. 
Aurora Álvarez Veinguer, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Granada.
  • Discourse analysis. 
María José Cano, Department of Semitic Studies, University of Granada.

MODULE 2: Sociology of religion and culture:
  • Sociology of religion and culture. 
Moaza Obaid Saeed Ghubash, Rewaq Ousha Bent Hussein Cultural Center, Dubai (United Arab Emirates).
  • Religion and social transformations. 
María José Cano, Department of Semitic Studies, University of Granada.

MODULE 3: Contemporary Tafsir and Taawilat:
  • Introduction to Qur’anic Sciences. 
Nart Yahia Quakhoun, University of Jordan 
Hmida Ennaifer, Ez-zitouna University (Tunisia).
  • Introduction to contemporary exegesis. 
Mohammed Mahjoub, University of Tunis (Tunisia).

MODULE 4: Contemporary Islamic thought: Ijtihad, renewal and modernization:
  • Renewal and ijtihad, between past experiences and contemporary attempts.
Said Bensaid El Alaoui, Université Mohammed V, Rabat (Morocco). Nasr Mohamed Arif, Academy of Islamic Civilization, Zayed University of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).
  • Paths of renewal. 
Said Shabbar, Université Sultan Moulay Slimane, Beni Mellal (Morocco).

MODULE 5: Historiography and spirituality in the Mediterranean:
  • Orientalism and post-Orientalism. 
Pedro Martínez Montávez, Professor Emeritus at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. 
Carmen Ruiz Bravo, a Professor of Arab Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  • History of Science and Religions in the Mediterranean. 
José Ramón Ayaso, Department of Semitic Studies, University of Granada. Miguel Ángel Valls Pintos, screenwriter, film producer and director.

MODULE 6: The phenomenon of Salafism:
  • Scientific Salafism, between the history of Islam and the principles of the Qur’an. 
Mohamed Haddad, Unesco Chair for the Science of Religions, University of Tunis. 
  • Jihadi Salafiyya, violence and extremisms in Europe and the Arab world.
Inmaculada Marrero, Department of International Public Law and International Relations, University of Granada.
Humberto Trujillo, Department of Behavioral Sciences Methodology, University of Granada.

MODULE 7: Gender Studies in the Mediterranean:
  • Feminisms and Islamic feminism in Europe. 
Natalia Andújar, Network of Muslim Women. 
Ewa Strzelecka, researcher, University of Granada.
  • Women in the Arab World. 
Aicha El Hajjami, Marrakesh University (Morocco). 
Caridad Ruiz de Almodóvar, Department of Semitic Studies, University of Granada.

MODULE 8: Contemporary Theological Studies:
  • New theologies. 
Juan José Tamayo, “Ignacio Ellacuría” Chair for Theology and Religion Sciences, Universidad Carlos III. 
Abdallah El Sayyed Ould Bah, University of Nouakchott (Mauritania).

MODULE 9: Islam in Europe:
  • Managing diversity and plurality in Europe. 
Tareq Oubrou, imam of the Bordeaux mosque (France). 
Jose Luis Villena Higueras, Department of Teaching Methods and Elementary Education, University of Granada.
  • Image of Islam in Europe. 
Bárbara Ruiz Bejarano, Unesco Chair: Islam, culture and society, University of Alicante.

MODULE 10: Religion, Emigration and Citizenship:
  • Religion, identity and citizenship in the Arab world. 
Redwan al-Sayyed, Lebanese University, Beirut (Lebanon). Mona Fayyad, Lebanese University. Beirut, Lebanon
  • Emigration, Identity and Citizenship in Europe. 
Johanna Buisson, Cambridge University (United Kingdom).

MODULE 11: Political Islam:
  • Political Islam in Europe. 
Rafael Ortega Rodrigo, Department of Semitic Studies, University of Granada.
  • Political Islam in the Arab world. 
Said Bensaid El Alaoui, Université Mohammed V, Rabat (Morocco).

MODULE 12: Religion and Modernity:
  • Philosophy and the philosophy of religion. 
Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Columbia University. New York (USA). Younes Qandil, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).
  • Epistemologies of the South and post-colonial studies. 
Jose Antonio González Alcantud. Aurora Álvarez Veinguer, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Granada.


* NOTE: Completion of the Master’s degree is conditional upon registration by the number of students stated in the program notice and/or authorized by the Graduate School.

Institutions involved: Universidad de Granada / Fundación Euroárabe de Altos Estudios / Fundación Mominoun 
The University of Granada is presenting the first edition of its own Master’s degree program: “Islam Today”