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Bachelor in Islamic Studies

  • Duration/Mode 4 years full time
  • Typical A-level offer: HLC UK


We offer BA, MA, and PhD history and religion degrees, with interdisciplinary modules, which encourage collaboration with other disciplines at Northampton. You will study alongside renowned academics whose research is building a new way of looking at the world, and whose interests encompass culture, religion, gender, economics, law, philosophy, politics, technology, and warfare. Our small group teaching means that our students enjoy greater time and attention than they may find in other degree programmes.  We will help you to develop the valuable critical thinking, research, and writing skills that will enable you to make a difference in the world in whatever career you choose.


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Islam is one of the most influential and widely practised religions in the world and there is a growing recognition that Islamic Studies is a subject of strategic importance both in the global context and in modern Britain.


This Islamic Studies degree offers you teaching of the highest standard, in a research-intensive environment where scholars and students come together to explore the rich and variegated landscape of Islam, the Islamicate, Muslim societies and cultures.


We combine several academic perspectives throughout the degree, including theology, history, philosophy, sociology and political science. The complex and evolving nature of our field of enquiry demands dynamic tools of analysis, meaning that you’ll study the conventional analytical tools applied in Islamic Studies alongside other approaches such as decoloniality and critical Muslim studies.


You can choose to study Arabic, Turkish or Persian language modules.


You’ll also be able to access a wide range of activities offered by the School’s Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam.



The program is taught for 4 years full time or online.


Specialist resources

Our departmental archive contains Arabic manuscripts, as well as 10,000 archaeological artefacts that range from Pharaonic to early Palestinian eras. It’s a fantastic research resource – as is our University Library, which has extensive collections relating to Middle Eastern politics and cultures as well as Islamic Studies. The University Library runs free classes and workshops so you can learn how to use them.


If you choose to study any language modules during your degree, you’ll have access to the University’s Language Zone with digital language labs, audio-visual booths and Computer-Assisted Language Learning


Course Guide

This degree comprises all the traditional subjects you would expect of a firmly grounded and well-designed Islamic Studies degree.

You’ll study modules that deal with Muslim theology, Shari’a law, Islamism, Qur’anic Studies and contemporary intellectual trends.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore intellectual traditions, social formations and political discourses that are too often marginalised or excluded altogether from the discipline. Examples include Sunni-Murji’ite theology, proto-Shi’i theology, Hanafi legal thought, sexual ethics, emancipatory readings of the Qur’an by women and Black Muslim liberation theology.

Throughout your degree, you’ll benefit from many opportunities to explore your own intellectual curiosities, especially from your second year onwards, when you will be able to formulate your own essay questions within certain modules.

In your final year, you’ll be able to put the research skills you have gained into practice in your Final Year Project – an independent piece of research on a topic of your own choosing.


Year 1


Compulsory modules

  • Arabic for Beginners20 credits
  • Muslim Beliefs: From Theology to Sunni-Shi’a Sectarianism20 credits
  • Early and Medieval Islamic History20 credits

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Persian for Beginners20 credits
  • Turkish for Beginners20 credits
  • Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilisation20 credits
  • Religion in Modern Britain10 credits

Discovery modules

You may also study discovery modules.


Year 2


Compulsory modules

  • The Shari’a: Theory, Practice, Transformations20 credits
  • Culture and Society in the Arab World20 credits
  • The Qur’an: History, Text and Intepretation20 credits


Year 3

  • Arabic for Beginners 220 credits
  • Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict20 credits
  • Arab Media, Politics and Society20 credits
  • Global Jihad: From the Taliban to ISIS20 credits
  • Modern Middle Eastern History20 credits
  • Black Europe20 credits

Discovery modules

You may also study discovery modules.


Year 3/4


Compulsory modules

  • Islam and Modernity 20 credits
  • The Hadith: History, Criticism and Canonisation 20 credits
  • Final Year Project 40 credits

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Arabic for Beginners 320 credits
  • Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict 20 credits
  • Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption 20 credits
  • Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents 20 credits
  • Decolonial Approaches20 credits
  • Social Movements across Cultures 20 credits