Islamic Foundations Certificate Program

Students pursuing the certificate program will take 8 core classes with 4 seminar courses during a one year period. Each class will be offered twice a year during two academic quarters.

Tuition: One year certificate program cost will be: $50 registration fee and $10 for each of the 8 courses and 5 seminars. Financial assistance and discounts are available on a need basis, for family members, and university students. 

A joint program sponsored by GSISS, the Heritage Trust, and the Washington Theological Consortium.

The purposes of the Taha Al-Alwani Certificate in Muslim-Christian Studies are (a) to give students a deeper knowledge of Islam/Christianity; (b) to give students greater knowledge of dialogue and of reconciliation; (c) to enable students to assume positions of interfaith leadership in their local communities; (d) to provide a foundation for future study of relations between Christianity and Islam.

The Certificate Director holds the Al-Alwani chair in Muslim-Christian Studies at the Consortium. The Director is assisted by an Advisory Board, made up of one school dean, and Christian and Muslim scholars qualified in this field. The Director will survey courses in the schools each term, and select those qualified for the Certificate, with advice form the Advisory Board, and reporting regularly to the Deans.

The certificate may be earned by any “Master’s level or higher degree or certificate student” who enrolls in one of the member schools, on a full-time or part-time basis. (Consortium Practices Booklet, 2005). If not enrolled, call the Consortium office for recommendations at (202) 832-2675.

St. Francis and Sultan Al-Kamil in 1219

Muslim students will usually come through the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences. On other campuses, the Dean or a faculty member will recommend the student to the certificate Director for the Certificate Program. The student will complete an enrollment form and submit it to the Director before the courses commence.

To receive a Certificate in Muslim-Christian Studies, the student must complete a total of twelve credits in courses that address Muslim-Christian dialogue as they are offered by faculty in the Consortium member schools.

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