UP Academic Program Improvement (API) writeshop/workshop on UP-IIS MA in Islamic Studies curriculum development

Since the establishment of the first high quality MA program in Islamic Studies nationwide, it reflected a generalized degree study on Islam. The new additions of specializations musing as UP-IIS response to the exigencies of changing (modern) times. This contemplation resulted to several months of curriculum revision and development that culminated on a 2-day writeshop/workshop held on 24-25 November 2017 at the La Breza Hotel, Quezon City. The Master of Arts in Islamic Studies (thesis plan with 42 or 48 units) will have four specializations.

1. Islamic Thought and Civilization
2. International Relations (Siyar) of the Ummah
3. History and Society of Muslims in the Philippines
4. Islamic Law (Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines)

All specializations will have similar core courses on:
– IS 211: The Qur’an and Its Commentary (Tafsir)
– IS 212: The Biography and Traditions (Hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad
– IS 213: History of Islam
– IS 214: Survey of Islamic Thought
– IS 299: Research Proposal Writing in Islamic Studies

The MA in Islamic Studies major in Islamic Thought and Civilization is composed of:
Major Courses
-IS 261: Islamic Literature
-IS 262: Kalam and Islamic Philosophy
-IS 263: Islamic Political Thought
-IS 264: Legacy of Islamic Civilization
Major Electives
-IS 265: Islamic Science
-IS 266: Special Topics in Islamic Thought and Civilization (Art, Orientalism, and Philippine Islam)
-IS 268: Ihsan and Islamic Spirituality
-IS 269: Hikmah and Contemporary Islamic Philosophy

The MA in Islamic Studies major in International Relations (Siyar) of the Ummah is composed of:
Major Courses
– IS 221: Introduction to International Relations (Siyar) of the Ummah
– IS 222: Islam Hadhari and the Western Global Order
– IS 223: The Ummah, Dawla and International Organizations
– IS 224: Islamic Diplomacy of Safir, Wafd, and Aman
Major Electives
– IS 225: Islamic Democracy of Shura, Maslaha, ‘Adl, Bay’ah, and Ijma
– IS 226: Special Topics in International Relations (Siyar) of the Ummah
– IS 227: Nationalized Muslims and the Muslim Diaspora

The MA in Islamic Studies major in History and Society of Muslims in the Philippines is composed of:
Major Courses
– IS 281: History of Muslims in the Philippines
– IS 282: Cultural Dynamics: Social Change in Moro Communities
– IS 283: Literary Traditions of the Muslims in the Philippines
– IS 284: Moro Historiography
Major Electives
– IS 285: Arab Historiography
– IS 287: Social and Political Institutions of the Muslims in the Philippines
– IS 288: The Relations of Muslims and Non-Muslim Communities in a National Society

The MA in Islamic Studies major in Islamic Law (Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines) is composed of:
Major Courses
– IS 271: Introduction to Islamic Law (Shari’a) and Jurisprudence (Fiqh)
– IS 272: Islamic Law on Persons, Family Relations and Property
– IS 273: Islamic Law on Inheritance and Succession
– IS 274: Islamic Courts and Judicial Procedure
Major Electives
– IS 275: Islamic Commercial Law
– IS 276: Special Topics in Islamic Law (Islamic Law and International Humanitarian Law)
– IS 277: Introduction to Islamic Criminal Law

All MA students can select 3 to 6 units from any of the general electives and seminar courses.
– IS 231: Islam in Southeast Asia
– IS 232: Introduction to Islamic Economics
– IS 233: Islamic Education
– IS 251: Special Topics in Islamic Studies
– IS 252: Special Topics in Halal Lifestyle
– IS 253: Special Topics in Contemporary Development in Islam (Muslim World)
– IS 241: Seminar: Islamic Revivalism & Contemporary Muslim Movements
– IS 242: Seminar: Islamic Banking and Finance
– IS 243: Seminar: Islamic Art
– IS 244: Seminar: Ibn Khaldun’s International Relations (Siyar) of the Ummah
– IS 245: Seminar: Contemporary Issues and Trends in Philippine Muslim Societies

These curriculum changes and revisions are not yet final. They are subjected to approval from university’s administrators. In addition, the UP administration counterpart is to provide us building to house all our programs and support us in our initiative as we are contributing to nation building inline with university’s mandate.

 

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