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Welcome to Islamic World Studies

Islamic World Studies offers a multidisciplinary minor and a new Certificate in CUA's School of Arts & Sciences that assemble University offerings on the Near East and Islamic world into sub-concentrations that supplement undergraduate majors in the humanities and social sciences. The program draws on the expertise of scholars in Modern Languages, Semitics, History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, as well as resources of the J.K. Mullen Library and in the Consortium of Washington Area Universities.

IWS's focus is the Muslim world from the rise of Islam in late antiquity until today, and Muslim societies from the Middle East to South and Southeast Asia and, increasingly, in Europe and the Americas.


New IWS Certificate Program

A Certificate in Islamic World Studies has been approved by the Academic Senate and will be available beginning Fall 2012.

Like the European Studies Certificate before it, the IWS Certificate is designed for students undertaking a significant commitment to language learning in connection with area studies that extend majors in the humanities and social sciences with coordinated courses on a region of the world, in this case the Islamic world, from other departments plus a significant level of training in Arabic.

Attention!  For advising, approval of electives, and other information about the IWS program, contact Prof. Jon W. Anderson.


IWS Minor

The Islamic World Studies minor is offered for students who want to assemble the University's courses on different parts or aspects of the Muslim world into a minor that complements majors in the social sciences or humanities with an area studies focus, but without committing to advanced language training.



Current Courses.


Classes in or requiring Arabic: 


ARAB 102 Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic II (second semester)
MTWRF 11:10-12


ARAB 104 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II (requires 103 or placement test)
MTWR 2:10-3:00


ARAB 204 Advanced Arabic II (by placement test)
TR 12:40-1:55


SEM 542 Introduction to Arabic II (Classical)
Permission of Instructor Required



Classes not requiring Arabic (all in English):


HIST 309 Rise of Islam
REQUIRED CLASS for the minor
TTh 9:40-10:55 Prof. Weitz


ART 341 Islamic Art & Architecture


POLI 327 Nationalism and Islam: Social Movements
TTh 12:35-1:50

SEM 247 Arabic Literature in Translation
MWF 12:40-1:30  Dr. Talia

*TRS 398 Introduction to Islam
WF 2:10-3:25 and WF 3:40-4:55

*TRS 395 Contemporary Christian-Muslim Relations
TTh 11:10-12:25.  Prof. Valkenberg 


*Courses that also satisfy a Religion requirement for Arts & Sciences students