Islamic Studies


Course Contents

          SEMESTER 1

SPS 101 Humanity and Society I

SPS 103 Comparative Theories and Methods I

SIS 101 Qur’an Recitation and Tajweed (Kur’an Okuma ve Tecvid I)

Qur’an Recitation course aims to teach students how to recite Quran with correct pronunciation using methods of Quran Tajweed.

SIS 103 Intensive Arabic I

This is an intensive Arabic language course. It starts from the novice low level and reaches the Intermediate-mid level. In addition to presenting, through the four skills, the common topics of communication in everyday life, the course introduces some simple texts related to Islamic sciences, to equip the students with the main terminologies they are going to study in their classes.

GE 100 Introduction to University Life

SIS 105 Dini Musiki

This course starts with the definition of music, its importance, areas of use for and its assessment in terms of fiqh (Islamic law). Then, the course fill follow a chronological approach parallel with political and social context from pre-Islamic era up till now. Moreover; notes, intervals, modes, rhythms and forms of religious music will be performed during the classes.

EDU 101* Introduction to Education

          SEMESTER 2

SPS 102 Humanity and Society II

SPS 104 Comparative Theories and Methods II

SIS 102 Kur’an Okuma ve Tecvid II

SIS 104 Intensive Arabic II

This is an intensive Arabic language course which starts from the Intermediate-mid and reaches the advanced low level.  Topics handled in this course are related to everyday life issues. The course helps students to deal with some complicated situations (in the market, school, street, communications etc). Students learn how to connect long sentences to produce verbally and written paragraphs in the past, present and future tenses, and with topics including but not limited to description and comparison. The course presents modern and classical texts. Some modern and classical texts related to Islamic sciences are introduced to give the students the tool to deal with Islamic terminologies and to be able to understand the special style of writing in the classical texts.

EDU 102* Educational Technology

          SEMESTER 3

HIST 101 History of Modern Turkey I 

TLL 101 Modern Turkish Literature I 

This course covers the basic concepts of Turkish-Islamic Literature, different stages of its developments and main representatives and aims to help students improving their academic competency on the subject.  

TLL 301 Basic Ottoman Turkish I 1 (DİL DERSİ)

SIS 201 Principles of Islamic Creed

Principles of the Islamic creed will be presented on the basis of fundamental aqaid texts and topics of belief in Allah, belief in the angels, belief in holy books, belief in the prophets, belief in the Day of Judgment and belief in God’s predestination will be covered.

SIS 203 Siyer

The political, social, cultural and religious landscape of the Arabian Peninsula started to change with the emergence of Islam at the beginning of the seventh century.  Since then, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as the main dynamic of this change, has played a key role historically and theologically in the center of Muslim life and thought. To analyze the main references of Islamic learning tradition, Islamic culture and civilization, one needs to have sufficient information about the defining elements of the Prophet’s life. For this reason, this course will study the historical background of the pre-Islamic Arabia and then cover the important benchmarks of the Prophet Muhammad’s entire life in Mecca and Medina as presented in the earliest biographical and historical sources. Topics also include themes such as universal messages of the Prophet, family life of the Prophet, his marriages and the image of the Prophet in Western biographies.

SIS 205 History and Methodology of Tafsir

In this course the issues related to history and methodology of tafsîr are discussed. In the history of tafsîr, revelation of the Qur’an, writing and reading of the revelation, formation and punctuation of Mushaf, interpretation of Qur’an by the Prophet, his companions and subsequent generations, the tafsîr books written in the following periods are examined. In the methodology of tafsîr Qur’anic sciences such as asbâb al-nüzûl, makkî-madanî, garîb al-Qur’an, majâz al-Qur’an, muhkam and muteshabih, i’câz al-Qur’an, al-nâsih ve al-mensûh are explained

EDU 353* Psychology of Learning

EDU 201* Teaching Principals and Methods  

          SEMESTER 4

HIST 102 History of Modern Turkey II (TARİH)

TLL 102 Modern Turkish Literature II 

SIS 202 Essentials of Islamic Worship

Objective of this course is an in-depth comprehension of Islamic worship with its references and goals.It covers the conception of Islamic worship, its various manifestations, five pillars of Islam, and other religious duties such as prayer, fasting, hajj, umrah, almsgiving and sadaqa al-fitr, sacrifice, oaths, atonement, issues of permissible and prohibited, and some related contemporary issues. 

SIS 204 Islamic History

The discipline of Islamic History concerns the historical, social, political and economic developments of the Muslim societies from its emergence to the present day. While Siyar course examines the life the Prophet Muhammad from the Islamic perspective, Islamic History traces the expansion of Islam into the diverse geographies defined as “the Muslim World.” Within this framework, the course will cover some important historical events that have led to significant transformations in the periods of Rashidun Caliphate, Umayyads, Abbasids, Muslim Andalusia, the Muslim dynasties, Seljuks and Ottomans. The course will also cover the subject of minority Muslim communities all over the world. The aim of the course is to give a broad outline of the subjects and to encourage students to do further readings.

SIS 206 History of Philosophy

This course is an introduction to the history of philosophy, examines primarily the earlier worldview of ancient Greek within the context of mythology, tragedy, sophistic culture and democracy. After exploring the development of the Pre-Socratic traditions, expressly Pythagoreanism, Eleatic and Milesian schools, the essential thought of Plato and Aristotle will be subsequently investigated concerning nature, knowledge and virtue. We will examine the dialogues of Plato, to understand his ontological approaches as the theory of Ideas, immortality of the soul, and political consideration about city and justice. We will then focus on Aristotle’s own philosophical system, according to the formulation of the principles of logic and the structure of science. Through primary sources students are introduced to the central questions of Hellenistic philosophy, Platonism, Aristotelianism, Stoicism, Epicureanism and their encounter with Latin Christianity. Finally, we will study the impact of Greek thought on the religious traditions, encounter of medieval theology with ancient philosophy and the transformation of questioning and conceptualizing of faith, morality and culture

SIS 208 The History of Ḥadīth and its Usūl

In this course we will be studying: the foundational concepts of ḥadīth studies, the categorization of ḥadīths according to their sanad and matn, sanad and matn studies, the various methods of ḥadīth narration and the tabaqāt of narrators, forming a general conceptualization of ḥadīth studies, the beginning of ḥadīth narration, the writing of ḥadīth, the stages of tasnīf and tadvīn that the narrations of ḥadīth passed through in their historical development, and the ḥadīth school in the first period.

EDU 202* History of Turkish Education 

Elective Pedagogic Formation Course

          SEMESTER 5

SIS 301 al-Tafsir I

This course attempts to explain the pieces of revelation selected from various verses and surahs of the Qur’an by taking advantage of the tafsir acquis formed in the course of history. Particularly aims to interpret the meanings of the Fatiha and the surahs between Duha-Nas which mainly take place among the first revelations and are frequently read in prayers. 

SIS 303 Ḥadīth I

Through application the student will use the foundational knowledge they gained about the usūl of ḥadīth in The History of Ḥadīth and its Usūl course by reading select ḥadīth texts from important sources, analyzing them from the vantage point of sanad and matn. In addition to this, the student will memorize 20 ḥadīth designated by the professor.

SIS 305 Islamic Law I 

Objective of this course is a thorough comprehension of Islamic jurisprudence with special reference to the personal statutes and penal law. This course encompasses the body of nonfinancial Islamic laws related to private and civilian matters and criminal matters in terms of legal issues, terminology and institutions. 

SIS 307 Classical Logic

Logic as a science examining the laws of thought will be introduced and topics that are subject to science of logic under the title of notion and term, definition, five predicables, premise and types of premise, laws between premises, laws of thought and syllogism will be covered based on the Isagoge of al-Abhari.

SIS 311 Belağat

This course aims to provide the students with the knowledge necessary to understand and evaluate literary texts of classical Arabic literature. The Eloquence (Rhetoric ) is dealt with in accordance with the traditional classification by taking into consideration the change and development process it has undergone, and it draws attention to its corresponding aspects to modern linguistics. The aspects appropriate for the evaluation of contemporary texts are emphasized. While presenting the subjects in a special fashion, some selected parts of the celebrated works of this field are read and introduced.

PHIL 301 Islamic Philosophy I 

EDU 343* Measurement and Evaluation

          SEMESTER 6

SIS 302 al-Tafsir II

It deals with groups of verses containing different topics from different parts of the Qur’an, and tries to explain the verses that contain directive messages about events that can be encountered in practical life. al-Bakara, 2 / 153-157, 284-286, Ali ‘Imran, 3/190-194, at-Tawba, 9 / 111-112, al-Isra, 17 / 31-40, al-Mu’minun, 23 / 1-11, al-Hujurat , 49 / 6-11 are among the passages covered in this context.

SIS 304 Ḥadīth II

Through application the student will use the foundational knowledge they gained about the usūl of ḥadīth in The History of Ḥadīth and its Usūl course by reading select ḥadīth texts from important sources, analyzing them from the vantage point of sanad and matn. In addition to this, the student will memorize 20 ḥadīth designated by the professor.

SIS 306 Islamic Law II 

Objective of this course is an analysis of property rights and the circulation of such rights among persons. This course includes fundamentals of property rights, the legitimate ways of their circulation among persons with special reference to the essential terms and institutions such as assets, contract, its formation, torts, and obligations.

SIS 308 Sufism 

The course of Sufism is a course that examines the process of formation of Sufism and its interaction with other disciplines, as well as the main terms of Sufism terminology. The main figures of the history of Sufism and their effects are also subject of the course. Throughout the course, the student will have a general knowledge of the classical sources of this discipline. Considering the fact that Sufism is a tradition that is still alive, it will be within the scope of the course to address contemporary Sufism movements.

SIS 309 Kalam

Definition, subject, purpose and methods of ilm al-kalam will be examined and subjects being gathered under the titles of divinity, prophethood and afterlife will be discussed. In addition, history of kalam will be included and formation of kalam, historical periods of Mutakaddimun, Mutaahhirun and New Ilm al-Kalam will be reviewed comparatively.

SIS 310 History of Religions

History of Religions examines religious traditions with the aid of history, philology, phenomenology, philosophy and anthropology. It seeks to understand religions by classifying and making comparisons between them.

EDU 302*Classroom Management 

          SEMESTER 7

SIS 401 Methodology of Islamic Jurisprudence 

Objective of this course is exposition of the methodology of Islamic jurisprudence. The methodology of Islamic jurisprudence, its nature, emergence and literature; theory of legal rulings; deductive methods for arriving at legal rulings; main objectives of legal rules; legal hermeneutics; reasoning strategies underlying interpretative intertextuality while compromising various seemingly contradicting data; Ijtihad and Taqlid (imitation)

SIS 403 History of Turkish-Islamic Arts (Türk İslam Sanatları Tarihi)

This course aims to raise awareness of Islamic arts for the School of Islamic Studies students underlying the importance of arts in the society. The course also aims to draw a map for historical development of Islamic arts from its formation up to the present and provide information about the art works, especially architectural artifacts, created in the Turkish and Islamic World.

EDU 451* Öğretmenlik Uygulaması I

          SEMESTER 8

SIS 402 History of Islamic Sects

Formation process of Islamic sects will be analyzed through the causes. By using classical sources in this area, views of the sects and differences between distinct sects will be discussed.

PSY 434 Psychology of Religion

EDU 452* Öğretmenlik Uygulaması II



PHIL 449 Philosophy of Religion

SIS 405 Klasik Tefsir Metinleri

In this course, the tafsir literature which is formed during the historical process is introduced. Sample texts such as Tabari, Bagavî, Ibn Kesîr are examined as well as dirayat based tafsirs such as Maturîdî, Zamahshari, Fakh al-Din al-Râzî and Ebussuûd. Classical period commentators and methods and features of the works they wrote are shown practically.

SIS 406 Günümüz Tefsir Problemleri

In this course, firstly, issues that differ in the context of the understanding and interpretation of the Qur’an are identified, and then different approaches to these issues and their justifications are emphasized. The interpretation of the ahkâm verses, the discussions of historicity of the verses, the interpretation of the verses in relation to the creation of women in the context of contemporary female debates, the scientific commentary and controversies arising from the interpretation of some verses in the light of today’s scientific data are among the topics discussed.

SIS 407 Ḥadīth Texts

Students will read selected chapters from core ḥadīth commentary literature, and analyze said ḥadīths from the vantage point of riwāya and dirāyah. This course will be covered from the vantage point of fiqh al- ḥadīth, as well as related branches of study such as fiqh, kalām, tafsīr and will analyze how the period’s knowledge-formation is reflected in the commentary literature.

SIS 408 Contemporary Issues in Ḥadīth 

In this course students will cover discussions that arose in the field of ḥadīth in the modern and postmodern period. Students will analyze topics such as the importance of singular reports, criticisms directed at the companion Abu Hurayrah the ‘arḍ of ḥadīths (checking ḥadīths) in Bukhāri and Muslim, against the Koran, reason, statistics, and scientific information, and the general approach of orientalism to ḥadīth studies.

SIS 409 History of Islamic Law 

Objective of this course is formation and development of Islamic jurisprudence. It scrutinizes the birth time of Islamic jurisprudence as a discipline of religious knowledge and the periodization of its historical development until our time. The formation and classical periods are studied in terms of scholars, literary works and concepts.

SIS 410 Selected Readings from Muqaddima

SIS 411 Classical Sufi Texts

The course aims to help the students to get acquaintance with literature of tasawwuf in general, its language, and the map of its concepts through examining the primary works, authorities, its terminology, and figurative language. In this regard, classical texts of the field are selected, examined, and discussed with a linguistic analysis of this literature. 

SIS 412 Contemporary World and Sufism

The course will deal with Sufi movements in the contemporary world, especially the new formations in the West. The young researcher will find opportunities to recognize these trends, their main figures and their works, some of them originating from the Islamic world and the mainstream and some of them formed by the synthesis of various religions and mystical movements.

SIS 413 Türk İslam Edebiyatı

SIS 414 Adab-ı Bahs ve Münazara

Adāb al-Bahs wa’l-Munāzara (The Etiquette of Discussion and Argumentation) is a field of study that sets the rules and method of rational (aqli) and revealed (naqli) knowledge based argumentation, which aims to expose the truth and defends the human mind from any logical fallacy at any normative debate. Although the field is operative in all sorts of polemical and dialectical arguments, it has a critical role especially in certain fields of Islamic studies such as Kalam, Usul al-Fiqh and Fiqh. In other words, the field of argumentation concerns disclosing the truth between two contestants on a disputed topic and uses a mode of argumentation with a systematic approach, which involves questions, responses, objections and solutions in order to refute the opponent. While scholars of Kalām or Mutakallimūn practiced it for theological issues, the Usuliyyūn or Muslim legal theorist/methodologists used it for methodic purposes. Muslim jurists or Fuqahā utilized it for legal matters. As in any other field of study, it has several specific concepts and methodic terms. Among the most significant ones are sā’il (the questioner), muaʿllil/mustaʿdil (claimant)  naqd (invalidation/integral-refutation), munāqada (objection to a premise/refutation/inconsistency), sanad  (support), musallam (granted/self-evident) , manʻ (exclusion/objection), mamnuʻ (impossible/invalid), ilzām (compelling) and ifḥām (silencing/confutation).  This course covers the definition of the field of argumentation, its basic concepts, subject, objective and fundemental questions.

SIS 415 Tasavvuf Musikisi

This course primarily focuses on the relationship between Sufism and music. In this regard, forms of tekke (dervish lodge) music and its performances will be presented in detail. Especially, musical components of dhikr within the tarikats (religious orders) will be prioritized. Following, if exists, the symbolic meanings will be discussed.

SIS 416 Ahkamu’l-Kur’an

In this course firstly the commentators of the judicial verses of the Qur’an and their works are introduced, and then examples from the judicial verses of the Qur’an are dealt with in terms of language and content, finally the interpretations and analyzes of the commentators of judicial verses are examined.

SIS 417 Vaz’ İlmi

This course which covers all the aspects of Ilm al-wad’ (semiology) focuses on Arabic alfaz (utterances) which contitute the language of the religous/divine text (nass) from the point of wad’ (semiotics) or signification. It examines who designated the utterances for which particular meanings as well as the means and methods of their designation. Ilm al wad’ divides the Arabic utterances into several categories and explains what each category is designated for and what meanings they signify.  In this regard, ilm al-wad’ is an abstract of Arabic and is considered as the first step to teach Islamic sciences and language studies. This course will cover the definition of ilm al-wad’, its basic concepts, subject, objective and fundamental questions.

SIS 418 İslam İktisadı ve Finansı

This course deals with the factors of production and economic ethics, delineates the development of economics and public finance as sector in the era of Prophet, and provides necessary knowledge to make comparison between the different time spans of Islamic history.

SIS 419 Classical Islamic Legal 

Objective of this course is analysis of Islamic authoritative legal texts selected from different periods, genres and schools. The clarification and determination of a classical legal text, its compass, and significance; selection of various samples from authoritative texts of different legal genres. These texts will be subjected to an analysis of content and structure throughout the semester. 

SIS 420 The History of Islamic Civilization

Islamic civilization has an important place among the world civilizations with its unique institutions, structure of thought, science, culture, art works and social genres. In this course, the meaning of the term civilization and its scope, the material-spiritual factors for the emergence of Islamic Civilization, different historical phases of its development, the crises it has gone through in history and the contemporary issues related to Islamic Civilization, will be examined from a historical perspective. The course particularly will focus on the knowledge, ma‘rifah, love, morality and aesthetic dimension of the Islamic Civilization, its formative elements, distinctive factors, and the areas of interaction with different civilization zones. Taking into account the existence of bias and misperception that has developed towards the Islamic Civilization in Western countries over the centuries, we also discuss the Ottoman Civilization experience.

SIS 421 Kalam Problems of Our Age

Subjects, being in the scope of faith problems in our age and lead to renewal of methodology in kalam, like Atheism, Deism, Agnosticism, Freudism, Darwinism, Reincarnation, Satanism, Positivism, Materialism and Science-Religion relationship will be handled and evaluated with the perspective of ilm al-kalam.

SIS 423 Study of Religions and Sects in the Islamicate History

This course focuses on the history of religions from the beginning of Islamic history to the present day. In this course, the works and thoughts of Ibn Hazm, Rabhguzi, Shahristani and other important names will be discussed.

SIS 424 New Age Movements

New Age Movements examine various religious and spiritual organizations, cults and movements which emerged in Europe and North America in the late twentieth century, especially those inspired by eastern esoterism.

SIS 426 Din Eğitimi

This course focuses on religious educational issues such as the historical development of religious education; its theoretical foundations and field researches; how and in what way human beings are connected with God and the others; Qur’an and religious education; the history of religious education in Turkey; Alevism and its religious education.

SOC 309 Sociology of Religion 


FRE 301 Basic French I

FRE 302 Basic French II

FRE 303 Intermediate French I

FRE 304 Intermediate French II

GER 301 Basic German I

GER 302 Basic German II

GER 303 Intermediate German I

GER 304 Intermediate German II

GRE 301 Basic Greek I

GRE 302 Basic Greek II

HEB 301 Basic Hebrew I

HEB 302 Basic Hebrew II

LAT 301 Basic Latin I

LAT 302 Basic Latin II

PERS 301 Basic Persian I

PERS 302 Basic Persian II

PERS 303 Intermediate Persian I

PERS 304 Intermediate Persian II

PERS 307 Intensive Basic Persian

PERS 308 Intensive Intermediate Persian

SPA 301 Basic Spanish I

SPA 302 Basic Spanish II

SPA 303 Intermediate Spanish I

SPA 304 Intermediate Spanish II

TLL 302 Basic Ottoman Turkish II

TLL 303 Intermediate Ottoman Turkish I

TLL 304 Intermediate Ottoman Turkish II

TLL 305 Ottoman Paleography and Diplomatica

TLL 306 Advanced Readings in Ottoman Historical Texts

TLL 307 Intensive Basic Ottoman Turkish

TLL 308 Intensive Intermediate Ottoman Turkish



EDU 101 Introduction to Education (Eğitime Giriş)

EDU 102 Educational Technology (Öğretim Teknolojileri)

EDU 201 Teaching Principals and Methods (Öğretim İlke ve Yöntemleri)

EDU 202 History of Turkish Education (Türk Eğitim Tarihi)

EDU 302 Classroom Management (Sınıf Yönetimi)

EDU 343 Measurement and Evaluation (Eğitimde Ölçme ve Değerlendirme)

 EDU 353 Psychology of Learning (Eğitim Psikolojisi)

 EDU 451 Öğretmenlik Uygulaması I

EDU 452 Öğretmenlik Uygulaması II



EDU 210 Critical and Analytical Thinking (Eleştirel ve Analitik Düşünme)

EDU 214 Character and Value Education (Karakter ve Değer Eğitimi)

EDU 321 Drama in Education (Eğitimde Drama)

EDU 420 Comparative Education (Karşılaştırmalı Eğitim)


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