The Certificate in Islamic Thought combines Islamic credentials with academic rigor, along with a flexible schedule which suits working professionals and students. The objective of this program is to provide academically rigorous, faith-based education in Islamic studies, rooted within IIIT's approach and taught by first-rate scholars of Islam.
Students are required to take seven core courses and three electives (12 hours each), for a total of 120 hours of instruction. They can take one or more courses per semester. The Certificate can be completed in a year but most students will probably take 2 years to complete it. Those who are not interested in acquiring a CIT are welcome to take individual classes at their own pace and choice.
The CIT is ideal for working professionals, college and graduate students who would like to expand their Islamic knowledge, and community members who are seeking more rigorous approach to Islam.
The core courses are designed to give students a general overview of Islamic knowledge, while focusing on some of the pertinent issues Muslims are facing today.
Foundations of Islamic Belief: Kalam, Falsafah, and Tasawwuf
Introduction to Fiqh and Maqasid al-Shari’ah
Survey of Muslim History and Civilization
Contemporary Islamic Thought
Three elective courses (12 hours each, 36 hours total) chosen from the following, based on availability:
Advanced Islamic Theology: History, Development, and Major Schools
Islamic Reform Movements
Islamic Finance and Banking
Islam in America
Qur’an and Gender
Islamic Political Thought
Advanced Topics in Maqasid al-Shari’ah
Biography of the Prophet (SAW)
Other courses will be offered as electives, depending on instructors’ availability.
Students are highly encouraged to take Arabic language classes which can be studied through our partner institution, the Fawakih Institute.
The Fairfax Institute is a religious institution exempt from state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Pursuant to 8 VAC 40-21-50 of the Virginia Administrative Code, The Fairfax Institute is exempt from regulations of the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia for a period of five years, beginning June 8, 2016, and ending June 8, 2021, as long as the institution's primary purpose remains to provide religious training or theological education.