The Certificate in Islamic Thought combines Islamic credentials with academic rigor along with a flexible schedule which suits working professionals. The objective of this program is to provide academically rigorous education in Islamic studies, rooted within IIIT's approach and taught by scholars from our diverse network of scholars. Program participants will be awarded 6 credit hours via Shenandoah University upon completion of the certificate.
Students will be required to take six core courses (15 hours each, 90 hours total) and two electives (15 hours each, 30 hours total).
The core courses will include three courses dealing with the three dimensions of Islam as contained in Hadith Jibrīl, viz. Imān, Islām, and Iḥsān corresponding to Islamic Worldview, Islamic Law and Islamic Spirituality, respectively. Since, the Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah are the two foundations of Islamic thought and practice, two courses will be devoted to them. Another component required to earn the certificate is the completion of a class on Muslim history and civilization in order to understand historical developments within the religion of Islam. Lastly, students will take a course devoted to Islam in the Modern World or Contemporary Islamic Thought.
6 core courses (15 hours each , 90 hours total): 1. Islamic Worldview and Spirituality 2. Islamic Law and Jurisprudence 3. The Qur’an 4. The Sunnah 5. Survey of Muslim History and Civilization 6. Islam in the Modern World/Contemporary Islamic Thought
Two elective courses (15 hours each, 30 hours total) chosen from the following based on availability: 1. Islamic Theology: History, Development, Schools 2. Comparative Religions 3. Higher Objectives ofSharīʿah 4. Islamic Reform Movements 5. Islamic Finance 6. Islam in America 7. The Role of Women in Islam
Students must also complete at least 2-3 levels of Arabic language classes which can be studied through theFawakih 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.