Islamic Studies

58.04.01In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Concepts of Modern Asian and African Studies
  • Islam: A Universe of Ideas
  • Logic and Methodology of Research
  • English / German / French
  • Arabic / Persian / Turkish
  • Internship. Research Work
  • Digitisation of Islamic Manuscripts: Problems and Prospects
  • Confessional and Ethnic Climate in the Middle East
  • Islam and Politics in the Post-Soviet Space / Islamic Corporation and Corporate Governance / The Muslim East in Russian Orientalism: Discourse Formation and Evolution
  • Adat and Shariʻa in Modern Islamic Societies / Islamic Manuscript Tradition in Sub-Saharan Africa and the African Diaspora
Our advantages
  • The master's programme ‘Islamic Studies’ is aimed at developing in students a holistic understanding of Islam as an ideology based on a set of knowledge of: history; dogma; cult; philosophy; material and spiritual culture; ethics; law; the economic system; modern socio-political development; regional and ethnic differences; and modern reform trends. They also study in depth classical and modern literary Arabic.
  • The programme trains qualified experts with the necessary professional skills, including cultural and linguistic ones in line with the programme specific features. They will be ready to carry out expert, analytical, research, educational, teaching, organisational and managerial activities in the field of language, history and the culture of Islam. These include the activities aimed at preventing the spread of extremist ideology.
  • Graduates will be able to promote: the strengthening of Russian identity; preservation and development of the ethnocultural and religious diversity of the peoples of Russia; and the civic culture of communication.
International relations
  • The University of Michigan (the USA)
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Main areas of research
  • State administrative bodies
  • Ministries and agencies
  • Islamic educational institutions, Muslim religious organisations and associations
  • Research and educational institutions
  • Foreign policy and foreign economic organisations
  • The sphere of public diplomacy
Career opportunities
  • The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • The Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • The National Library of Russia
  • The Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the Russian Federation