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Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies

Location

Location

  • Institute of Islamic Studies
  • Morrice Hall, Room 319
  • 3485 McTavish Street
  • Montreal, QC H3A 1Y1
  • Canada

About Islamic Studies

About Islamic Studies

Opportunities for research are wide and varied, reflecting the interests of both the faculty and students. Students may choose a specialization from the following options: Arabic Literatures; Arab American/Arab Canadian Literatures; Persian Literature; Urdu Literature; Islamic Theology; Islamic Philosophy; Science in Islamic Societies; Islamic History; Safavid History; History of the Modern Middle East; Anthropology and History of Modern Iran; Islam and Politics; Islam in Africa; and Women and Gender Studies in Islam. Students have the opportunity to be involved in a number of cutting-edge research projects.

The degrees and specializations offered at the Institute are the M.A. in Islamic Studies (Thesis); M.A. in Islamic Studies (Thesis) with Option in Gender and Women’s Studies; Ph.D. in Islamic Studies; and Ph.D. in Islamic Studies with Option in Gender and Women’s Studies.

The Islamic Studies Library is especially strong in its reference materials and periodical holdings for the Islamic regions. The collection, one of the largest in North America, contains over 100,000 volumes in the principal European languages as well as in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, and other Islamic languages.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Islamic Studies (Thesis) (45 credits)
Students pursuing the M.A. in Islamic Studies at the Institute normally have an undergraduate specialization in the Humanities or Social Sciences, preferably with a Major in Islamic Studies or Middle Eastern Studies and knowledge of Arabic at the introductory level. The atmosphere at the Institute is strongly international and the low student-teacher ratio is conducive to a high degree of interaction. Subsequent career paths include teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels, working for NGOs, government agencies, or companies doing business in Islamic countries, and further graduate study in the field.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Islamic Studies (Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (45 credits)
This option is an interdisciplinary program for students who wish to specialize in Islamic Studies and earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. Students pursuing the degree at the Institute normally have an undergraduate specialization in the Humanities or Social Sciences, preferably with a Major in Islamic Studies or Middle Eastern Studies and knowledge of Arabic at the introductory level. The student’s Master’s thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies. Subsequent career paths include teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels, working for NGOs, government agencies, or companies doing business in Islamic countries, and further graduate study in the field.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Islamic Studies
Students pursuing the Ph.D. in Islamic Studies degree at the Institute normally have a graduate specialization in the Humanities or Social Sciences, preferably in Islamic Studies or Middle Eastern Studies and knowledge of Arabic at the lower intermediate level. Admission to the Ph.D. program will be granted on the basis of the Admissions Committee's opinion that the applicant can successfully fulfil the academic requirements of the program within an appropriate span of time (normally six years). The language component of the degree is demanding; students are required to have knowledge of Arabic, a second Islamic language and a research, usually European, language. Our Institute has been extremely successful in placing its Ph.D. graduates in top-ranking academic jobs in North America. Institute alumni now hold tenured chairs at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, as well as at leading Canadian universities. Our graduates help to ensure that a plurality of approaches to Islamic civilization is available to the students of today and tomorrow.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Islamic Studies — Gender and Women's Studies
This option is an interdisciplinary program for students who wish to specialize in Islamic Studies and earn 9 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. The student’s Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies. Students pursuing the Ph.D. in Islamic Studies degree at the Institute normally have a graduate specialization in the Humanities or Social Sciences, preferably in Islamic Studies or Middle Eastern Studies and knowledge of Arabic at the lower intermediate level. Admission to the Ph.D. program will be granted on the basis of the Admissions Committee's opinion that the applicant can successfully fulfil the academic requirements of the program within an appropriate span of time (normally six years). The language component of the degree is demanding; students are required to have knowledge of Arabic, a second Islamic language and a research, usually European, language. Our Institute has been extremely successful in placing its Ph.D. graduates in top-ranking academic jobs in North America. Institute alumni now hold tenured chairs at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, as well as at leading Canadian universities. Our graduates help to ensure that a plurality of approaches to Islamic civilization is available to the students of today and tomorrow.

Islamic Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Islamic Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a degree (B.A. or M.A.) from a recognized university, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4 (or equivalent), OR a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 out of 4 in the last two years of full-time studies, according to Canadian standards. The degree should be in the Humanities or Social Sciences, preferably in Islamic or Middle Eastern Studies.

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit acceptable evidence of competence in English before their application for admission can be considered. GRE scores are not required. Please see the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information, www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

Applications will be considered upon receipt of:

  1. McGill University application form;
  2. application fee of $100, payable by credit card;
  3. two originals of all official university transcripts (B.A. and/or M.A. if applicable);
  4. two letters of recommendation for M.A. applications OR three letters of recommendation for Ph.D. applications;
  5. proof of English competency (if applicable);
  6. Institute of Islamic Studies Academic Information Background form;
  7. copy of M.A. thesis for Ph.D. applicants.

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

For dates for guaranteed consideration, please consult the following website: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/programs. Then select the appropriate program.

All application documents must be submitted directly to the Chair, Admissions Committee, Institute of Islamic Studies, before the dates for guaranteed consideration.

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

Islamic Studies Faculty

Islamic Studies Faculty

Director
F. Jamil Ragep
Emeritus and Retired Professors
Sajida S. Alvi; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Punj.) (emeritus)
Issa J. Boullata; Ph.D.(Lond.) (emeritus)
Donald P. Little; B.A.(Vanderbilt), M.A.(Stan.), Ph.D.(Calif.) (emeritus)
Eric Ormsby; B.A.(Penn.), M.A.(Princ.), M.L.S.(Rutg.), Ph.D.(Princ.) (retired)
A. Üner Turgay; B.A.(Robert Coll., Istanbul), M.A., Ph.D.(Wisc.) (retired)
Professor
F. Jamil Ragep; B.A., M.A.(Mich.), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Associate Professors
Rula J. Abisaab; B.A.(Amer. U. Beirut), M.A.(Calif. St.), M.Phil., Ph.D.(Yale)
Michelle L. Hartman; B.A.(Col.), D.Phil.(Oxf.)
Laila Parsons; B.A.(Exe.), D.Phil.(Oxf.)
Robert Wisnovsky; B.A.(Yale), M.A., Ph.D.(Princ.)
Assistant Professors
Malek H. Abisaab; B.A.(Lebanese U.), M.A.(CUNY), Ph.D.(Binghamton)
Prashant Keshavmurthy; B.A.(Jawaharlal Nehru Univ.), M.A.(Delhi), Ph.D.(Col.)
Setrag Manoukian; B.A.(Venezia), M.A., Ph.D.(Mich.)
Khalid M. Medani; B.A.(Brown), M.A.(G’town), M.A., Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
Faculty Lecturers
Shokry Gohar; B.A.(Cairo)
David Nancekivell; B.A., M.A.(Laval)
Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi; B.A., M.S., Ph.D.(Azad)

Master of Arts (M.A.); Islamic Studies (Thesis) (45 credits)

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Islamic Studies (Thesis) (45 credits).

Master of Arts (M.A.); Islamic Studies (Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (45 credits)

The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an inter­disciplinary program for students who meet degree requirements in Islamic Studies (and other participating departments and facul­ties) who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. The student’s master’s thesis must ...

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Islamic Studies (Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (45 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Islamic Studies

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Islamic Studies .

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Islamic Studies — Gender and Women's Studies

The graduate option in Gender and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in Islamic Studies who wish to earn 9 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women's studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. The student's Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender ...

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Islamic Studies — Gender and Women's Studies .

Faculty of Arts—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)