Degree: Master of Arts

Duration: 2-3 years

Language: Turkish

Program Description: This program seeks to equip students with an ability to compare the views of different schools of thought that have emerged throughout the history of Islamic though, by building on their knowledge from bachelor’s degree. It seeks to enable them to evaluate in a systematic and methodological manner the belief problematics, as well as existential and normative issues pertaining to individual and society. The program enables the candidates to specialize on specific topics and develop unique solutions to the problems, based on this formation. This program focuses on deriving the theological principles of the Islamic religion outlined in the Qur’an, defending these principles against other philosophical and theological world-views, analyzing the Islamic conception of belief (called tawhid in the Qur’an) and other central articles of faith in Islam, including Deity (uluhiyya), Prophethood (nubuwwa), and Afterlife .  In this context, courses are given related to History of Kalam and Systematic Kalam. In the former, there are courses on the formative period and conditions of the discipline, the main theological paradigms and principles that have emerged throughout its history, and the like. Islamic theological schools (Murji’a, Jabriyya, Mu‘tazila, Ash‘ariyya, Maturidiyya, Shi‘a, etc.) are investigated from a comparative perspective. In the latter, there are courses on classical theological issues such as deity, prophethood, afterlife, the human being, morality, and reason and revelation, as well as contemporary theological topics such as secularism, atheism, reincarnation, religion and science, religion and politics, democracy, human rights, and the environment. Yusuf Ziya Yörükan, Muhammed b. Tavit Tanci, Hüsnü Lostar, Nafiz Danışman, and Hüseyin Atay are among the prestigious scholarly figures who have taught courses in the Department.

Graduation Requirements: Master’s Degree Program with thesis consists of at least seven courses, one seminar, other educational activities and thesis that totals to a minimum of 21 National Credits and 120 ECTS. Students should take 60 ETCS from courses and seminar, and 60 ECTS from thesis. Non-thesis Master’s Degree Program consist of at least 10 courses and semester project that totals to a minimum of 30 National Credits and 90 ECTS. In order to be successful in a course, student’s grade must at least 2,75 out of 4.

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