HDS 3364

Al-Azhar: Themes and Discussions in the History of Islamic Thought

Ahmed Ragab


From its inauguration under the Shiite Fatimid Caliphate in Cairo in the tenth century, through its decline under the Ayyubids and its revival under the Mamluks, to its rise to prominence under the Ottomans from the sixteenth century and the educational reforms under Mehmet Ali and his successors in the nineteenth century, and to major reforms under the British and under the Post-Colonial Nasserist State, Al-Azhar and its scholars played a significant role in the social, cultural and political development in the Middle East and Islamdom, and presented a case-study of how these developments took shape around Islamdom. Throughout its history, Al-Azhar remained one of the most important educational institutions in Islamdom. Teachers and instructors provided education in Islamic law, Arabic language as well as logic and philosophy and many other subjects. They were important social and political actors and played significant roles in Islamic revivalist movements across history. Changes and development in topics taught, how they were taught, and who taught them reflected developments in Islamic thought and in Islamic society at large, and influenced these developments at the same time. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged. Consult instructor for art of ministry requirement.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Spring 2015
Course times to be announced.
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Islamic Studies
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Islam
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Administration and Program Development
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Preaching and Worship
Language Course Designation(s) None