Bachelor of Islamic Studies

Course Overview

Bachelor of Islamic Studies aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the various disciplines of Islamic Studies. Students will study Islam from within its tradition and cover classical scholarly approaches and contemporary perspectives, providing a grounded knowledge of the rich Islamic tradition and application of the Islamic disciplines to the changing modern context. The course establishes expertise in Islamic Studies and prepares undergraduate students for further academic study.

Course Objectives: 

  • Provide broad-based knowledge and critical skills in the areas of Islamic theology, jurisprudence, Qur’anic exegesis, Prophetic traditions, history, contemporary and spiritual aspects of Islamic Studies;
  • Encourage and foster the search for understanding and apply Islamic tradition in the context of cultural and religious  pluralism in contemporary Australia;
  • Prepare individuals for leadership in serving the Muslim community;
  • Provide access to tertiary level study in Islamic Studies by means of distance education and in class learning;
  • Provide pathways for further learning at postgraduate and research higher degree levels.

Course Structure

Bachelor of Islamic Studies students must complete 192 points, comprising 10 core and 14 elective subjects to graduate with a degree in Islamic Studies. Each subject is worth eight points.

Core Subjects

ISL100 Islamic Worldview and Faith Essentials
ISL110 Fiqh (Islamic Law) of the Five Pillars
ISL170 Ihsan (Spirituality) Essentials
ISL181 Sirah (Life of Prophet Muhammad)
ISL202 Usul al-Din (Foundational Islamic Theology)
ISL211 Usul al-Fiqh (Methodology of Islamic Law)
ISL230 Usul al-Tafsir (Methodology of Qur'anic Exegesis)
ISL232 Usul al-Hadith (Methodology of Prophetic Traditions)
ISL331 Advanced Study of Tafsir (Qur'anic Exegesis) Literature
ISL333 Advanced Study of Hadith Literature

Arabic Electives
ISL260 Introduction to Arabic Reading
ISL261 Beginner Arabic Language 1
ISL262 Beginner Arabic Language 2
ISL263 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 1
ISL364 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 2
ISL365 Advanced Arabic Grammar

Islamic Studies Electives

ISL101 Mantiq (Logic) and Critical Reasoning
ISL151 Islam in the Modern World
ISL171 Akhlaq (Morality) and Adab (Manners) in Islam
ISL271 Purification of the Heart
ISL282 History of Prophets: Adam to Jesus
ISL312 Religious Service and Community Leadership
ISL313 Islamic Family Law
ISL353 World Religions in Australia
ISL355 Women in Islam and Islamic Cultures
ISL383 Islamic History: 632 to Present
ISL399 Guided Research

 Up to four electives can be chosen from another discipline or brought in as credits from another undergraduate course. Prior approval from the Course Director is required.

Enrolment Pattern

The Bachelor of Islamic Studies is a flexible course, with students having the option to study at their own pace, whether this is on a full-time or part-time basis.

The annual schedule follows a trimester with the following periods throughout the calendar year.

Session 1         March - June

Session 2         July – October

Session 3         November – February

Following is an enrolment pattern for 2 subjects per session (part-time) to give an indication of what a study load could look like.




Year 1

Session 1

ISL100 Islamic Worldview and Faith Essentials (core)
ISL170 Ihsan (Spirituality) Essentials (core)

Session 2

ISL110 Fiqh (Islamic Law) of the Five Pillars (core)
ISL181 Sirah (Life of Prophet Muhammad) (core)

Session 3

ISL171 Akhlaq (Morality) and Adab (Manners) in Islam

ISL151 Islam in the Modern World


Year 2

Session 1

ISL101 Mantiq

ISLXXX Arabic Elective I

Session 2

ISL202 Usul al-Din (Foundational Islamic Theology) (core)

ISLXXX Arabic Elective II

Session 3

ISL230 Usul al-Tafsir (Methodology of Qur'anic Exegesis) (core)

ISLXXX Arabic Elective III


Year 3

Session 1

ISL211 Usul al-Fiqh (Methodology of Islamic Law) (core)

ISL282 History of Prophets: Adam to Jesus

Session 2

ISL271 Purification of the Heart

Session 3

ISL232 Usul al-Hadith (Methodology of Prophetic Traditions) (core)

ISL383 Islamic History: 632 to Present


Year 4

Session 1

ISL331 Advanced Study of Tafsir (Qur'anic Exegesis) Literature (core)
ISL353 World Religion in Australia

Session 2

ISL333 Advanced Study of Hadith Literature (core)
ISL313 Islamic Family Law or ISL355 Women in Islam

Session 3

ISL312 Religious Service and Community Leadership

ISL399 Guided Research