Departments

IPSA students have a choice between two accredited programmes (HCIS and BAIS) currently offered by the institution at an undergraduate level and two accredited programmes offered at a postgraduate level (BAHIS and MAIT).

The College comprises of three departments; Arabic Department, Islamic Studies Department (which includes the Divisions of Sharī`ah and Humanities), and the IPSA’s Research Department which operates as the “Institute for the Study of Current Islām” (ISCI).

All departments aim to provide IPSA students with the best academic support and help to facilitate success in their studies. Additional academic support programs are offered to those students who may require extra help to manage the IPSA program.

Arabic Department

IPSA offers Arabic Language studies in both the HCIS and BAIS programs. Arabic in the HCIS program is structured at an introductory level. This level also helps to prepare a requisite foundation for the BAIS program, and is based on Qur’anic Arabic. The BAIS offers an intensive, demanding, yet exciting three year Arabic program, which upon successful completion will enable students to navigate; read and understand classical Arabic texts and other key works upon which much of the Islamic heritage is built. Students are introduced to 1400 years of Islamic scholarship and an opportunity to explore the canons of Classical Islamic Texts.

At each level students will study various disciplines in the Arabic language, this will assist them step-by-step in gaining competence in the Arabic Language, given regular study and practice outside the classroom. At the HCIS level lectures are conducted in English, while the BAIS lectures are mostly conducted in Arabic, and is supported with English to assist students with understanding the content and lessons at the optimal level. The lessons are further aided by tutorial classes for some modules.

While the HCIS program includes 8 compulsory Arabic modules accumulating 50 credits, the BAIS Arabic Program consists of 12 compulsory Modules which over the three years accumulates 120 credits. Students must fulfil all Arabic modules requirements in order to successfully complete their respective programs.

A state of the art and an innovative Arabic computer laboratory contributes to further enhancing the student’s Arabic language skills.

Aims and Objectives of the Program
  • To enable the student to gain an appreciation for the Arabic Language.
  • To enable the student to read and understand Classical texts in Islām.
  • To perfect the student’s recitation of the Qur’ān by understanding and applying the laws of recitation.
  • To develop the four major skills of learning Arabic i.e. speaking, reading, writing and understanding.
  • To enable students to read scripted and unscripted texts by applying the rules of grammar.
  • To open students minds and enhance their intellectual experiences within a rich heritage of Arab and Islamic culture and tradition.
Arabic Program Admission Requirements
HCIS Modules
BAIS Modules

Islamic Studies Department

Islamic Studies is offered in both the HCIS & BAIS programs. The Islamic Studies program is made up of the Sharī’ah and Humanities modules. These modules provide students with quality Islamic studies that is grounded in the classical disciplines of Islām but also enables them to deal effectively with contemporary realities. To this end the department has selected key modules that are presented over the span of a minimum of one year in the HCIS program and over all three years of the BAIS program.
Aims and Objectives of the Program

The primary goals and projected outcomes, after a student completes a minimum three year fulltime study within the BA program at IPSA are:

  • To teach Islamic Studies at a post- Matric level.
  • To equip students with the ability to conduct research on the different aspects of Islamic Studies, including Islamic tradition and civilization.
  • To help preserve and continue the Islamic heritage of scholarship with the help of modern research tools and techniques.
  • To play a leading role in the interpretation of Islamic teachings according to the needs of contemporary South African society.
  • To prepare scholars of Islamic Studies with a good command over the different areas of the Islamic disciplines such as Qurʼān, Tafsīr, Ḥadīth, Sharīʽah law, contemporary and traditional Islamic thought, history, culture, and Islamic civilization in general .
  • To develop linkages between IPSA and other reputed institutions of Islamic learning in other parts of the Muslim world.
  • To promote the concept of Wasaṭīyyah (moderation) by contributing towards an environment of dialogue between Muslim societies and other civil society groupings and develop multi-faith relations.
  • To think critically with regard to the application of Shar`ī laws and injunctions and be appreciative of the nuance contained in the legacy of the Sharīʽah.
  • To be able to effectively engage in debates and discussion fora, be able to articulate standpoints that are consonant with, and informed by Islamic (Shar`i) values on various issues regarding politics, economic, and social issues
Admission Requirements
HCIS Modules
BAIS Modules
BAIS Humanities Subjects

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