Islamic-Religious Studies (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

In recent years Islam has become an increasingly important topic in society and politics. Academic interest in Islam has also been growing, particularly at the four main centres of Islamic theology in Germany, one of which is based at FAU. The main focus of this degree programme is on topics related to key texts, religious norms and methods, schools of thought and doctrines in Islam, religious practices, the cultural history of Islam and current theological issues.

You will also gain the required knowledge of Arabic to read and understand simple source texts. The degree programme does not concentrate on a specific branch of Islam – various branches are investigated and discussed.

Although the degree programme is not primarily designed to prepare students to become imams, it will provide you with good basic knowledge should you later decide to train as an imam. The possibility of introducing imam training which would follow on from the Bachelor's degree programme is under consideration, although no specific plans have been made yet.

What can I do with this degree

The areas listed below are only a selection of possible areas where graduates may work. This Bachelor's degree qualifies graduates to go on to study the Master's degree programme Islamic Theological Studies at FAU, and provides them with key skills for the following areas:

  • academic work in Islamic theological studies
  • advisory work in business and politics
  • community work
  • pastoral care
  • youth work and work with children
  • adult education
  • media and journalism
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • a strong interest in Islam and religion in general
  • a willingness to work with other people
  • good problem-solving ability
  • the ability to reflect on your own religious views
  • an interest in examining many topics in Islam from an interdisciplinary perspective
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • Islamic traditions are connected with current theological issues.
  • The wide range of subjects at FAU makes the degree programme very interdisciplinary and allows you to choose specialisations according to your own interests.
  • The degree programme does not follow a particular branch of Islam or particular cultural views.
  • FAU has plenty of contacts with the working world (Islamic communities, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), etc.).
Potential challenges
  • Arabic courses are a key part of the first three semesters of the degree programme, so you should be interested in learning a non-European language.
  • In general you should have a good feel for language and be prepared to get involved in discussions about language and philosophy.
Combinable degree programs

Can be combined*

Book Studies (BA), English and American Studies (BA), French Studies (BA), German Language and Literature (BA), History (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Hispanic Studies (BA), Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Cultural History of Christianity (BA), Art History (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Education (BA), Philosophy (BA), Political Science (BA), Chinese Studies (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Sociology (BA)

*These courses are scheduled in such a way that the subjects can usually be combined without overlapping.

Can be combined after consulting a study advisor*

Archaeological Sciences (BA), Computational Linguistics (BA), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Italian Studies (BA), Theatre and Media Studies (BA)

As it is not guaranteed that there will be no overlap between teaching times in this combination, you will be required to submit proof of consultation with a study advisor when enrolling. Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) or the Student Service Centre of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

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Degree program start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree program: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme, Two subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Size: (currently 1-50 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions