Education

CIT offers students the opportunity to be trained in Islamic theology at an academic level. CIT has developed a unique Bachelor’s programme, Islamic Theology under the name Religie & Levensbeschouwing: traject Islam. The programme consists of four parts: 1) The Arabic Language, 2) Islam and Islamic Theology, 3) Religious studies with a focus on other religious and secular philosophies of life, and 4) thesis preparation. The programme offers students an insider’s perspective on Islamic Theology. This means, among other things, that Islamic Theology courses are taught by Muslim lecturers trained at Islamic universities.  This Bachelor is the first academic Bachelor programme in Islamic Theology to be officially recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education.

In addition, a one-year master’s programme (60 ects), Islamic Spiritual Care: Theology & Religious Studies: Spiritual Care (Dutch), has been developed.  The programme focuses both on developing professional skills by, for instance a traineeship in a mosque, detention facility or healthcare institution, and on enhancing students’ knowledge of Islamic theology. After completing the Bachelor and Master programme students are qualified to work as an imam within the public domain.

Students who have completed the Bachelor programme are also admissible to all the other specializations of the Theology & Religious Studies Master programme. Students can also choose to enroll in our Research Master.

In addition to degree programme CIT offer the Minor Islam (in Dutch) for students in different programmes to allow them to deepen their understanding of Islam. Ofcourse students may choose to enroll in specific courses as well. The Centre attracts students from several faculties within the VU University Amsterdam and a number of Dutch universities.

The Centre trains students with a Muslim background as well as non-Muslims. Also students  from different education backgrounds enroll in specific modules that the Centre offers. The Centre attracts students from several faculties within the VU University Amsterdam and a number of Dutch universities.