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Islamic Studies



DEPARTMENT OF ISLAMIC STUDIES IN BRIEF

The Department of Islamic Studies, which is one of the departments that constitute Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies, was established in the 1976/77 academic session. A couple of fulltime lecturers – Dr. A. A. Gwandu and Dr. M.I.H.I. Surty and some part-time lecturers constituted the pioneer teaching staff of the Department. Presently, the Department is adequately staffed with Professors, Senior Lecturers and others.

In the 1977/78 academic session, when the first set of students were admitted, a total of 27 were registered and of this number, 13 were majoring in Islamic Studies, and the remaining taking it as their minor subject. From this modest figure, the annual student intake has increased phenomenally, reaching more than two hundred students at the turn of the millennium. Currently, the Department has about five hundred and twenty five (525) students majoring in Islamic Studies.

The qualities of our products are adjudged to be high. Several institutions of higher learning have employed our products in various capacities, many of them as lecturers or employed to fill administrative positions. Many graduates of the Department could also be found in the Military, Para-military, Judiciary and Foreign Service.  The Department itself has identified the best of our graduating students and retained them to join the pool of our academic staff. Our aggressive human resource development drive has paid off not only in terms of helping to develop and maintain high quality, but also to ensure that we have an excellent pool of teaching staff specializing in a wide range areas of the discipline.

The programme is designed to pursue the development of human beings through the inculcation of Islamic values, norms and principles, without which the goal of ideological, moral, intellectual and economic development may not be achieved. The programme seeks to make students see the Qur’an and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) as the two fountain heads on which Islam is based. The curriculum is structured to produce qualified intellectuals, professionals and scholars by integrating the articles of faith (Iman), qualities of knowledge, (Ilm) and good character (Akhlaq) to serve as agents of comprehensive, balanced and sustainable development. It focuses on developing practical solutions through research on contemporary problems of Nigerian society in particular and the Muslim world in general.

Our Mission

  1. acquaint students with broad knowledge of Islam as a religion
  2. prepare students to understand Islam as a culture and civilization
  3. prepare students to analyze and proffer solutions to the problems of contemporary Muslim communities with particular reference to Nigeria
  4. make students understand the place of Islam in the context of other world religious traditions especially those that relate to Nigeria
  5. train students that would adequately serve the staffing needs of schools, judiciary and other relevant establishments
  6. prepare students for higher Degrees in Islamic studies and other related disciplines

Our Vision

To pursue the development of human beings through the inculcation of Islamic values, norms and principles, without which the goal of ideological, moral, intellectual and economic development may not be achieved. The programme seeks to make students see the Qur’an and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) as the two fountain heads on which Islam is based. The curriculum is structured to produce qualified intellectuals, professionals and scholars by integrating the articles of faith (Iman), qualities of knowledge, (Ilm) and good character (Akhlaq) to serve as agents of comprehensive, balanced and sustainable development. It focuses on developing practical solutions through research on contemporary problems of Nigerian society in particular and the Muslim world in general.

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Dr Shehu Abdur-Rahman Aboki
Head of Department
(Islamic Studies)

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Prof. Kaura Ja’afar Makau
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Prof. I. M. Maishanu
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