Welcome to Cordoba University. We live in a globally interdependent
world in which Muslim relations with other faith groups and interaction
with increasingly technologically sophisticated and secularized
cultures have become imperative. Academic programs offered by Cordoba
University through The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences
give students the tools needed to begin to meet the challenges of
the modern world while taking students through an in-depth exploration
of the Quran. Our programs in Islamic studies focus on the pivotal
position of the Quran and Sunnah, as sources of Islamic knowledge
and on the need for developing methodologies to understand and interpret
them to meet the challenges of modern times. The curriculum is focused
upon developing an “ijtihad
is capable of overcoming the drawbacks of the classical Islamic
legacy, while benefiting from the depth and richness of its contributions.
is a creative but disciplined intellectual effort
to derive legal rulings from the Islamic sources while taking into
consideration the variables imposed by the changing and dynamic
circumstances of the Muslim society.
Courses offered by The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences explore
the nature of the classical Islamic disciplines and the circumstances that qualified
their development, and linking them to the modern social sciences within the
context of the 21st century life in the United States. The consequences of linking
the higher moral values of classical Islamic sciences to the modern social sciences
are explored throughout the curriculum.
The historical precedent for integrating, consolidating and building upon the
best from classical Islamic values and Western scholarship is the scholarship
of al-Andalus of the 10th century. Its capital, Cordoba, attracted the world’s
most brilliant Muslims, Christians and Jews collaborating together in a rich
intellectual exchange that later paved the way for the Renaissance. At that
time the library of Corboda housed more than 500,000 books, while the largest
libraries in Europe housed less than 50, still written on parchment. Collaboration
among Muslim, Christian and Jewish scholars was the norm, not the exception.
The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences continues this tradition,
becoming the first Muslim school to join a consortium of Christian seminaries,
The Washington Theological Consortium. We are committed to building a dialogue
that will contribute to a future in which the best from both cultures is exchanged
and cherished, and a spirit of peaceful collaboration and respect prevails.