Islamic Studies Track

The Ph.D. track in Islamic Studies in MENA focuses on the textual traditions of classical Islamic civilization. Students acquire familiarity with the legal, ethical, and mystical traditions of Islam through coursework and independent studies.

Required Courses

Students will complete the core Ph.D. major requirements and are encouraged to take, “The Anthropology of Religion” (ANTH 511).

Islamic Studies Courses

Courses of interest for students in the Islamic Studies track include:

  • ARB 595B: Readings in Classical Arabic Prose
  • ARB 595C: Readings in Classical Arabic Poetry
  • MENA 544: Islamic Mysticism
  • MENA 545: Women in Islamic History
  • MENA 566: The Middle Eastern City and Islamic Urbanism
  • MENA 572: History of Medieval India
  • MENA 579: The Ottoman Empire to 1800
  • MENA 596B: Classical Persian Literature in English Translation
  • MENA 596G: Islamic Law and Society
  • MENA 596H Shi’ism
  • MENA 696I Special Topics: Advanced Islamic Studies
  • MENA 696Y: Nationalism and Islam

Independent study reading courses can be arranged on topics related to tafsir, hadith literature, biographical dictionaries, Islamic theology, Islamic origins, and select classical scholars. All students in the Islamic Studies track are expected to have a solid grasp of Marshall Hodgson’s magisterial work, The Venture of Islam, by the time of their Comprehensive Examination.


Contact Professor Scott Lucas ( for more information.