Bachelor - Islamic Theology


  • Start of studies: each winter semester

  • Standard period of study: 8 semesters

  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts

  • Part-time study possible: yes

  • Study language: Persian and Arabic, special events in German and English

Course description

The Bachelor's degree in Islamic Theology at AIT offers students in Europe the opportunity to scientifically explore and understand Islam.

As the two most important languages for Islamic theology, learning Arabic and Persian is an elementary part of the BA course. To contribute to a correct understanding of Islam based on balance and reason, the main focus of the course is Islamic jurisprudence. 


The aim is to enable students to properly introduce Islam to the local society which is characterized by diversity and multiculturalism and to contribute to the harmonization and unity of society. In order to be able to enter into dialogue with other schools of law and religions, corresponding modules are provided in the course plan. Research and evaluation of the religious lifestyle is also important in order to contribute to solutions for the integration of Muslims in Europe.

The study programme at the Academy for Islamic Theology provides for an annual six-week study stay at a partner university in Iran.


In addition to research, spirituality and self-improvement are elementary components of the course. Congregational prayers as well as daily Quran circles and classes on the topics of ethics and self-improvement are an integral part of the everyday student life and help students to develop both spiritually and personally.

Career prospects 

With the course in Islamic Theology, the Academy for Islamic Theology strives to train active imams and community leaders in Europe. In addition to career prospects as specialists for theological, religious and community pedagogical as well as pastoral work in Islamic centers and mosque communities, graduates still have the opportunity to continue their academic career through the consecutive master's degree and then work in research. In addition, graduates can take up lecturing positions at AIT and other universities.

Structure of studies

If the students do not have Persian language skills, they will be learned in the language preparation year.

The Arabic language is taught comprehensively in the first semesters of the course. The history of Islam is also dealt with in several modules. In the higher semesters, Islamic jurisprudence is taught as a focus of the course. Further details can be found in the course schedule.

Course schedule¹

First academic year

1. semester

  • Learning methodology of the Quran
  • Introduction to Islamic Law (Fiqh)
  • Arabic morphology (Sarf) 
  • Arabic Syntax (Nahw) I
  • Arabic Syntax (Nahw) II
  • Word properties and clause definition in the Holy Quran I
  • Persian literature

2. semester

  • Practical legal judgments
  • Islamic Foundations of Faith (Aqa’id) I
  • Arabic morphology (Sarf) I
  • Arabic Syntax (Nahw) III
  • Arabic Syntax (Nahw) IV
  • Word properties and clause definition in the Holy Quran II

Second academic year

3. semester

  • Islamic Law (Fiqh) I
  • Logic (Mantiq) I 
  • Islamic Foundations of Faith (Aqa’id) I 
  • Science of the discourse (Kalam) I 
  • Arabic literature
  • Messages of the Quran
  • Quran recitation



4. semester

  • Islamic Law (Fiqh) I 
  • Logic (Mantiq) I
  • Islamic Foundations of Faith (Aqa’id) I
  • Kalam I
  • Arabic literature
  • Messages of the Quran
  • Quran recitation

Third academic year

5. semester

  • Islamic Law (Fiqh) III
  • Logic (Mantig) III
  • Introduction to literary rhetoric
  • Thematic exegesis of the Quran
  • Sequential exegesis of the Quran I
  • Sequential exegesis of the Quran II
  • Family rights

 6. semester

  • Islamic Law (Fiqh) IV
  • Introduction to the methodology of Islamic law (Usul ul-Fiqh)
  • Methodology of Islamic Law (Usul ul-Fiqh) I
  • Methodology of Islamic Law (Usul ul-Fiqh) II 
  • Introduction to Hadith science
  • Political system in Islam 

Fourth academic year

 7. semester

  • Islamic Law (Fiqh) V
  • Rules of Fiqh
  • Islamic philosophy I
  • Islamic philosophy II
  • History of Islam I
  • History of Islam II
  • Research methods 





8. semester

  • Comparison of the jurisprudence of Islamic law schools
  • Comparison of the methodology of Islamic
  • Right (Usul ul-Fiqh) of Islamic law schools
  • Philosophy of legal judgments
  • Fiqh of modern economic life
  • Introduction to Abrahamic religions
  • Bachelor thesis



Prospective students are asked to send their application directly to the AIT Student Secretariat.

For the winter semester 20/21, the modified application period from June 15 to July 31, 2020 inclusive applies.  

Further information on the application and admission procedure of the Academy for Islamic Theology can be found here.


Important notice:

The number of study places is limited. Applications up to and including the deadline will be considered.


(1) The study course plan established up to summer term 2020 is shown. The course plan, which will be available for the coming winter term 2020/21, will be published soon.