THE SÜLEYMANİYE PROGRAM
The Süleymaniye Program is a four-year academic curriculum designed to supplement the departmental degree programs of Ibn Haldun students and introduce them to the time-honored scholarly traditions of the Islamic civilization. The Süleymaniye Program is offered by the Honours Program, which seeks to provide additional academic depth and richness to high-achieving undergraduate students.
This program was formulated in line with the vision of Ibn Haldun University, which takes the ideas of comparative education as guiding principles. The Süleymaniye Program thus provides the students with the opportunity to carry out their studies by comparing and synthesizing our historical scholarly legacy with contemporary interpretations.
Housed in the historic Süleymaniye Madrasa Complex, this four-year program consists of seminars in classical Islamic disciplines, such as grammar and linguistics, law and jurisprudence, history, and philosophy, where students will be reading classical texts.
WHY SHOULD STUDENTS of HUMANITIES and SOCIAL SCIENCES STUDY the CLASSICAL DISCIPLINES ?
Commenting on the nature of knowledge, Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) remarks that one way to classify the sciences is to separate them into the two categories of universal sciences and particular sciences that are restricted to a certain civilization. In this framework, universal sciences comprise knowledge that is produced by various societies living in various parts of the world in order to make sense of man, nature, and society. Fields like medicine, mathematics, and physics do not belong to a single civilization; rather, they are the outcome of a common accumulation of knowledge produced by humanity as a whole.
WHY SHOULD AN ISLAMIC STUDIES STUDENT STUDY the CLASSICAL ISLAMIC SCIENCES ?
While the Quran is the fundamental source on which the Islamic scholarly tradition is built, it is not the only source. In the face of the many challenges and problems that emerged in the early period after the birth of Islam, a limited number of traditions and accounts had to be consulted. In order to address these new challenges, the nascent Islamic community had to determine how these traditions applied to the situations at hand. As part of this endeavor, the Quran, the prophetic traditions, and traditions from the Companions of the Prophet (s.a.w) were transmitted to future generations as the sources of religion.
FRUQUENTLY ASKING QUESTIONS
1. Who can apply to the Süleymaniye Program?
Undergraduate students enrolled at Ibn Haldun University, who have completed their English prep courses and who are either continuing their Arabic prep courses or have started their undergraduate degree program, can apply.
2. Students of which departments can apply to the Süleymaniye Program?
Students from all the academic departments of Ibn Haldun University can apply.