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Department Of Arabic & Islamic Studies




The programme is designed to provide students with the ability to appreciate the significance of Arabic Language in human life and be competent in Oral and Written Arabic.


The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Equip students with broad knowledge of Arabic language.
  • Enable students acquire spoken and written competences in Arabic Language
  • Train students to appreciate the linguistic diversity and richness embodied in Arabic language locally, regionally and globally.
  • Produce graduates who will apply the knowledge of the life of speakers of the language, to promote international relations and diplomacy
  • Equip students with adequate training for professional jobs in the field of teaching, translation and interpretation, administration, journalism, judiciary and relevant establishments
  • Prepare students for higher studies and research in Arabic and related disciplines.

Admission and Graduation Requirements

The prospective candidate is expected to have passed five subjects at the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SCCE), or its equivalent with credits, one of the credits should be in Arabic.

Also candidates with a recognized diploma or NCE or their equivalents in Arabic language are also eligible for admission into the programme at 200 level.




Islamic Studies has been a subject of study for over ten centuries in different parts of Nigeria. Scholars are still working on it with remarkable successes even outside the University settings. The levels of attainment of such establishments and scholars pose challenge and serve as a spring board for the academic study of Islam in the Universities. They also constitute study areas for the undergraduate students in the Universities. Interdisciplinary overlaps do exist between the discipline and others like Arabic, History, Sociology and Anthropology as well as Law. Economics is one recent discipline that has benefited from the cross-fertilization of ideas with Islamic Studies. Nigeria, indeed, is a favourable environment of Islamic Studies with other components of other religions for a degree in Religious Studies.


The philosophy of the programme is hinged on the convention that in a country where Islam is a way of life for a large proportion of the population, where its study is mandatory for every believer a study of its academic discipline becomes significant. A high level of competence in it becomes desirable as it is seriously needed by the Nigerian society.

Islamic primary sources are in Arabic. This explained why proficiency in the language is crucial to the proper understanding and competence in the Islamic Studies discipline. Students should be able to read and digest the primary sources of Islamic Studies, which are the Qur’an, the Hadith and the Fiqh as they are in the source language.

Proficiency in English is crucial for the purpose of participating in the modern trends in Islam which are usuallyadvanced studies in secondary European sources. A Nigerian graduate of Islamic Studies is one who is capable of obtaining knowledge from the source material and the one who can impart it and marshal arguments in a world language.


The aims and objectives of the Bachelor of Art Degree in Islamic Studies shall be:

  1. To acquaint the student with the broad outlines of Islam as a religion and as a way of life;
  2. To prepare the students to understand Islam as a culture and civilization;
  3. To present Islam to the student as it is in its original sources of the prophets, particularly the Qur’an and Sunnah;
  4. To sustain rigorous academic research into all issues affecting contemporary Muslim communities with focus on Nigeria;
  5. To place Islam in the context of other world religious traditions, especially those that are relevant to Nigeria;
  6. To prepare the student who will progress to postgraduate level towards intellectual capabilities and imaginative thoughts; and
  7. To produce graduates that would adequately fit into establishments of administration, Islamic legal Departments, teaching at various levels, and the foreign services.


  1. 4-Year or Eight-Semester Degree programme.

The Senior Secondary Certificate (WAEC/NECO), GCE Ordinary level and other recognized equivalents with a minimum of five credit passes including Islamic Studies and English Language.

  1. 3-Year or Six-Semester Degree programme
  1. Two passes at the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced level or its equivalents with credit passes in three other subjects at the ordinary level or equivalent including English language. One of the Advance level subjects should be Islamic Studies.
  2. Two passes at the IJMB examination or the equivalent including Islamic Studies with ordinary level or the equivalent including English language
  3. Any other relevant two-year post secondary Diploma recognised by the Senate of the University.
  4. Students without ordinary level in Arabic language should register for a non-credit compulsory basic Arabic. No student will be allowed to proceed to 200 level without having passed the basic Arabic course.