HoD’s Message:


Prof. Zaira Ashraf Khan
Prof. Zaira Ashraf Khan

It is an honour in itself to get an opportunity to serve such a multidisciplinary subject. Islamic studies offers advanced studies and interdisciplinary research on social, political, cultural, and intellectual trends and movements in contemporary Muslim societies” and to promote “a better understanding of Muslims with an objective of fostering communal harmony.
The major courses taught/ studied/ researched in the subject of Islamic Studies, are related to Islamic Civilization, History, Philosophy and Ethics, Modern Muslim World, Islamic Law, Comparative Religions, research in the vast areas of Islamic sciences, culture, civilization, mysticism and thought with the aim to train scholars in the subject of Islamic studies . It is a subject where both physical and metaphysical domains are dealt with for the better understanding of religion of Islam, its culture , civilisation and relevance in the present times.


Prof. Zaira Ashraf Khan
Assistant Professor
HOD – Islamic Studies


About Department:


ISLAMIC STUDIES An Academic Discipline at Global Level:
Islamic Studies is a subject that was introduced by the Western scholars (known as ‘Orientalists’, ‘Arabists’, and now as ‘Islamicists’: i.e., “those who engage in the academic study of Islam”). As noted by Juan E. Campo, in his Encyclopedia of Islam (2009), “The study of the East (‘the Orient’), especially the ‘Islamic East’, by European and American scholars during the 19th and 20th centuries is known as Orientalism”. Orientalism, in other words, is the cumulative tradition of scholarly study of Islam and the peoples and cultures of Muslim lands. Some of the key Orientalist scholars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who emerged in countries from England and Germany to Netherlands and Hungary include Edward W. Lane (d. 1876), William Muir (d. 1905), Ernest Renan (d. 1892), Julius Wellhausen (d. 1918), Theodor Noeldeke (d. 1930), Carl Becker (d. 1933), Carl Brockelman (d. 1956), Ignaz Goldziher (d. 1921), etc. By the 1950s the fields of Oriental and Islamic Studies had become firmly established in major universities in Europe and North America: Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, Paris, Leiden, Berlin, Leipzig, St. Petersburg, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
This “orientalist scholarship”, as pointed out, and made clear enough, by Mohammad Arkoun & Andrew Rippin (in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam World), “has continued to evolve in its scope, as well as in its understanding of itself”. Thus, it is now designated with various names—from Divinity, Theology, Oriental Studies, Religious Studies, to Islamic Studies and Arab/ Middle Eastern Studies—and is not limited to study Islam as a religion, and its Scripture and life of the last Messenger, but also “seeks to accommodate the study of Muslim world”, and includes “contemporary political and social developments, as well as East-West relations” as well. With the passage of time, developments and modifications took place, and at present, it is taught throughout the world, and mostly in Western and European countries. Chief examples of Oriental Studies Faculties/ Departments include: ‘Faculty of Oriental Studies’, University of Oxford (www.orinst.ox.ac.uk); ‘School of Oriental and African Studies’ (SOAS), University of London (www.soas.ac.uk) founded in 1916; and ‘The Orient Institute’, University of Chicago (www.oi.uchicago.edu), founded in 1919.
Presently there are departments of Islamic Studies or Arab/ Middle East Studies throughout the world, including (besides above mentioned) Cambridge, Harvard, Edinburgh, London, Paris, Leiden, Berlin, Leipzig, Georgetown, McGill, Melbourne, Sorbonne, St. Petersburg, Yale, Princeton, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc.—these being only a few names/ places. The major courses taught/ studied/ researched in the subject of Islamic Studies, as an interdisciplinary subject, are related to Islamic Civilization, History, Philosophy and Ethics, Tasawwuf, Modern Muslim World, Islamic Law, Comparative Religions, as well as the Muslims and Muslim societies, which are studied from different perspectives.
In some Major Indian Universities:
Islamic Studies, as a subject in Social Sciences, is taught at various universities of India; some of them include: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI), Jamia Hamdard (JH), Osmania University (OU), Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), University of Calicut (UC), and University of Kerala (UoK). In the Kashmir Valley, it is a distinctive subject at University of Kashmir (KU), Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), and as a part of Religious Studies at Central University of Kashmir (CUK). Below is presented the vision and mission, aim and objective, of these departments and institutes. This will make clear enough both nature and scope of Islamic Studies as well as its significance.
In AMU, Islamic Studies was introduced first in 1920, and later in March 1954, the Institute of Islamic Studies was established. In 1968-69, the Institute simultaneously began to function as the Department of Islamic Studies with the purpose “to promote the study of (a) Islamic Culture and Civilization (b) Social, Political, Economic and Cultural trends in the countries of West Asia and North Africa and (c) Modern Arabic, Persian and Turkish (Language and Literature)”. It is worthy to note that in AMU, besides the departments Arabic Language and Literature, there are many other Departments and Centers for the study of Islam (Islamic creed and beliefs) and Muslim world, viz. Department of (Sunni & Shia) Theology; Department of West Asian Studies; K. A. Nizami Centre for Qura’nic Studies (CQS); and (most recently established) Centre for South African and Brazilian Studies (CSBS).
At JMI, the objective of Department of Islamic Studies is “to study the whole range of Islamic civilization and culture” with a special focus, beside the religion of Islam, on the “topics such as the socio-economic structure, military, administration, development of various sciences and thought, cultural life, cosmology, mysticism, literature and fine arts, and many other aspects of Islamic civilization”. At JH, the main thrust of research in the Department of Islamic Studies is “in the areas which have relevance to the problem faced by the contemporary Muslim world with special reference to the Indian Muslims; Issues related to misunderstanding about Islam and Muslims;…; Development and appraisal of Madrasa Education, Tasawwuf and its impact”.
The Department of Islamic Studies, at the OU, was established in 1965, with the major objective of imparting “basic knowledge about Islam and Muslim societies in different regions” and seeking “to encourage interaction of different scholarly disciplines and to facilitate critical awareness of issues of religion and society promoting thereby good community relations and removing mutual distrust between members of a pluralistic society”.
In MANUU (established in 1998), which has a campus/ Regional Center in Kashmir too, the Department of Islamic Studies was established (May 2012) with the main objective “to offer courses in Islamic studies in modern perspective”. This was in view of the fact that in the present times, “Islam has taken a central stage … and has a vast history of its rich civilization and culture pertaining to India and the world as a whole”. The department, in this context, offers “different courses of study and research in the vast areas of Islamic sciences, culture, civilization, mysticism and thought with the aim to train scholars in the subject of Islamic studies”. On the similar lines, the major purpose of the ‘Chair for Islamic Studies and Research’, at the UC established in 1988, is to conduct “advanced studies and interdisciplinary research on social, political, cultural, and intellectual trends and movements in contemporary Muslim societies” and to promote “a better understanding of Muslims with an objective of fostering communal harmony and pluralism in the region”.
Government College for Women, M.A .Road, Srinagar.
This prestigious department was introduced in Govt. College for Women M.A. Road in the year 2002-2003. Ever since the hundreds of students have shown their interest in this subject and thus been enrolled.


  • Year of establishment: 2002-2003
  • Names of Programs/ Courses offered – U.G Islamic Studies
  • Annual/ Semester/ Choice Based credit system
SNO Name of Faculty Desigination Specilization Qualification Experience Cell no & email Publications View Profile
1 Prof. Zaira Ashraf Khan
( H.O.D. )
Assistant Professor Seerah of Prophet
Muhammad (saw),
Women Studies
PG Islamic Studies,&
B.ed, NET /JRF,
Ph.D under submission,
5 year Proficiency in
Arabic Language from
Mahad ul Lugah al Arabiyah.
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2 Prof. SAULIHA Assistant Professor Not mentioned Not mentioned 5 years xxxxxxxxxx
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Infrastructure

  • The Central library
  • Classrooms with projector
  • Internet lab
  • newspapers, college magazines etc
  • College library has 500 books on Islamic studies
  • Two Day Intra College Workshop on “Techniques of Writing Book” reviews funded by UGC dated 30-31st August 2017
  • Students who have cleared national and state competitive examinations such as NET, SLET,JRF for the year 2012-2017 : Three
Student Progression Students Enrolled
UG to PG 48
PG to M.Phil 1
PG to P.hD 1


Name Achivement
Safa Altaf Graduated from Govt. College for Women.PG. , Ph.D in Islamic Studies
Sumera Nisar Graduated from Govt. College for WomenP.G , M.Phil in Islamic Studies

Activities:


  • Two Day Intra College Workshop on “Techniques of Writing Book” reviews funded by UGC dated 30-31st August 2017
  • Guest Lectures By : Prof. Tauseef Ahmad Parray (GDC Pulwama).
  • Guest Lectures By : Prof. Seemin Rubab on topic “Al Biruni’s Contribution to Science and Geodesy”

Department of Islamic Studies


Cluster University of Srinagar


Govt College for Women

M.A. Road , Srinagar - 190001
Tel: 0194-2479432 Fax : 0194-2478259
email : is.wc@gmail.com
Website : www.gcwmaroad.org/cs