Islamic University of Madinah

The Islamic University of Madinah (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية بالمدينة المنورة) was founded by the government of Saudi Arabia by a royal decree in 1961 in the Islamic holy city of Medina.[2] Many have associated the university with the Salafi ideology, and have stated it has exported Salafi-inclined theologians around the world.[3][4][5][6][7] Other disagree and state that the institution is objective and scientific, being detached to any singular ideology.[8] The university received institutional academic accreditation without exceptions from the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment in April 2017.[9]

Islamic University of Madinah
الجامعة الإسلامية بالمدينة المنورة
Jāmiʻah al-Islāmīyah bi-al-Madīnah al-Munawwarah
Mottoالجامعة التي لا تغيب عنها الشمس
Established1961 (1961)
Religious affiliation
24°28′50″N 39°33′53″E

This university is designated only for Muslim male students.[10]

Islamic science colleges

University students may study Sharia, Qur'an, Usul al-din and Hadith, while non-native speakers may also study Arabic language. The university offers Bachelor of Arts, Master's and Doctorate degrees.[11] Studies at the College of Sharia Islamic law were the first to start when the university opened. It offers scholarship programs for students with accommodation and living expenses covered.

Recently added colleges

In 2009, the university opened a Faculty of Engineering.[12] In 2011 the university opened a Faculty of Computer and Information Science.[13] In 2012, the university opened a Faculty of Science for the first time.[14][15] In 2019, the university announced that it would open a faculty of Judiciary Studies.[16]

Online degrees

In 2019, the university announced that it would begin to offer online degrees through a new e-learning and distance education program.[17] The university currently offers an online bachelor of arts in Sharia and a certificate-granting program in Arabic language for non-native speakers.[18][19]


See also


  1. University of Madinah
  2. Madinah Archived 2010-06-15 at the Wayback Machine Saudi Embassy. Winter 2000.
  3. M. Milosevic; K. Rekawek (3 April 2014). Perseverance of Terrorism: Focus on Leaders. IOS Press. p. 133. ISBN 978-1-61499-387-2.
  4. Chaplin, Chris. "Salafi Islamic piety as civic activism: Wahdah Islamiyah and differentiated citizenship in Indonesia." Citizenship studies 22.2 (2018): 208-223.
  5. Determann, Jörg Matthias. "Circuits of Faith: Migration, Education, and the Wahhabi Mission by Michael Farquhar." The Middle East Journal 71.2 (2017): 331-332.
  6. Chaplin, Chris. "Imagining the land of the two holy mosques: The social and doctrinal importance of Saudi Arabia in Indonesian Salafi discourse." Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies 7.2 (2014): 217-236.
  7. MUSA, M.F., 2018. THE RIYAL AND RINGGIT OF PETRO-ISLAM: INVESTING SALAFISM IN EDUCATION. Islam in Southeast Asia: Negotiating Modernity, p.63. "Scholars have argued that the Islamic University of Madinah is the primary exporter of Wahhabi ideology, and has produced Salafi-inclined theologians, who later promoted the ideology throughout the world."
  8. Abdur Rahman I. Doi; Abdassamad Clarke (2008). Sharīʻah: Islamic Law. Ta-Ha. p. 690. ISBN 9781842000878.
  9. "The Islamic University Received Institutional Accreditation Without Exception (in Arabic)". Sabq Online Newspaper. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  10. "Regeringen ska stoppa CSN-bidrag till saudiska studier - DN.SE". DN.SE (in Swedish). 2017-12-06. Archived from the original on 2 January 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  11. University of Madinah
  12. "النشأة". Islamic University of Madinah.
  13. "نبذة عن كلية الحاسب الآلي". Islamic University of Madinah. Retrieved 2020-03-22.
  14. "The Islamic University Starts the Admission for Science Programs for the First Time (Arabic)". Al-Riyadh Newspaper. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  15. "النشأة". Islamic University of Madinah.
  16. "كلية الأنظمة والدراسات القضائية بالجامعة الإسلامية تستعد لاستقبال أول دفعة من طلابها". وكالة الأنباء السعودية. 2019-08-25. Retrieved 2020-03-22.
  17. @iu_edu (August 27, 2010). "تدشين مبادرة التعليم عن بعد في الجامعة الإسلامية". Twitter.
  18. "Sharia online program". Islamic University of Madinah. Retrieved 2020-03-22.
  19. "Arabic language for non-native speakers". Islamic University of Madinah. Retrieved 2020-03-22.
  20. Kersten, Carool (2015). Islam in Indonesia: The Contest for Society, Ideas and Values. Oxford University Press. p. 255. ISBN 9780190247775.
  21. "Dr. Muhammad Hidayat Nur Wahid". KAICIID. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  22. إسلام ويب (2009-04-15). "نبذة عن حياة الشيخ مشاري العفاسي". Islamweb. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  23. "عن الشيخ مشاري راشد العفاسي". Mishari Alafasi. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  24. Fouad, Khadija (2016). American Muslim Undergraduates Views On Evolution (PhD). Indiana University. p. 14.

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