DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (ARABIC LITERARY STUDIES) (SCHOOL OF ISLAMIC & SOCIAL SCIENCE STUDIES, IIUM ACADEMY)
The programme is designed to produce scholars and experts in Arabic Literature who are committed to spiritual, moral, intellectual and creative excellence. In handling the programme, the department approaches the discipline from an Islamic perspective and emphasizes integration of knowledge by considering both the Arabic/Islamic literary heritage and modern literary studies. Modern techniques and methods of literary research also receive attention in the programme in order to prepare graduates who are able to face contemporary challenges.
Candidates are trained in research methods, Islamisation of human knowledge and a specialized area in history to prepare them for the challenging task of producing original research in the form of a dissertation/thesis. The expected length of the dissertation/thesis is around 80,000 - 1000,000 words and it must be written in Arabic. Areas in which the candidates can specialize include classical and modern Arabic literature, rhetoric, literary criticism and comparative literature.
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