During the course of the one-year Master’s Programme in Religious Studies you learn to independently evaluate information in a critical manner and to conduct academically sound research in a particular field of study. The themes which are offered in the different master’s fields are closely interwoven with the research conducted within the Leiden University Institute for Religious Studies. In this way you will develop a well-founded vision of present-day academic developments in their specialist field.
عد هذا البرنامج (الماجستير) المعني بالدراسات الإسلامية أحد أهم البرامج الموجودة في الجامعات الأوروبية التي تعني بوضعية الإسلام والمسلمين في الغرب. يركز هذا البرنامج على دراسة قضايا الإسلام والمسلمين في الغرب كما تبرز في أطروحات الفقه الإسلامي بالإضافة إلى القوانين المعمول بها حاليا في الدول الغربية. يقوم بالتدريس في هذا البرنامج عدد من الأساتذة المعروفين على المستوى الدولي في تخصصاتهم، منهم من تخرج من جامعة الأزهر في القاهرة ومنهم درس القانون والدراسات العربية هنا في الغرب.
“In the present-day world you see that the factor of religion plays an in-creasingly important role in consi-derations on societal issues.”
“My specialist field is ethics, an area of philosophy that systematically questions human behaviour. I am concerned with such issues as the relationship between religion and morality. Is man perhaps not inherently irrational? In general you can say that philosophy puts all world views into a common perspective, whether they be religious or scientific. Ethics, as a branch of philosophy, calls into discussion contemporary moral assumptions within religion, as well as issues in this field which emerge from the arts and sciences. I am infinitely fascinated by identifying problems.
In the present-day world you see that the factor of religion plays an increasingly important role in considerations on societal issues. Not so long ago the religious context was regarded as irrelevant: In Europe, for example, Christianity was relegated to the private domain. But now there are definite signs that a change is taking place. Many Muslims, for example, no longer expressly distance themselves from the visible aspects of their religion, such as clothing or public prayers, whereby other religions rediscover themselves as religions.
In 2005 I won Leiden University’s teaching prize. I believe it is essential for a teacher to be fully committed to and engaged in education. You cannot teach ethics as an automaton; to me this seems a contradiction in terms. An automaton has no awareness of what is at stake, or how much pain a particular decision can inflict.”