Islam and the Islamic world have played and continue to play a major role in world history. In the century following the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632 C.E., Islam spread widely and Muslim rulers created an empire that extended from North Africa to South Asia. The empire was greater than that of Rome at its zenith. While the West passed through its Dark Ages, Islamic civilization flourished, making major contributions to mathematics (Arabic numerals, algebra, geometry), philosophy, medicine and other sciences, art, and architecture. Islam has, from its inception, placed a high premium on education and has enjoyed a long and rich intellectual tradition.
Knowledge (‘ilm) occupies a significant position within Islam, as evidenced by the more than 800 references in the Quran. The importance of education is repeatedly emphasized in the Quran with frequent injunctions, such as “Allah will exalt those of you who believe and those who have knowledge to high degrees” (58:11), “O my Lord! Increase me in knowledge” (20:114). Such verses provide a forceful stimulus for the Islamic community to strive for education and learning. The Advanced Diploma in Islamic sciences is a comprehensive course for all those seeking to increase their knowledge of Islam and its foundation principles, building on the Certificate and Diploma courses in Islamic Sciences.