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
Islamic University of Madinah Logo.png
Mottoالجامعة التي لا تغيب عنها الشمس
Established1961; 61 years ago (1961)
Religious affiliation
24°28′50″N 39°33′53″E / 24.48056°N 39.56472°E / 24.48056; 39.56472

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

Islamic science collegesEdit

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.[citation needed]

Recently added collegesEdit

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 degreesEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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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Coordinates: 24°28′50″N 39°33′53″E / 24.48056°N 39.56472°E / 24.48056; 39.56472