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Learn about Islam with online courses and programs

Islam, the religion of Muslims, follows the scripture of the Qur’an and the teachings of the prophet Muhammad. Study the role and impact of Islam on society and culture with online courses delivered through edX.

What is Islam?

The Islam religion dates back to the seventh century, when it is said to have been communicated to Muhammad ibn Abdullah in the form of the Qur’an. The sacred scripture outlines Islamic doctrines and rituals, which are practiced by the Muslim people.

Islam follows five fundamental pillars, which guide its adherents in their practice and daily life. These are:

  • Shahada, the declaration of faith and belief in one god, Allah

  • Salah, the ritual prayer facing the Kaaba in Mecca, performed five times a day

  • Zakat, the obligation to provide for those in need

  • Sawm, the practice of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan

  • Hajj, the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, required to be performed at least once in a lifetime

Learning about Islamic culture and beliefs can lead to strong cultural understanding and open-mindedness. Gain a new appreciation for its influence on art, architecture, and global history through the lens of the Muslim people.

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Islam course curriculum

Islam comprises a rich set of beliefs, which have different interpretations across regions and cultures. By studying the Qur’an and its scriptures through courses on edX, you can gain a deeper understanding of the holy text that guides Muslims in their faith.

Class curricula may cover a variety of concepts and learning techniques, including major themes presented throughout the Qur’an, interpretive skills that enable a more nuanced reading of the text, and its classical and contemporary interpretations. There, you can explore the foundations of Islam, which can add to your understanding of how ancient religions function in today’s world.

Are you ready to start learning? Explore the range of educational opportunities offered through edX. ‌Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore jobs related to Islam

Exploring world religions through engaging coursework can be rewarding on its own, but it can also lead to exciting career opportunities when paired with relevant skills and experience. With knowledge of Islam, you may be able to pursue roles such as: 

  • Journalist: Covers events and stories relevant to, and occurring in, Islamic communities with proper nuance and accuracy.Footnote 1

  • Diplomat: Navigates relations with Muslim representatives with proper sensitivity that can promote dialogue and understanding.Footnote 2

  • Humanitarian: Aids Islamic groups and communities in need through effective engagement.Footnote 3

  • Travel agent: Assists travelers with accurate, culturally relevant information when visiting Islamic areas.Footnote 4

  • Curator: Meaningfully arranges Islamic artworks and positions them among other works that may speak to greater cultural relationships.Footnote 5

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. Some employers may seek candidates with a degree, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

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