in association with Social Sciences University of Ankara

Certificate in Islamicjerusalem Studies

Expert Instructors

Taught by an International Team of Scholars specialised in the field

Program Certificate

The progaram will be offered by the Social Sciences University of Ankara

Online Payment Options

Payment will be available through Bank Transfer or Direct online Payment.

100% Online Teaching

Students from all over the world will be able to participate in the program

Designed for you

Turn passion into Knowledge  

ISRA has developed Islamicjerusalem Studies at the postgraduate level. It has been taught at the Master and PhD levels at Western and Muslim Universities.

 Knowledge Drives Change

ISRA has also launched the first Islamicjerusalem online Certificate program (via distance learning).

The program is designed for those who have an intrest in Bayt al-Maqdis and would like to have a solid grounding in understanding the Holy Land.

What You Will Learn

A number of diverse courses are offered (yearly) in an intensive, easy and interesting manner, focusing on the Islamic dimension and the movement of history in Bayt al-Maqdis.

Bayt al-Maqdis in Quran and Hadith

This course deals with the signifcance of Bayt al-Maqdis in Islam.

Al-Aqsa Mosque the place and significance

This course deals with the site of al-Aqsa from historical, religious, architectual and archeological dimensions.

Maqdisi Project

This is a practical manifistation of turning the knowledge you have gained into a project for Bayt al-Maqdis.

The courses have been designed to give a firm foundation and allow accumulation of knowledge, semester by semester. The following is the listing of the courses for the first year.

Bayt al-Maqdis between occupation and liberation

This course deals with the crusader occupation and the liberation of Salah al-Din.

The current occupation of Bayt al-Maqdis

This course deals with the current Zionist occupation of Bayt al-Maqdis and its background.

Advanced Certificate (2nd Year)

For those who sucessfully complete the first year may continue into a second year.

Expert Instructors


A group of pioneers and experts of the field of Islamicjerusalem Studies who have completed their doctoral thesis in this field. In addition to a number of other specialists working in the field. Some of the instructurs include:

Dr. Khalid El-Awaisi

PhD in Islamicjerusalem Studies

Historical Geography of the Holy Land

A graduate of the pioneering field of Islamicjerusalem Studies where he received his Master’s (2003) and subsequently his PhD from the University of Aberdeen (2006). His main speciality is in the historical-geography of Bayt al-Maqdis and the geographical interpretations of the Qur’an. He has taught at a number of British and Turkish universities and was appointed the director of the Centre of Islamicjerusalem Studies in the UK (2007-2011). Curently he is the Head of Department of Islamic History at Social Sciences University of Ankara.

Prof. Mohd Roslan Bin Mohd Nor

PhD in Islamicjerusalem Studies

Bayt al-Maqdis in the Quran and Hadith

One of the first Master’s graduates of the pioneering field of Islamicjerusalem Studies (2003) and subsequently he recived his PhD from the University of Aberdeen (2006). His PhD thesis was on the Quranic and Hadith perspectives on Islamicjerusalem.  He is the author of The Significance of Islamicjerusalem in Islam, published in 2017 by University of Malaya Press which received the prestigious award Anugerah Akademik Negara (AAN) 2018. He has been a visiting scholar at a number of instutions in Europe and Asia. Recently, he has been appointed as a Member of Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP). Curently he is the Head of Deptartment of Islamic History and Civilization at University of Malaya.

Dr. Maher Abu-Munshar

PhD in Islamicjerusalem Studies

History of Bayt al-Maqdis and Muslim-Christian Relations

A graduate of the field of Islamicjerusalem Studies where he received PhD from the University of Abertay Dundee (2003). His main speciality is in Muslim-Christian relations in Bayt al-Maqdis and the History of the Holy Land. He is the Author of Islamic Jerusalem and its Christians: A History of Tolerance and Tensions, I.B. Tauris Publishers. He has taught in the UK, Malysia and Qatar. Curently he is Associate Professor of Islamic History at the University of Qatar.

Dr. Nour Abu-Assab

PhD in Islamicjerusalem Studies

Muslim-Christian relations in Bayt al-Maqdis

A graduate of the field of Islamicjerusalem Studies where she received her Master’s (2009) and subsequently her PhD from the University of Aberdeen (2013). Her main speciality is in the Muslim attitude towards Christian sacred sites. She has taught at number of institutions in Palestine and in the al-Aqsa Mosque. She has published a number of articles in the field and participated in a number of International Academic conferences on Bayt al-Maqdis. Curently she is a teacher of history at al-Awqaf schools in the holy city. 


Programme information

Entry requirements

    • Be at least 18 years old,
    • To have a high school certificate (or equivalent),
    • To be able to use the computer and the Internet and communicate through them,
    • To have a real and serious desire to acquire knowledge about Bayt al-Maqdis.
    • Send full application form with supporting documents (including registration fees)

    The programme is composed of 5 core courses. Each course will be taught over 12 weeks. For each course students must dedicate sufficent time for the lecture and of self study; 20 contact hours and 10 hours of independent study.

    Classes are made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials and you will have 2-3 hours of contact teaching per week.

    Class participation and online discussions will constitute a part of the assessment as well.

    12 Classes per course & Over 80 Hours of Instruction

    Each course will be over 12 weeks with 1-2 hours sessions.

    Assignments and Projects

    The assessment is varied and will be both formative and summative. Students will write short essays on a subject about the course. Also a project on Bayt al-Maqdis will be conducted by each student to turn their knowledge into a practical project.


    Overview of the Program

    + Program Title

    Certificate in Islamicjerusalem Studies

    + About the Duration

    A 1 year online program.  For those who sucessfully complete the first year may continue into a second year (Advanced).

    + About Diplomas and Certificates

    Upon the completion of the five courses sucessfully, the Student will recive a certificate from Social Sciences University of Ankara (ASBU).

    + About Payments and Plans

    Payment will be available through Bank Transfer or Direct online Payment.  Registration Fee is compulsury and students will have the option to pay for the full year or per semster.

    + About Topics and Contents

    The five courses will cover Bayt al-Maqdis from numerous dimensions; History, Geography, Quran, Hadith, Politics, Architecture, Archeology and Religious Studies.

    Important dates

    Academic Calendar

    Following each semester there will be a short break before the commencment of the following semster.

    Each course’s assignment deadlines will be on the descretion of the instructors.

    + Registration

    15 October 2022 (Deadline for Applications)

    + Semester 1

    17 October 2022 – 15 January 2023
    (4 weeks Break)

    + Semester 2

    13 Feburary 2023 – 7 May 2023
    (4 weeks Break)

    + Semester 3

    5 June 2023 – 1 September 2023


    Tuition Fees

    Prescribed tution fees includes  registration, prescribed courses,  and examinations (assignments).

    Note: Tuition fees will be discounted by 50% for students who prove to be outstanding with a cumulative average of no less than 90% in the following semester.

    Note: 100% fees collected will be used for projects for Bayt al-Maqdis through the Waqf of Bayt al-Maqdis.

    Bank Transfers

    Payment is available through Direct online Payment (click above).

    Bank Transfer is also possible in the UK and Turkey (email us for details).

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    Deadline for Applications (15 October 2022)








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