Islamic Studies

Gain Insight and Understanding into the Islamic Religion and Muslim Culture

Myths and stereotypes abound about the Islamic religion and Muslim culture.

Supporting and promoting the examination of Islam as an important and contemporary voice are in line with the identify and mission of Catholic/Jesuit universities. in addition, the need for greater understanding of religious influences in our contemporary world is critical for our self understanding and our understanding of our neighbors.

The Islamic Studies minor is designed to be both multicultural and interdisciplinary, and critically examines the place of Islam and Muslims in society locally, nationally and globally. Students of Islamic Studies will become familiar with major historical events and figures, cultural processes, patterns, ideas and values that have shaped Muslim traditions and Islamic cultural and intellectual contributions. Whatever your academic major and whatever your particular faith tradition, students in the Islamic Studies minor will be challenged to better comprehend their own commitments, presuppositions, aspirations and fears while coming to understand those of their neighbors, thus promoting greater intrafaith, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, understanding and appreciation.

The program's continued support and growth come from an endowment raised by individual donors and institutions in the Muslim community, and those who want to help promote peace and understanding.

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    Minor - Islamic Studies

    The 18-credit-hour minor in Islamic Studies at University of Detroit Mercy will examine principle beliefs, core values, practices and cultural expressions of the Islamic religion and the Muslim culture.

    Students receive introductory as well as critical, in-depth analyses of key themes employing the five Cs for foreign faith learning (communication, cultures, communities, comparisons and connections). Students will also broaden their perspectives of the insider and outsider views of Islam, creatively engage in communications about cross-disciplinary topics, connect Islam with the sciences, identify commonalities and distinct viewpoints, occasionally compare Islam with other monotheistic as well as monistic traditions and participate in diverse communities that are multi-ethnic, multi-vocal, multi-linguistic and transnational. Courses will examine creative Islam, controversial Islam, classical Islam and contemporary Islam.


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    Prayer Room

    Islamic Services

    Fridays, around 1:15 p.m., Islamic Prayer Room, Reno Hall, room 048B.


    Muslim Student Associations

    Muslim Student Organization (MSO)

    Muslim Dental Students' Association: This group is organized for the purpose of uniting Muslim students on campus and to offer services to better their experiences during their dental education. Furthermore, the group will work to strengthen the bonds and awareness with all students on campus.

Fundraising and Donations

The Islamic Studies program at University of Detroit Mercy is supported by an endowment raised from individual donors and institutions in the Muslim community and beyond. Thanks to all of our supporters!

You can contribute through our secure donation website. Please follow the instructions below to make sure your donation goes directly to the Islamic Studies program.

How to donate to the Islamic Studies program

Please print and use the forms below for gifts of $10,000, $5,000 , $2,000 or $1,000

Recurring Gifts

Making a recurring gift is an easy way to support the Islamic Studies program. Through smaller, monthly installments, you can build to a significant contribution.

For example:

  • $200/month = $2,400/year
  • $500/month = $6,000/year
  • $800/month = $9,600

Please write "Islamic Studies Program" next to 'other' to identify where you would like your contribution allocated.

One-Time Gift

Making a one-time gift is also a convenient way to support the Islamic Studies Program. Your contribution can significantly impact the growth and development of our students.

Please be sure to indicate "Islamic Studies Program" in the 'restricted to' box on the form to ensure your contribution goes to support our program.

Gifts of Other Amounts

1. Go to the secure donation page at

2. Fill out the donation form as follows:

  • Select or enter your donation amount
  • In the "Designation" box, select "College of Liberal Arts & Education"
  • In the "Comments" box, enter the phrase "Islamic Studies Program"
  • Lastly, click the "Continue" button and follow the site's instructions to complete your donation.  Thank you!