The Department of Religious Studies offers the B.A. Degree in two major areas, namely; Islamic Studies and Christian Religious Studies. The Department started with B.A. Islamic Studies in 2011/2012 academic session as approved by NUC. In 2013/2014 academic session, the other arm of B.A. Christian Religious Studies was mounted. Students in the Department can specialize in either of the major disciplines; Islamic Studies or Christian Religious Studies. The Department also provides courses for Education students with majors in Islamic Studies or C.R.S as well as providing elective courses for students from other Departments.
The Department aims at producing God-fearing graduates well prepared to face the challenges of multi-religious society, such as Nigeria. It is on these bases that courses offered in the Department are broad based since it exposes the students to various religious and cultures of the world.
Languages, which are repositories of a religious culture and tradition, have a recognized place in the Department’s courses outline.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The philosophy of the Department is predicated upon the provision of sound academic framework of the major religions of the world particularly those that are practiced in Nigeria. Religion provides the moral and ethical foundations of every human society. Thus, the study of religions in an academic and professional manner is an important part of modern societies. Therefore, one of the essential functions of the Department of Religions Studies is to provide a platform where positive and harmonious working relationship between Muslims and Christians will be enhanced.
Nigeria, being a multi-religious state, is in dire need of this type of positive and harmonious working relationship between Muslims and Christians such that religious tolerance can truly be entrenched into the psyche of Nigerian Muslims and Christians. The working relationship in the Department between the various religions can serve as role model for cooperation, understanding and appreciation for the Nigerian nation as a whole. Promoting inculcating this type of peaceful and mutual respect for one another is one of the major objectives and contributions of the Department to humanity. Apart from the general philosophy, mission and vision of the Department, each program (Islamic Studies and Christian Religious Studies) has its own philosophy, vision, mission and objectives.
VISION OF THE DEPARTMENT
The vision of the Department is to provide religious solutions to contemporary problems be deviling humanity and in particular Nigeria; to adequately prepare students of the Department to serve in various capacities in the Nigerian economy; as well as to give them proper academic tutelage to enable them meet the challenges of postgraduate challenges in the future.
MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT
The mission of the Department is to serve as a centre of excellence in teaching, research and other academic activities as well as to render services to humanity as a whole.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Religious Studies is one of the pioneer Departments of the Faculty of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences, Federal University, Kashere. The Department was established in July 2011/2012 academic session. It runs two degree programs, namely; B.A. Islamic Studies, and B.A Christian Religious Studies. However, academic activities in the Department started with Islamic Studies being the only programme approved by NUC to be mounted then according to the Academic Brief of the University. The Islamic Studies Program started with twenty (20) students at 100 levels. In the subsequent admission, thirty (30) students where registered at 100 Level, and two (2) students at 200 Level, that brings the total enrolment of students of fifty two (52) in the second academic session. With the commencement of the third academic session, Islamic Studies Program had eight (8) students at 100 Level and fourteen (14) students at 200 Level, that brought the total enrolment of students to seventy four (74), while the Christian Religious Program that commenced in 2013/2014 session had nine students to begin with at 100 Level. Malam Suleiman Umar, Malam Muhammad Munir Abdulganiyu, Malama Aishatu Attahir Bappa, Malama Zainab Suleiman, Malam Fatihi Tahir Usman and Malam Abubakar Idris Talle were the first staff to be appointed into the Department. Malam Abubakar Idris Talle was the first overseer of the Department. He oversaw the affairs of the Department from July, 2012 to august, 2013 almost all the above staff have now gone for their Master Degrees, while others have gone for their Ph.Ds. In the month of October, 2012, Dr. Yahya Ibraheem Yero joined them in the Department, and later on took over from Malam Abubakar Talle as the Head of the Department from August, 2013 to date. As the Department progressed, additional staff were recruited to strengthen the staffing need, such as: Malam Umar Abubakar Kumo, Dr. Yakubu Tahir Maigari, Malam Hamza Abubakar Hussaini and Malam Usman Jibril Mika’il. But before these four people could be employed, the Department was blessed with the services of a Ph.D. certificated Youth Corper, Dr. Bashir Imam Aliyu, who is still serving in the Department up to May 2014, when his service year will come to an end. In addition, the Department is also blessed with the services of Prof. Umar Muhammad Labdo who is on visiting appointment from Kaduna State University.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAM
Islamic Studies Program is promoting the pursuit of human understanding cooperation and mutual respect of one another through objective Islamic scholarship which prepares the graduates to relate with people of various faiths harmoniously, thereby enhancing peace, prosperity and human development universally.
MISSION OF THE PROGRAM
The mission of Islamic Studies program is to serve as center of excellence in teaching students Islamic sciences, research and academic activities as well as to render services to the host community, state, nation and the world at large.
VISION OF THE PROGRAM
The vision of Islamic Studies Program is to provide scholarly solutions to the problems of contemporary Muslim communities with particular focus on Nigeria; to adequately prepare graduates in Islamic Studies to service the staffing needs of Schools, Colleges and Universities as well as Islamic Legal Departments in Nigeria; and to give Islamic Studies Students a sound academic grounding for postgraduate studies in the future in more specialized areas with a view to advancing the frontiers of knowledge.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM
Objectives of Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies are:
Acquaint the students with the broad outline of Islam as a religion and a way of life
Prepare the students to understand Islam as a culture and civilization
Describe Islam to students according to its own original sources, particularly the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (Pbuh)
Maintain a religious scholarly approach to the problems of the contemporary Muslim communities with particular reference to Nigeria.
Place Islam in the context of other world religious traditions especially those that relate to Nigeria.
Prepare candidates that would adequately service the staffing needs of schools and colleges in Nigeria
Give students sound academic grounding for postgraduate studies in the future in more specialized areas like Fiqh and Qur’anic Studies.