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At a Glance

The College of Islamic Studies offers a part-time and accredited program of study which caters to Western Muslims. The College attempts to combine the best and most practical ways of studying Islam, while remaining within the paradigm of an Islamic worldview. CIS focuses not only on academic and educational development, but also stresses the importance of spiritual and moral education. By emphasizing the realization that Islam is a holistic way of life manifested in all layers of society, CIS prepares its students to become assets to the community at large.

What Distinguishes Us

What makes CIS different from other programs out there?

There are dozens of places you can choose to study Islam. However, CIS stands out from the others by focusing on imparting a comprehensive Islamic education covering several different subjects.


CIS attempts to combine the best and most practical way of studying Islam while remaining within the paradigm of an Islamic worldview.


To enable all Muslims to establish a solid foundation in Islamic Studies so they can navigate through the current discourse.


CIS began as an online pilot project in the UK in the summer of 2012 with about a dozen students. Eventually, it launched live classes in Feb 2013 at the Islamic Institute of Orange County.


CIS has touched the lives of hundreds of people and transformed the way they understand and practice Islam.

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Our Methodology

The College of Islamic Studies has developed its curriculum and teaching methodology around eight fundamental points, which were developed in response to common challenges faced by contemporary Muslims seeking to learn about their faith.
Start With The Basics

Each class is taught with the assumption that the student has no prior knowledge about the subject.

Pedagogical Approach

CIS strives to provide students with a comprehensive study of a subject, while teaching them how to think critically and academically.

Comprehensive Approach

A balanced Islamic education requires areas such as Theology, Islamic Law, History and the Principles of Islamic Law to be studied as separate subjects in order to equip students with the necessary tools to understand and connect with the Qur’an and teachings of the Prophet on a deeper level.

Academic Practices

Professionalism is a key component of CIS methodology. Contemporary academic practices are utilized throughout the classes in terms of appearance, style and referencing.

Avoid Sectarianism

Rather than pushing a particular school of thought in theology or jurisprudence, CIS presents knowledge compliant with mainstream teachings of Islam, while maintaining respect for legitimate differences of opinion. All teachings are based on the Qur’an and the authentic teachings of the Prophet [Sunnah].

Focus on Relevant Material

CIS aims to focus on practical, beneficial knowledge for Muslims living today, and emphasizes learning the core subject matter in every course, rather than getting caught up over minute or abstract details.

Targeted Exams

Examinations focus on understanding the subject matter rather than memorizing arbitrary facts and names of people in order to solidify a student’s education.

Spiritual Emphasis

Each subject will be taught with an aim to inspire and motivate the student to be a better Muslim.

Who are our students

CIS has been designed for everyone


High School and College students who are willing to dedicate time to get a deeper understanding of Islam.


Working professionals who are willing to dedicate their nights/weekends to learning more about Islam.


New Muslims who want to get a comprehensive and balanced understanding of their new faith.


Full time mothers and retired/unemployed individuals who want to make good use of their spare time by taking online classes without having to leave their home.


People of other faiths [or no faith] who are interested in learning about Islam from a Muslim perspective.

Our Accomplishments

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