Religious Studies

 

The Department of Religious Studies is one of the two important departments of the Faculty of Theology of the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University  together with Islamic Studies. Our department, which started teaching in 2011-2012, is a 4-year undergraduate program after the Preparatory Course. The languages of instruction are Turkish and Kyrgyz. Arabic is mainly taught as a foreign language. Education in our department is carried out in accordance with the standards set by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, and in accordance with the regulations of Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University.

In Department of Religious Studies, scientific disciplines related to religious sciences such as history of religions, religion and culture, philosophy, philosophy of religion, psychology of religion, phenomenology of religion, morality and values, anthropology of religion; Islamic disciplines such as tafsir, hadith, kalam, history of sects, Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic history; General and religious education courses such as educational psychology, measurement and evaluation, sociology of education, introduction to education, special teaching methods, religious education, religious oratory, and Turkish, Kyrgyz, Arabic and Russian languages ​​are taught. Thus, it is aimed that our graduates will be competent in the field of Islamic disciplines, interpret the knowledge they have gained in this field in terms of today's disciplines, and have the knowledge, skills and competence to reflect their knowledge and skills in the field they will work. The graduates will take diplomas of the Kyrgyz and Turkish Republics. The students of our department graduate by obtaining a State Diploma that authorizes teaching in Kyrgyzstan, and they can teach religious history, Adep and religious courses in public schools. In Turkey, they can become a Religious Culture and Moral Knowledge course teacher in primary and secondary schools. In addition to these, they can also work in the Religious Commission and Muftiyat in Kyrgyzstan and in the Presidency of Religious Affairs in Turkey. 

Our students studying in our department have the opportunity to gain experience abroad by attending a summer training (internship) in Turkey at least once during their education.

After graduation, our department students can do postgraduate education in other countries, especially in Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.

1 Semester
Code Name Credits ECTS Course Type* Syllabus
BES-111 PHYSICAL EDUCATION III 0 ( 0 - 2 ) 0 MC Download
BIO-100 POSITIVE SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS 0 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
CEV-100 ECOLOGY 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-101 INTRODUCTION TO PEDAGOGY 3 ( 3 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
DIB-103 ESSENTIAL RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE I 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
DIB-105 THE HOLY QURAN- I/ THE HOLY BIBLE -I 2 ( 1 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
DIB-107 PRE-ISLAMIC KYRGYZ BELIEVES 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
ING-111 ENGLISH I 1 ( 0 - 2 ) 2 MC Download
ISB-101 ARABIC LANGUAGE - I 3 ( 2 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
ISB-107 HISTORY OF ISLAM I 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
KGZ-103 KYRGYZ LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE I 1 ( 0 - 2 ) 2 MC Download
MAT-100 MATHEMATICS 2 ( 1 - 2 ) 3 MC Download
RSC-103 RUSSIAN LANGUAGE I 1 ( 0 - 2 ) 2 MC Download
2 Semester
Code Name Credits ECTS Course Type* Syllabus
BES-111 PHYSICAL EDUCATION III 0 ( 0 - 2 ) 0 MC Download
BIO-100 POSITIVE SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS 0 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
CEV-100 ECOLOGY 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-101 INTRODUCTION TO PEDAGOGY 3 ( 3 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
DIB-103 ESSENTIAL RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE I 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
DIB-105 THE HOLY QURAN- I/ THE HOLY BIBLE -I 2 ( 1 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
DIB-107 PRE-ISLAMIC KYRGYZ BELIEVES 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
ING-111 ENGLISH I 1 ( 0 - 2 ) 2 MC Download
ISB-101 ARABIC LANGUAGE - I 3 ( 2 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
ISB-107 HISTORY OF ISLAM I 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
KGZ-103 KYRGYZ LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE I 1 ( 0 - 2 ) 2 MC Download
MAT-100 MATHEMATICS 2 ( 1 - 2 ) 3 MC Download
RSC-103 RUSSIAN LANGUAGE I 1 ( 0 - 2 ) 2 MC Download
3 Semester
Code Name Credits ECTS Course Type* Syllabus
DIB-201 THE HOLY QURAN III/ THE HOLY BIBLE III 2 ( 1 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
DIB-203 HISTORY OF RELIGIONS I 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-205 RELIGION AND LAW 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-207 RELIGION AND CULTURE 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-209 SPECIAL TEACHING METHODS 3 ( 3 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
DIB-211 HADITH STUDIES 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
FLS-200 PHILOSOPHY 0 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
ISB-201 ARABIC LANGUAGE III 3 ( 2 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
ISB-207 HISTORY AND METHODS OF TAFSIR (COMMENTARY ON THE QURAN) 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
KGZ-203 KYRGYZ LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE III 1 ( 0 - 2 ) 2 MC Download
RSC-203 RUSSIAN LANGUAGE III 1 ( 0 - 2 ) 2 MC Download
TAR-251 HISTORY OF KYRGYZSTAN I 0 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
4 Semester
Code Name Credits ECTS Course Type* Syllabus
CEV-200 GEOGRAPHY OF KYRGYZSTAN 0 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DES-202 HISTORY OF KYRG-N, GEOGR.OF KYRG-N, KYRG. LANG. AND LIT 0 ( 0 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-202 LAW AND SOCIAL LIFE 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-204 HISTORY OF RELIGIONS II (TERM PAPER ASSIGNMENT INCLUDED 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 4 MC Download
DIB-206 THE HOLY QURAN IV / THE HOLY BIBLE IV 3 ( 2 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
DIB-208 TAFSIR I (COMMENTARY ON THE QURAN) 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-210 LOGIC 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
FLS-210 WORLD AND TURKIC CIVILIZATIONS 0 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
ISB-202 ARABIC LANGUAGE IV 3 ( 2 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
KGZ-204 KYRGYZ LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE IV 1 ( 0 - 2 ) 2 MC Download
RSC-204 RUSSIAN LANGUAGE IV 1 ( 0 - 2 ) 2 MC Download
STJ-200 INTERNSHIP I (CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT) 0 ( 0 - 4 ) 2 MC Download
TAR-252 HISTORY OF REPUBLIC OF TURKEY II 0 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
TUR-200 MANAS STUDIES 0 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
5 Semester
Code Name Credits ECTS Course Type* Syllabus
DIB-301 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-303 PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-305 THE HOLY QURAN / THE HOLY BIBLE V 2 ( 1 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
DIB-307 THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF RELIGION 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-321 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DIB-325 NICE READING OF THE QURAN I 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DIB-327 HISTORY OF PROPHETS 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DIB-329 SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND RELIGION 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DIB-331 COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DIB-333 RELIGIOUS MUSIC I 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
ISB-301 ARABIC LANGUAGE V 3 ( 2 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
ISB-305 KALAM (ISLAMIC THEOLOGY) I CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
ISB-309 HISTORY OF SECTS I 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
ISB-323 HADITH TEXTS SELECTED 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
STJ-300 INTERNSHIP II 0 ( 0 - 4 ) 2 MC Download
6 Semester
Code Name Credits ECTS Course Type* Syllabus
DIB-302 SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TECHNIQUES (TERM PAPER ASSIG. IN. 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
DIB-304 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-306 THE HOLY QURAN VI 2 ( 1 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
DIB-308 ETHICS AND VALUES 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-310 ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DIB-322 RELIGIOUS MUSIC II 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DIB-324 RELIGIOUS MISSION AND MISSIONARY 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DIB-326 MAIN TOPICS IN THE HOLY QURAN 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DIB-330 TAFSIR TEXTS I 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DIB-332 MYTHOLOGY 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DIB-334 SCIENCE AND RELIGION 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
ISB-302 ARABIC LANGUAGE VI 3 ( 2 - 2 ) 4 MC Download
ISB-308 KALAM (ISLAMIC THEOLOGY) II 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
ISB-310 HISTORY OF SECTS II 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
7 Semester
Code Name Credits ECTS Course Type* Syllabus
İSB-401 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SUFISM 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
İLH-401 ARABIC LANGUAGE VII 2 ( 1 - 3 ) 4 MC Download
DİB-403 METHODS OF MORAL EDUCATION 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
İSB-405 RELIGIOUS COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
BTZ-451 FINAL THESIS I 3 ( 1 - 4 ) 3 MC Download
EĞT-401 PEDAGOGICAL TRAINING 3 ( 1 - 4 ) 5 MC Download
DİB-411 ISLAMIC ETHICS 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DİB-413 RELIGION AND POLITICS 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DİB-415 MYSTICISM 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DİB-417 RELIGIOUS LIFE IN KYRGYZSTAN 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DİB-419 TRADITIONAL AND OCCULT RELIGIOUS BELIEFS 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DİB-421 INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
8 Semester
Code Name Credits ECTS Course Type* Syllabus
DİB-402 INTERCULTURAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
DİB-404 RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE AND RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATION 3 ( 3 - 0 ) 4 MC Download
DİB-406 METHODS OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 3 ( 3 - 0 ) 3 MC Download
STJ-402 INTERNSHIP III 0 ( 0 - 6 ) 4 MC Download
BTZ-452 FINAL THESIS II 3 ( 1 - 4 ) 3 MC Download
DES-400 SPECIAL GENERAL STATE EXAM 0 ( 0 - 0 ) 1 MC Download
DES-402 STATE EXAM ON HISTORY OF KYRGYZSTAN 0 ( 0 - 0 ) 1 MC Download
DES-404 GRADUATION DISSERTATION DEFENSE 0 ( 0 - 0 ) 2 MC Download
DİB-410 RELIGION AND MODERNISM 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DİB-412 LAW IN CHRISTIANITY 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DİB-414 TRADITIONAL TURKISH RELIGIOUS BELIEFS 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DİB-416 HISTORY OF HOLY TEXTS 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DİB-418 STATE AND RELIGION 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
DİB-420 MYTHOLOGY 2 ( 2 - 0 ) 3 EC Download
* MC - Must Course, EC - Elective Course

Academic Program

Students of the Department of Religious Studies cover a wide variety of subjects, including the history of religion, religious pedagogy, religious philosophy, and the sociology of religion. In the preparatory year, students study Kyrgyz and Turkish, the languages in which classes are held. Students also study Arabic as a foreign language throughout their education. 

Graduates of the Department of Religious Studies find work in the following fields: teaching religious courses in school, or working in the governments, mosques and madrassas. They can also work as religious experts in any organization. Students can also complete a double degree program and recieve diplomas in two subjects. Students can also work as interns to gain experience in professional fields. 

Opportunities for Students

During their studies, students complete internships in religious and social organizations, which gives them the opportunity to put their skills to the test and make professional contacts that help them find jobs. Students can complete internships in other countries, and win grants and scholarships. 

Credits

Students must complete 158 credit hours in order to complete the Bachelor's degree, which corresponds to 240 ECTS credit hours. Of these hours, no more than 30 can be elective courses. The Bachelor's degree takes four to seven years to complete. 

Students of the Department of Religious Studies have an opportunity to study in universities in Turkey through exchange programs. 

Additionally, the best students are offered fully-funded internships in Turkey. This includes travel expenses, food, and housing. 

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor's degree program are qualified for careers in the field of theology, or for research or further study. 

Graduates of the Department of Religious Studies are qualified to:

  • Teach religious disciplines, cultural, or ethics classes in schools or in religious or cultural centers;
  • Work in government organizations, such as in the Ministry of Internal Affairs or in the State Commission for Religious Affairs;
  • Advise municipal, religious and public organizations as an independent expert or as part of a commission;
  • Work in musuems or other cultural institutions;
  • Work in media organizations.

Without a doubt, graduates from the Department of Religious Studies fulfill an important role in society. Along with their main work as religious experts, they also carry out research and help develop religious life throughout the country. Thus, we are very confident that our graduates can inspire objective and informed resolutions to the most pressing problems in society related to religion. 

KTMU Department of Religious Studies

Number of graduates of the bachelor's program (2016-2021)

Year

Number of graduates

2015-2016

3

2016-2017

6

2017-2018

10

2018-2019

12

2019-2020

20

2020-2021

12

TOTAL

63