Islamic Studies Department was one of the first four (4) Departments created in 1970 when the College was established. Starting with only three (3) subject combinations, namely English/ Islamic Studies, History/ Islamic Studies and Geography/Islamic Studies, the Department gradually continued to grow. In 1979 Arabic Medium was introduced into the Curriculum of the Department to create educational opportunities for those with little or no English background i.e. HIS products. Students were taught Islamic Studies both in English and Arabic. However, in 1988, the Arabic Medium programme was given a departmental status.
The Department of Islamic Studies continued to expand especially with the establishment of more Departments at different times in the College. At present the Department has many subject combinations namely, Hausa/Islamic Studies; English/Islamic Studies; Arabic/ Islamic Studies; History/ Islamic Studies, French/Islamic Studies; Fulfulde/Islamic Studies, Islamic Studies/Social Studies, Islamic Studies/Economics, Islamic Studies/Geography etc.
The department and its staff made tremendous achievements over the years some of which include presenting papers at National and International Conferences both within and outside Nigeria, publishing books and articles in reputable journals. Examples are: Fasting in Islam: A Resource Book for Nigerian Students written jointly by Dr. Kasimu Abubakar Lolo and Dr. Rufa’i Usman Isma’ila. This book was published in 2008 and reprinted 2009. Another book titled Memorization of the Holy Qur’an (Tahzif al-Qur’an): A Guide for Beginners written by Dr. K.A. Lolo and published in the year 2008. Also a book titled: Qa’idah Sakkwatiyyah was written by Dr. Rufa’i Usman Isma’ila for teaching a beginner on how to recite the Holy Qur’an with ease. This book was published in 2012 and reprinted in 2013. Other publications made by the staff of the department include A glance at Islamic Philosophy written by Dr.Tahir Akanni and Foundation of a Muslim Marriage in Islam jointly written by Dr. Tahir Akanni and Hajiya A’isha Abdulmalik Ayoola. The department under the present HOD established a Journal of Multi-discipline, the maiden edition of which is in circulation.
Islam is a comprehensive religion that pervades all aspects of man’s life including matters of faith and practical living. For a Muslim to conduct his personal and social life in accordance with the tenets of Islam, there is need for him to acquire an in-depth knowledge of Islam. Islamic studies at the NCE level is therefore directed towards the development of a balanced personality that is socially accommodating, intellectually alert, morally sound and spiritually dedicated to the cause of Allah. As a religious study, the focus is towards the achievement of social solidarity, ethical harmony, human equality and brotherhood in the society, particularly the Nigerian society.
The objectives of the Islamic Studies NCE programme according to the NCCE Minimum Standards, 2012 edition are follows:
- To acquaint the students with the broad outlines of Islam.
- To prepare the students to understand Islam as a culture and civilization
- To provide high quality training to enable graduands make rigorous and scholarly approach to the contemporary problems of the Muslim community with particular reference to Nigeria.
- To instill in the students the spirit of God consciousness, to lead them to appreciate and uphold the values and teachings of Islam, and to live by it.
- To adequately prepare students to teach at the Basic Education level
- To give the students adequate intellectual exposure that will enable them pursue further education in Islamic studies particularly at the B.Ed degree level.
- A Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or G.C.E. ‘O’ Level with credits in four subjects including English Language, at two sittings. Two of the credits must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credit in English and a pass in Mathematic are required.
- A Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in four subjects, at two sittings two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credit/merit in English Language and a pass in Mathematics are required.
- Associate Certificate in Education awarded by an approved institution in Nigeria or abroad, with credit or merit in three subjects which should include Islamic studies is also an acceptable qualification.
- A Senior Arabic and Islamic Studies Certificate or Certificate in Arabic and Islamic Studies or Higher Islamic Studies Certificate from recognised institutions will be considered for admission provided they have not less than four credits or merits which must include Islamic Studies; Arabic and English.
- All candidates wishing to be considered for admission must enroll for and write the selection examination organized by an accredited body such as JAMB.
- It should be noted that colleges in addition to all of the above should administer their own elimination tests and interviews