Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

An Introductory Overview Given by the Head of the Department Prof. Nasir bin Muhammad bin Mashri Al-Ghamdi

- 2019/11/01

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise be to Allah the Lord of the worlds, and may peace and blessings be upon the most honorable Prophet and Messenger, our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and companions. To proceed:

The Department of Judicial Studies is one of the few specialized Shari`ah departments, being first established in prestigious Saudi universities more than forty years ago. It initially started as the Judiciary Department, which was established at the College of Shari`ah and Islamic Studies, Umm Al-Qura University, in Makkah, in 1396 A.H. Then, it became the foundation of the College of Judicial Studies and Regulations, which was established in 1433 A.H.

Since its inception as a department, it has been keen to attract outstanding talents, both instructors and students. It housed a group of the best and most meritorious scholars: Saudis or contracted scholars from Muslim countries. Each year, the finest knowledge-seeking students are selected for admission from dozens of applicants, through rigorous tests focusing on creativity, religiousness, and scientific background. Many students graduated from the department and served this generous country. Thanks to Allah, these graduates shone in various fields; they became leaders and senior officials in some organizations. They were judges, ministers, scientists, preachers, researchers and speakers, and teachers and educators. This is not to mention the foreign students who graduated from this department and returned to their countries to hold the highest positions in education and instruction, preaching and guidance, and management and leadership.

The department focuses on specialized study in the field of judiciary, in all its branches. The study follows a rigorous scientific plan, including over forty credit hours in specialized courses in judiciary and about fifty credit hours in Fiqh and its principles. In addition, there are general courses and other university requirements. This plan was updated last year based on the highest standards of quality, academic accreditation and scientific refereeing, to include 178 teaching units specialized in judiciary, its branches, and its subsidiary disciplines.

This is with regard to the bachelor's degree. As for postgraduate studies, the department now includes four programs in specialized judicial studies whose plans were developed and designed by the beginning of this year, 1441 A.H. These programs are: Doctorate and Master of Judicial Studies, Master of Administrative Justice, and Master of Personal Law. The best students seek enrollment in these programs. Most of them are judges and scholarship students from among university teaching assistants.

The department now includes approximately 38 members in its teaching staff and those of equivalent status. In addition. there are cooperative non-faculty members, such as judges, lawyers and elite students, whose experience and expertise in teaching, discussion and consultation are invaluable assets to the department. There are currently 435 undergraduate students, 78 students in the free postgraduate studies, and 76 students in the paid postgraduate studies. In addition, there are hundreds of male and female university students who study the following courses at the department each semester: An Introduction to the Study of Shari`ah, Inheritance I, and Inheritances II.

The postgraduate studies program enriched the department with many scientific theses, specialized academic research and useful verified material in the field of judicial studies and newly introduced juristic issues and developments. These serve the judiciary and its branches, and are of benefit to researchers and specialists alike. In addition, specialized literature and research are carried out by faculty members in the department, which enrich the Islamic library, benefit students, and facilitate them in understanding and receiving Shari`ah science on solid grounds and based on scientific methodological rules.

We ask Allah to make this department beneficial to its students and graduates, and to preserve the security, stability and dignity of this country, under our wise and judicious leadership and the goals of its solid plans. Allah knows best. Finally, all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

Prof. Nasir bin Muhammad bin Mashri Al-Ghamdi

Head of the Department of Judicial Studies

College of Judicial Studies and Regulations