Apparently, I have an ‘Ijaza’ in Biology!

// July 14th, 2008 // Blog

That is according to a wikipedia article that I looked up to establish the significance of the title, “Doctor of Philiosophy” (i.e., Ph.D):

History of the Ph.D.

The origins of the doctorate dates back to the ijazat attadris wa 'l-ifttd (“license to teach and issue legal opinions”) in the medieval Madrasahs from the 9th century, though it was limited to Islamic law at the time, as in a Doctor of Laws degree.[4] The doctorate was later extended to philosophy in the European universities in the Middle Ages which generally placed all academic disciplines outside the professional fields of theology, medicine and law under the broad heading of “philosophy” (or “natural philosophy” when referring to science). The degree of Doctor of Philosophy was a doctorate, generally granted as honorary degrees to select and well-established scholars.[citation needed]

[4] Makdisi, George (April-June 1989), “Scholasticism and Humanism in Classical Islam and the Christian West”, Journal of the American Oriental Society 109 (2): 175–182 [175–77]

How cool is that?

9 Responses to “Apparently, I have an ‘Ijaza’ in Biology!”

  1. Organica says:

    How awesome ya sit il doctoooooooooora :D

    (that was totally Arabish)

  2. Marahm says:

    That is very cool!

  3. iMuslim says:

    For some reason, this post got posted on the front page on WordPress.com, under “Science”. Well, I categorised it as that, so it makes sense – but not sure why it made the front page… half of it wasn’t even written by me. I reckon this front page selection business is quite random!

  4. abu ameerah says:

    thats nuthin’ …

    i gots an ijaza in desi food … not actually cooking fine cuisine … but more along the eating side of things.

  5. agungndaru says:

    that’s cool!

  6. misspecs says:

    Its not only nice. Its the type of ‘nice’ that makes you go, ‘naaaiiice!’ :)

    So, how about something on the days before and after ijaza? How does it feel now? :)

  7. iMuslim says:

    Abu ameerah, who was your shaykh (or perhaps shaykha if it was your mum/wife!)?

    misspecs… hmm, if you mean the PhD in general, then I am still getting used to the idea. The other day, I signed off my first e-mail as “Dr ….” and I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat. I couldn’t believe I was allowed to write that!

    This weekend at the Expo, we were doing some filming, and my talented camera man kept introducing me as DOCTOR so n’ so, which embarrassed me most of the time. But on a few occasions I did actually use it to gain more influence, like at the “The Sound of Reason” press conference (which was originally meant to be the Outlandish press conference)… haha.

    However, that was my main intention for sticking with the PhD – not to show off my title – but so that people would take me more seriously when I needed to achieve some kind of good for the community, insha’Allah. And you know what? I think it works! Alhamdulillah…

  8. mummyjaan says:

    Very nice, of course, doc!

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