The Scientific Committee is responsible for the final evaluation of students, and conducts both oral examinations and the assessment of research papers. It has 10 senior scholars (men and women)

Committee Action Practice:

  • Hafiz and Ejaza seekers exams

To schedule oral examinations for a student, a faculty staff member must notify the Quranic Studies Department at least one month prior to the required date. The supervisor should provide any additional necessary information about the student such as whether the student’s Arabic language is weak, or suggest a particular time for the exam.

After determining the conditions and the availability of the Scientific Committee Members for the required date, the Dean (or delegate) will nominate three of the members to form a committee for the student’s oral examination. A female member will be included if the student is female. In cases of necessity an external examiner may be invited.

After exam date is agreed upon, the supervisor and the student will be notified at least 15 days prior to the date.

Exams for tracks E301, E302 and E303 are one hour long. For each of the remaining tracks the exam is two hours.

The student may invite a limited number of friends and relatives for the exam. In some cases the department may arrange for live online or TV broadcasting of the exam proceedings.

The department provides the exam committee with some general guidelines to help in student evaluation (for example: the applicant for memorization of the whole Quran is to be tested on 30 sporadic verses, ten of which have verbal similarities. To pass the exam an applicant may only commit 3 mistakes or less). However, the exam committee totally determines the final evaluation.

A student will pass if he/she scores 75% or more. If the score is 50-74% another exam will be held after one month. If the score is less than 50% another exam will be held after two months.

  • Arbitration of research papers

The Quranic Studies department forwards all received papers to the committee members, asking them for one of three decisions: Accept the paper, Reject the paper or Accept after revision.

If the paper is rejected, the department will send an explanation to the writer regarding why the paper was not accepted.

If the paper is accepted, the department will publish it on our website, together with the name(s) of the approving committee member(s).

In case revision and corrections are needed, the department will send all remarks to the writer and request a revision within one month. If received on time, the department will then publish the paper.