The Academy founded the Council for Conferring the Theological Degree of Doctor of Islamic Sciences in 2019, which includes reputable scholars of the Islamic world and Russia. Doctoral theses in the fields: Islamic law, Islamic dogma, hadith studies, Quranic studies, are accepted for review and defense by the council.
The first session of the Council for Conferring the Theological Degree of Doctor of Islamic Sciences on September 9, 2019
Candidates for the theological degree of Doctor of Islamic Sciences undergo the procedure of discussing dissertations at the Department of Religious and Humanitarian Disciplines. If the department makes a positive conclusion on the dissertation, it proceeds to undergo the stages of discussion in the Council for the Defense of Dissertations for the Theological Degree of Doctor of Islamic Sciences. Following the successful completion of these stages, the dissertation is submitted for public defense. The results of the defenses are approved by the Academy’s Board of Founders.
Dissertations are most typically written and defended in Arabic.
The first doctoral dissertation defenses took place within the walls of Bolgar Islamic Academy on September 10–11, 2019.
In the Academy’s brief history, 15 young researchers have obtained the theological degree of Doctor of Islamic Sciences after successfully defending their dissertations.
The topics of the defended dissertations are mainly devoted to the revival of Russian Islamic studies and explore scientific problems in the works of Marjani, Qursawi, Imankuly, Uradi, Zayadi, Kumukhi, Imam Shamil and other scholars of the Volga-Ural region and the Caucasus. Some dissertations are devoted to the works of foreign scholars. The majority of the researches is devoted to Islamic law, with some dissertations taking the form of tahkik, associated with the study of hitherto unstudied manuscripts of Russian Islamic scholars and their introduction to the academic circulation.
The Academy provides assistance for its graduates in preparing for the publication of monographs based on their doctoral dissertations.