The Department of History and Islamic Civilization is recognized for its pioneering projects in the UAE. It was established the same year the University of Sharjah was inaugurated and was the first to offer a master’s degree in history along with its bachelor’s degree. It was also one of the first department in the university to receive academic accreditation from the then Ministry of Higher Education and Research in 2002/2003.
The significant role this department is envisaged to play in strengthening the Arab and Muslim identity was emphasized when His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah taught here when the department was first established. This has also had a substantial effect on the development and progress of the department.