The PhD History and Islamic Civilization is a pioneering programme and the only one of its kind in the UAE. It is unique in the field as, unlike traditional programmes, it does not focus on unidimensional studies that follow a single historical phenomenon or subject in a particular historical period. It places more emphasis on the critical, analytical and comparative studies of two or more phenomena in the field. This prompts more comprehensive studies. The programme also adopts a state-of-the-art approach employing knowledge gained from different academic fields to the study of history and civilization.