Muslim Religious Scholars

Muslim Religious Scholar Outside Islamic Study Center

Muslim religious scholars study the Quran and other holy texts, conduct research on the history of Islam, publish research papers and books, teach students about Islam, and study current issues in Islam (such as Islamic finance, public policy, and the religion’s relationship with the West). Some very experienced and learned scholars interpret Sharia (Islamic law) and issue fatwas, which are religious rulings on an aspect of Sharia.  

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Muftis, Ulamas
Duties Conduct research on Islam, publish research papers, teach students about Islam, and issue religious rulings
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large U.S. cities
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Foreign Language
  • Religion
  • Speech
Experience Five years in lower-level research positions
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Foreign Language
  • Research
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Mufti or Head of Islamic School or Study Organization
  • Islamic Religious Scholar
  • Imam
  • Religious Student

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