The study in this department employs the method of comparative religion based on Islamic framework. It means that Islam is a tool for observing and analyzing other religions. This approach is also commonly used by other religions in understanding Islam. It is because the mission of the department is expanding and deepening the students’ understanding of Islam by comprehending other religions. In this way, the students are required to be conversant of Islamic tenets and be able to vindicate Islam when it faces challenges from other religions and cultures, which are destructive for Muslim belief. This department has been recognized by the Board of National Accreditation in 2012 under its decree No: 032/BAP-PT/Ak-XV/S1/X/2012, with grade A.
Being accredited by the Board of National Accreditation with grade A, this department is projected to respond the challenges of contemporary thought that attacks Aqidah such as Christianization, secularism, liberalism, humanism, pluralism, etc. Internally, the department is also designed to deeply study about destructive doctrines, syncretism, or any other unacceptable religious behaviours or inappropriate strategy of Da’wah which causes intolerant stigma.
The core subjects offered in this department are: science of comparative religions, religious studies (Christology, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism), phenomenology of religions, anthropology of religion, contemporary issues in Islamic thought, destructive doctrines.