The university was founded in 1961 as a school for higher education specializing in Islamic subjects. Approximately 80% of the 22,000 enrolled students are international students from all over the world. The university is culturally diverse and boasts almost all nationalities from across the globe.
University students may study Sharia, Qur'an, Dawah and Usul al-din, Hadith, and Arabic. The university offers Bachelor of Arts degrees and also Master's and Doctorate Degrees. There is also a one year post under-grad diploma program that can be obtained after a student successfully graduates from the Bachelors program. Studies at the College of Sharia Islamic law were the first to start when the university opened.
The school reviews applications yearly. The academic year starts in September and ends in June. The year consists of two separate semesters.