Taḥfīẓ Department

The Taḥfīẓ Department or Qurʾānic Memorisation Program—as suggested by the title—is devoted to the memorization of the complete Qurʾān. The average student is able to do so in 3 years of devoted study with some dedicated students completing in less than 2 years.

Arabic and Islamic Studies Department

The method of instruction, while comprising both theory and practice, prefers practicality above all other considerations. By way of example; in the Ḥadīth Department, focus is on the production of a true Muḥaddith and not the completion of any text of ḥadīth methodology and classification [Muṣṭalaḥ al-Ḥadīth] or any particular ḥadīth compilation. 

Ināth – Female Arabic and Islamic Studies Department

Recognition of the need for female students to have access to traditional Islamic studies led us to initiate a branch for females (DUAI Ināth) that is academically on par with its male counterpart. Unique about the female branch, which is situated closer to the City of Cape Town in a wholly separate campus, is that its teaching staff is exclusively female – thus allowing female scholarship to develop and grow to its full potential.

Admission Requirements

For entry into our institute, applicants are expected to possess a basic ability in the recitation of the Qurʾān. Applicants who are unable to recite the Qurʾān are usually redirected to sister institutes which focuses on the basics. 


Studying at DUAI may generate several financial responsibilities. It is best that prospective students take cognisance of potential financial burdens well in advance of their arrival at the institute. We discuss these requirements and the various options for their fulfillment. 

Male Division

Female Division

Application Forms

International Students

Information regarding study visas for foreign students who wish to study in the Republic of South Africa for longer than 3 months.

Academic Calendar

Our academic calendar follows the South African school calendar with additional breaks for the last 10 days of Ramadān [when it does not coincide with the school holidays] and for the two ʿEid’s. There are also quarterly assessments for each department.