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Arabic Immersion Year

Arabic Immersion Year Overview

The Arabic Immersion Year is tailored for students of Islamic knowledge who have progressed beyond a foundational level. The year-long course provides an immersive environment for students to improve in their knowledge of Arabic grammar and morphology, as well as further develop their skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the Arabic language. The course forms the second year of ASI’s six-year Islamic Scholarship Programme and can also be taken as an independent programme of study. Students who successfully complete all modules of the Arabic Immersion Year (including written assignments and examinations) will be awarded a Diploma in Classical Arabic Language and Literature.

Qualification

Diploma in Classical Arabic Language and Literature

The Diploma in Classical Arabic and Literature is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the Arabic Immersion Year.

A student’s aptitude is tested throughout the year by a series of examinations and assignments designed to prepare the student for their termly and end of year exams. The outcome of these exams will form the substance of the certification.

Students who decide to exit the Islamic Scholarship Programme at the end of this stage will be issued a transcript of their results and can request an academic reference from the Institute to aid in their undergraduate or postgraduate applications. They will also be eligible to apply for entry onto subsequent stages of the ISP.

Course Structure

The programme is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, including that which is streamed live and later uploaded onto our Virtual Madrasah for students to review and revise at their own convenience. This level consists of eight mandatory modules, covering the Arabic language extensively, as well as Islamic Law, Hadith, Quranic Studies, and the Principles of Islamic Sciences which underpin these disciplines. Students will also have the opportunity to further their studies by travelling abroad with the Institute on the annual Sacred Science Journey or Summer Residential Retreat. These are highly recommended for students who are able to dedicate the time to deepen their understanding of the material covered in the classroom and to be taught by a wide variety scholars.

Teaching Delivery

Introduction

Our unique three-tier structure makes our Islamic Scholarship Programme unlike any other. The Degree is split into three distinct levels: Foundation Level, Intermediate Level, and the world-renowned Advanced Level – taught exclusively by Shaykh Akram Nadwi. The Arabic Immersion year is year one of three that forms the Intermediate Level of the Islamic Scholarship Programme.

Core Lectures

All students of the Islamic Scholarship Programme will come together for the compulsory lectures on ‘Study Sundays’. These are the core lectures and take place during term-time over 30 weeks (or 24 for the Advanced level). They provide the core information that you will discuss in tutorials, essays or examinations. All of the core lectures take place onsite (in London) and are streamed live to our online students all over the world. Afterwards, the recordings are made available to all students via the Virtual Madrasah: ASI’s flagship learning management system.

Tutorials

Tutorials take place during a weekday evening – usually lasting no more than two hours. Tutorials allow students to review their answers or theories that have been developed over the duration of the course, and to explore ideas that arise in discussion with your peers and tutors.

Workshops

Workshops are arranged to provide the practical study experience that cannot always be assured in the classroom setting. Arabic typing, dictionary skills, and other essential study skills are typical Arabic Immersion year workshops.

Seminars

Seminars on the Arabic Immersion year are intended to introduce students to new areas of study and take their thinking and development to a more nuanced level. For Arabic immersion year students, these are often provided as day-long intensives on topics such as the Etiquettes of a Student of Knowledge or themes and periods in Classical Arabic Literature.

Term dates for the 2018-2019 Academic Year:

Induction Day:
Sunday 30th September 2018
Autumn term:
Sunday 7th October 2018 – Sunday 9th December 2018
Winter term:
Sunday 13th January 2019 – Sunday 24th March 2019
Spring term:
Sunday 28th April 2019 – Sunday 30th June 2019
Core Lectures:
30 full-day lectures on Sundays during the academic term-time
Workshops:
2-5 half-day practical sessions on Saturdays throughout the calendar year
Seminars:
8-15 one-day intensive seminars throughout the calendar year
Residential:
4 weeks Arabic Summer School  (August 2019)

Timetable for Core Lectures

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Time
Module
10am-11am
Technical Arabic
Arabic Morphology
Arabic Morphology
Arabic Morphology
11am-12pm
Technical Arabic
Arabic Grammar
Arabic Grammar
Arabic Grammar
12pm-1pm
Technical Arabic
Grammatical Parsing
Grammatical Parsing
Grammatical Parsing
1pm-2pm
LUNCH BREAK
2pm-3pm
Applied Arabic
Applied Arabic
Applied Arabic
Applied Arabic
3pm-4pm
Applied Arabic
Applied Arabic
Applied Arabic
Applied Arabic
4pm-5pm
Arabic Literature
Classical Texts
Classical Texts
Classical Texts
5pm-6pm
Quranic Exegesis
Juz Amma
Juz Amma
Juz Amma

Provisional timetable subject to confirmation.

Overview

MODULES
UNITS
CREDITS
Morphology
  • Unit 1: Arabic Morphology
  • Seminar 1: Introduction to Arabic Morphology
30
Grammar
  • Unit 1: Arabic Grammar
  • Seminar 1: Introduction to Arabic Grammar
30
Grammatical Parsing
  • Unit 1: Grammatical Parsing
30
Applied Arabic
  • Unit 1: Applied Arabic
  • Tutorial 1: Arabic Language and Literature
30
Arabic Literature
  • Unit 1: Classical Texts
30
Quranic Studies
  • Unit 1: Quranic Exegesis
  • Seminar 1: Exegesis of The Last Ten Surahs
  • Seminar 2: Coherence of the Quran
30
Skills and Training
  • Workshop 1: Arabic Study Skills
  • Seminar 1: Etiquettes of a Student
  • Seminar 2: Academic Writing and Research Methodology
AUX

Arabic Morphology

Unit 1:
Arabic Morphology
Seminar 1:
Introduction to Arabic Morphology

Overview

The science of morphology is the study of the structure, formation and patterns of words. Having studied this science before, students on the Arabic Immersion Year will learn this science even more comprehensively and in the Arabic medium with Shaykh Akram Nadwi’s classical Arabic textbook on the foundations of morphology, Mabadi’ al-Tasrif. Students will complete his book and gain the skill of extracting any given word from a text, determining its stem and using that knowledge to derive various other words through the knowledge of word templates.

Primary Text

Mabādi’ al-Taṣrīf

About the Text

Mabadi al-Tasrif is part of a series of five books written by Shaykh Akram Nadwi in order to introduce the sciences of Quran, Hadith, Islamic law and Arabic language. The book provides an introduction to Sarf in a concise yet comprehensive manner, making it a suitable book for Intermediate students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:
• Identify 8 types of nominal derivatives, their patterns, meanings and be able to form them with any given root letters
• Confidently recall the verb forms and be able to recognise them in texts within their various patterns
• Demonstrate mastery of the following verb forms: trilateral verb forms 1-15 sound, hamzated, doubled, initial-weak, middle-weak, end-weak, dual-weak and the quadrilateral verb forms 1-4
• Recognise the above verbs and their appearance in all three cases and in all 14 pronominal conjugations
• Form words when provided appropriate root letters and a context

Arabic Grammar

Unit 1:
Arabic Grammar
Seminar 1:
Introduction to Arabic Grammar

Overview

While morphology teaches the study of the patterns of individual words, grammar teaches the principles governing how to link individual words into phrases and sentences and what meaning is respectively formed after they are brought together. These two approaches are commonly known as syntax and semantics respectively. Every word in Arabic has some syntactic and/or semantic effect on a given sentence, therefore every type of word must be studied. Students will be given a firm grounding in the fundamentals of Arabic grammar in order to be able to confidently analyse the place of each word in a given sentence, derive its meaning and by the end of the year being able to easily and accurately read intermediate level Arabic texts.

Primary Text

Mabādi’ al-Nahw

About the Text

Mabadi al-Nahw is part of a series of five books written by Shaykh Akram Nadwi in order to introduce the sciences of Quran, Hadith, Islamic law and Arabic language. The book provides an introduction to grammar in a concise yet comprehensive manner, making it a suitable book for Intermediate students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
• Know the qualities that each type of word in Arabic possesses
• Understand the grammatical agents, majzumat, mansubat, marfuʿat and majrurat that govern the case of a word
• Dissect each individual component of a given sentence with respect to the words grammatical title, function, case and case indicator
• Recognise all the phrases of the Arabic language and their respective rules in order eloquently form them
• Comprehend the types of sentences employed in classical Arabic and their individual function as part of a larger passage

Grammatical Parsing

Unit 1:
Grammatical Parsing

Overview

aAl-Iʿrāb, or grammatical parsing, is a classical sub-science or an off-shoot of Arabic grammar. This science breaks down the individual components of sentences and ascribes a fixed Arabic recitation, or template, to each individual component, providing students an easier way to understand Arabic grammar
applied in texts.

Primary Text

ASI Intermediate Level I’rab Workbook

About the Text

This textbook is part of ASI’s own specially designed course materials. Many books have been written in classical Arabic about grammatical parsing, but virtually no books exist on this topic in the English language. The textbook, chapter-by-chapter, introduces grammatical titles, provides a brief, yet comprehensive grammatical explanation and then gives numerous examples of that grammatical title with its respective Arabic parsing in each type of sentence. The English translation of each parsing is also provided to support students at this intermediate level in their study of Arabic.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
• Expand upon the knowledge gained in Arabic grammar from module two, i.e. the syntax and semantics of Arabic words
• Confidently recall from memory the classical Arabic templates for grammatically parsing individual words
• Isolate words from sentences and give their grammatical parsing which includes a fixed template for the grammatical function of a word, its case, case indicator and its respective position

Applied Arabic

Unit 1:
Applied Arabic
Tutorial:
Arabic Language and Literature

Overview

Applied Arabic is an opportunity for students to practice the sciences of the Arabic language, namely grammar and morphology and apply them to practical situations via reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises. Students will read intermediate-advanced level texts, translate a pre-written paragraph about each text into Arabic, take part in group reading and speaking exercises and to listen to a short audio-clip of a lecture, sermon, documentary or seminar in Arabic on the same topic of the reading for the week. The class is largely interactive and will be initially taught in a mix of Arabic and English; however, the instructor will gradually teach in Arabic only as the year progresses.

Primary Texts

Al-ʿArabiyyatu Lil-Nāshiʿīn
ASI Intermediate Level Workbook

About the Texts

Al-ʿArabiyyatu Lil-Nāshiʿīn is a six-volume textbook consisting of a variety of articles in classical Arabic on Islamic-themed topics, such as stories of the prophets, the companions of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh), historical events in Islamic history, general articles on spiritual and personal development and more. Students will be reading extracts from books 4, 5 and 6 of this series. By term 2, students will be reading publications by established scholars and writers that already assume the reader is fluent in the Arabic language. Each text is followed with comprehension questions and exercises

The module is supplemented by our bespoke ASI Intermediate Level Workbook, which clearly set outs each weeks teaching, provides the vocabulary words for each text (between 40-100 vocabulary words per text) and includes sections on listening, writing and translation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
• Read and comprehend intermediate to advanced-level texts without a need for the vowels
• Demonstrate a wide range of vocabulary by being exposed to more than 2000 new vocabulary words
• Possess the confidence and ability to listen, on one’s own initiative, to Arabic videos and audio recordings with an intermediate level of comprehension
• Demonstrate excellent writing and translation skills
• Carry more complex multi-layered conversations with their peers in different contexts.
• Build upon the growing confidence in all skills of the Arabic language.

Arabic Literature

Unit 1:
Classical Texts

Overview

There are three types of Arabic that an Arabic language student may learn: colloquial/dialectical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic and classical Arabic. Each are like a language of their own, often with their own vocabulary and even rules in grammar. Students at Al-Salam Institute have a primary interest in classical Arabic and, therefore, this module aims to expose students to a wide variety of classical Arabic literature in order for them to confidently be able to access classical Arabic texts in the future.

Primary Text

Al-Manthūrāt min Adab al-ʿArab

About the Text

Al-Manthūrāt min Adab al-ʿArab is an anthology of classical Arabic literature. It consists of articles, essays, stories and commentaries written from the first century of Islam to the present time on topics such as theology, spirituality, Quranic verses, hadiths, well-known Muslim personalities and historical events in Islamic history. Each piece is presented and/or written in a literary style, employing a high level of eloquence which will benefit a student of Classical Arabic.

About the Author

Muḥammad Al-Rābiʿi Al-Ḥasanī Al-Nadwī is world-renowned scholar and writer from India, student of Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi and teacher of Shaykh Akram Nadwi. He completed his further education in Dār Al-ʿUlūm Nadwat Al-ʿUlamā’ and continued to teach and pursue his research there. He has written over 30 publications in both Arabic and Urdu.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
• Appreciate classical Arabic literature and its eloquence by studying the vocabulary and expressions employed
• Understand how the classical Arabic literature has evolved from the Prophetic period to modern times
• Demonstrate a larger knowledge of Muslim personalities and historical events in Islamic history
• Benefit spiritually and intellectually from the content presented in each story/piece.

Quranic Studies

Unit 1:
Quranic Exegesis
Seminar:
Exegesis of the Last Ten Surahs

Overview

In this module various Chapters (surah) of the Quran will be studied with theological, legal and spiritual emphases. Classical and contemporary interpretations of the Quran in the Muslim world will also be discussed and critically analysed, as well as highlighting the concept of thematic and structural coherence in the Quran; a concept which was developed by the great Indian scholar Mawlana Hamid al-Din Farahi (d.1930).

Primary Text

The Quran

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
• Demonstrate a knowledge of the major exegetical types and works
• Critically analyse and evaluate Quranic exegetical works
• Relate multiple meanings of Quranic text by reference to exegetical works
• Demonstrate critical ability to deduct theological, legal and spiritual meanings from the Quranic verses by following correct exegetical methodology

Skills and Training

Workshop 1:
Arabic Study Skills
Seminar 1:
Etiquettes of a Student
Seminar 2:
Academic Writing and Research Methodology

Overview

The Skills and Training module consists of the essential skills that will enhance the students’ development whilst at ASI. Students who have entered onto the programme without any prior studies in the science of Quran recitation (tajwid) will be able to study the theory and practice of the discipline in supplementary classes conducted online. Similarly, etiquettes of a student of knowledge is an essential point of study for those embarking upon the noble path of religious knowledge. In addition, Academic Writing and Research Methodology will detail the best practices in constructing a written paper, transliterating from Arabic into English (and back again), and referencing methods in academic articles, journals and assignments.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of the theory (rules) of tajwid
• Recite the last ten Surahs of the Quran from memory
• Appreciate the values and etiquettes sought after in a student of Islamic knowledge
• Demonstrate an understanding of the most crucial elements of academic writing and study skills
• Confidently reference using the most popular referencing methods, including Chicago and Harvard
• Understand the need for consistent transliteration and demonstrate proficiency in this regard

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when do the classes take place?

The classes are held on Sundays in east London from 10am – 6pm.

Is the programme taught in English?

Yes. The entire programme is taught in the English language. Many of the texts are studied in the original Arabic with translation, explanation, and tuition in English.

I have a very busy schedule and cannot always dedicate an entire Sunday to my studies. Are the classes mandatory to attend?

Yes and no. Onsite students are required to attend every class and will be penalised for unauthorised absences. Online students have a little more flexibility to allow for the differences in time zones. However, it is strongly recommended for all students to attend all classes live.

Can I study the entire programme online?

Yes. The entire ISP can be studied online from start to finish. Further, recorded access is available for all core lectures.

Does Shaykh Akram Nadwi teach the entire programme?

No. There are over 12 faculty members teaching throughout the ISP who are experts in their respective fields. Shaykh Akram teaches modules in every year of the programme and teaches the Advanced level exclusively. The Shaykh ultimately authorises the graduation from ASI, but he does not teach everything!

Is the Alimiyyah Degree recognised by Nadwat al-‘Ulama or any national or international universities?

At the moment – no. The entire programme is authorised by Shaykh Akram Nadwi.

How will I be assessed?

Good question! Students are assessed by a mixture of written assignments and examinations, as well as an independent research project in the final year. For more details visit: www.alsalam.ac.uk/assessment

Do I have to sit the exams in the UK even if I live abroad?

No. All exams and assignments are conducted online via the ASI Virtual Madrasa. The Advanced level exams are required to be sat onsite. Students living outside of the UK are able to sit these exams at a designated test centre near to their location.

What happens once I graduate?

Graduates of ASI are marked by their embodiment of religious knowledge and are encouraged to contribute to society through their writings, actions, and dealings with others. Graduates may also choose to pursue post-graduate study in order to specialise in legal verdicts, hadith classification, or Arabic language.

Is there any financial assistance available?

Yes and no. Unfortunately ASI is no longer able to financially support students attending the Institute due to a lack of scholarship funds. However, there are a number of instalment plans available for students who struggle to pay the entire fees upfront.

What are the tuition fees?

Tuition starts from £1,550 per annum. For further details please visit: www.alsalam.ac.uk/fees

Is the Sacred Sciences Journey a part of the Islamic Scholarship Programme?

Yes and no. The SSJ initiative came about in order to enable students of the ISP to visit and gain ijazah from some of the leading scholars of the Muslim world. However it is an elective module and is priced separately.

Is the Sacred Sciences Journey only for students of the ISP?

No. The SSJ is open to external students from all across the world.

What texts are studied on the SSJ?

The syllabus changes from year to year, but will typically include a mixture of introductory level modules for beginners and maqra’ (hadith reading) sessions for senior students of knowledge.

The SSJ sounds amazing. Where can I find more information?

www.alsalam.ac.uk/residentials

Can I enrol one year at a time, instead of all six years at once?

Yes.

How many teaching hours are there per week?

There are 7-8 hours of core lectures on a weekly basis, as well as an average of 4 hours per week in seminars and tutorials.

How many hours of independent study is recommended?

We recommend 4 hours of independent study per week, in addition to the core lectures on Sundays.

I live outside of London. Should I attend onsite or online?

Onsite – if possible. Students of the ISP commute from all over the UK on a weekly basis in order to benefit from the classroom experience.

What are the entry requirements to join the programme?

A basic ability to recognise Arabic characters is required for entry onto the Foundation level.

I have been studying the Islamic sciences for quite a while on my own, do I have to start at the Foundation level?

No. Students who have already graduated from an Islamic studies programme may be eligible to enter directly into the Intermediate or Advanced levels of the ISP.

How can I determine which level I should enrol onto?

Will I automatically be enrolled onto the following year?

No. Entry onto the next year of the ISP is subject to satisfactory results in the end of year examinations.

Where do I sign up?

www.alsalam.ac.uk/isp

Tuition Fees for 2018-2019

Single Payment (GBP)
Instalment Plan (GBP)
3x
Total
Onsite
£1,550
£600
£1,800
Online
£1,850
£700
£2,100

Visit alsalam.ac.uk/fees for further information

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Onsite:

Onsite students are those who choose to attend the lectures on Sundays in London. The benefit of attending onsite is that students are able to study directly from the teachers and benefit from the classroom environment. Onsite students (all students of the ISP) will also have recorded access to all of the core lectures lectures a few days after the lessons are delivered.

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Online:

The online enrolment option is available for students who live outside of London or cannot travel to the class venue on a weekly basis. The classes are streamed live online to students all over the world via the ASI Virtual Madrasah. Lessons are streamed at high-definition with a multi-camera setup, facilitating an interactive learning environment for dynamic student engagement and participation.

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