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Classical Arabic Language

[Foundation Level]

Code: ARA5000

The Certificate in Classical Arabic Language has been developed to take students from a beginner’s level in Arabic studies to proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The focus will be on introducing students to the principles of Arabic grammar and morphology and familiarising them with the language in a natural manner.

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Classical Arabic Language and Literature

[Intermediate Level Year 1]

Code: ARA6000

The Diploma in Classical Arabic Language and Literature is a three-year course spanning the Intermediate level of the Islamic Scholarship Programme. In the first year, students will cover the development of Arabic grammar and Arabic morphology as separate branches of study, as well as increasing their usage and understanding of the language through the systematic study of classical and contemporary works.

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Hadith-Analysis

Classical Arabic Language and Literature

[Intermediate Level Year 2]

Code: ARA6001

In the second year of the Diploma in Classical Arabic Language and Literature, students will continue the unit on Applied Arabic in order to improve their conversational skills, comprehension, and Arabic vocabulary. Classical texts on the Arabic language, such as the grammar primer Qatr al-Nada, will be taught throughout the year to develop the students’ understanding of the constructs and nuances of the language.

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Hadith-Analysis

Classical Arabic Language and Literature

[Intermediate Level Year 3]

Code: ARA6002

In the third year of the Diploma in Classical Arabic Language and Literature, students will continue the unit on Applied Arabic in order to perfect their conversational skills, comprehension, and Arabic vocabulary. The language of pre-Islamic Arabia will be covered in-depth with the study of The Hanging Poems (Al-Mu’allaqat), alongside modern pieces of Arabic literature for a thorough and comprehensive study of the language.

Expected start date: October 2017

Al-Mufassal - Advanced Arabic Grammar - Islamic Studies Course

Arabic Grammar (Al-Mufassal)

[Advanced Level]

Code: ARA7000

This module on Arabic grammar provides students with an opportunity to revise their knowledge of this oft-neglected area and develop expertise in the nuances of the language. For this purpose, al-Mufassal of Imam Zamakhshari, a masterpiece on the fundamentals Arabic grammar, will be studied. In addition, workshops in Arabic composition will take place throughout the year, as well as linguistic exposition of the books of hadith, Islamic law, and Quranic exegesis that are also taught in the Advanced level.

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Hadith-Analysis

Classical Arabic Language

[Foundation Level]

Code: ARA5000

The Certificate in Classical Arabic Language has been developed to take students from a beginner’s level in Arabic studies to proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The focus will be on introducing students to the principles of Arabic grammar and morphology and familiarising them with the language in a natural manner.

Find out more >

Hadith-Analysis

Classical Arabic Language and Literature

[Intermediate Level Year 2]

Code: ARA6001

In the second year of the Diploma in Classical Arabic Language and Literature, students will continue the unit on Applied Arabic in order to improve their conversational skills, comprehension, and Arabic vocabulary. Classical texts on the Arabic language, such as the grammar primer Qatr al-Nada, will be taught throughout the year to develop the students’ understanding of the constructs and nuances of the language.

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Al-Mufassal - Advanced Arabic Grammar - Islamic Studies Course

Arabic Grammar (Al-Mufassal)

[Advanced Level]

Code: ARA7000

This module on Arabic grammar provides students with an opportunity to revise their knowledge of this oft-neglected area and develop expertise in the nuances of the language. For this purpose, al-Mufassal of Imam Zamakhshari, a masterpiece on the fundamentals Arabic grammar, will be studied. In addition, workshops in Arabic composition will take place throughout the year, as well as linguistic exposition of the books of hadith, Islamic law, and Quranic exegesis that are also taught in the Advanced level.

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Hadith Analysis (Riyad al-Salihin)

[Foundation Level]

Code: HAD5000

The module has been developed to introduce students to hadith studies and to derive points of benefit from the prophetic traditions. The style and method of teaching will be to encourage students to understand the essence of the teachings of the Prophet (saw), rather than to discuss any legal injunctions stemming from them (which will, undoubtedly, be touched upon at times). As such, this module simultaneously encompasses an important element to the programme, which is the tarbiyyah and personal development of the student.

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Al-Ihkam - Hadith Studies - Islamic Studies

Study of Evidences of the Sunnah (Al-Ihkam)

[Intermediate Level Year 2]

Code: HAD6001

The Study of Evidences of the Sunnah is the study of the hadith of ahkam (rulings). It is a sub-genre of hadith studies, encompassing a specific collection of ahadith pertaining to legal rulings. Historically, scholars of different schools of law have written different texts to justify, defend, or provide evidence for the particular school of thought to which they may adhere. Two classical examples can be found in the Shafi’i text, ‘Bulugh al-Maram’ by ibn Hajr al-Asqalani (d. 852 A.H.), and in the Hanbali treatise of ‘Umdat al-Ahkam by ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Maqdasi (d. 600 A.H.)

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Sahih al-Bukhari - Dr M Akram Nadwi - Islamic Studies

Hadith Criticism and Fiqh Methodology of Bukhari

[Advanced Level]

Code: HAD7000

This module involves the detailed study of hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari and the Sunan of al-Tirmidhi. The first unit on Sahih al-Bukhari will highlight the unique method used by al-Bukhari in extracting the narrations of his collection and understanding Islamic law and theology. In the process, chains of transmission (isnads) for the same hadith texts from other collections will be analysed to show why al-Bukhari only chose the chains that he did, and why he left the others, in line with his remarkably consistent and thorough methodology. Moreover, the criticisms of masters like al-Daraqutni against some of the narrations included by al-Bukhari will be fully discussed.

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Sunan al-Tirmidhi - Dr M Akram Nadwi - Islamic Studies

Hadith Criticism and Fiqh Methodology of Tirmidhi

[Advanced Level]

Code: HAD7001

The second unit on Sunan al-Tirmidhi will further expand upon hidden defects of hadith by analysing the works of al-Daraqutni and others. Furthermore, al-Tirmidhi manages to bring together an incredible wealth of information about how the Companions, students of the Companions (tabi’un) and the early generations of scholars derived law from hadith, differed with some ahadith or reconciled between them. In this way, the student learns to appreciate the tools of analysis employed by the early generations when engaging with the hadith canon.

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Chapters of Worship (Mukhtasar al-Quduri)

[Foundation Level]

Code: LAW5000

This module covers the necessary aspects of the Islamic law of personal worship from the five pillars of Islam. Students will study ritual purification (taharah), the daily prescribed prayers (salah), purifying alms (zakah), fasting during the month of Ramadan (sawm) and the major pilgrimage (hajj); together with the textual evidences for these rulings. The Hanafi school of law will be the governing doctrine for the module, however views and evidences from the Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanbali schools of law will also be discussed.

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Commercial Law - Islamic Law - Islamic Studies

Commercial Law

[Intermediate Level Year 2]

Code: LAW6007

This module covers the final third of Mukhtasar al-Quduri, detailing the chapters of buying and selling. In addition to study of classical juristic positions on issues such as contracts, commerce, and trade; the module will cover aspects of the modern banking system and the emergence of Islamic financial instruments.

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Hadith-Analysis

Fiqh al-Mughni (Book of Transactions)

[Advanced Level]

Code: LAW7000

This module is a comparative study of Islamic law. The text chosen for this area of study will highlight some of the most profound legal thought from contrasting legal traditions. The module will introduce a dynamic way of approaching traditional Islamic law; taking the schools of law as a foundation whilst applying a rigorous scholarly method that truly considers how traditional fiqh can be analysed in light of principles of hadith, Arabic language and Islamic legal theory (usul al-fiqh).

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Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Mabadi fi Usul al-Fiqh)

[Foundation Level]

Code: QQ5000

This module will cover the main areas of Islamic jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh) as well as the historic, social, and religious factors in the development of Islamic legal schools. The focus will be the four primary sources of Islamic law, together with the supplementary sources used in the practice of ijtihad (independent legal deduction).

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Usul al-Shashi - Principles of Islamic Law

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Shashi)

[Intermediate Level Year 2]

Code: QQ6006

The study of Usul al-Fiqh focuses on the principles upon which scholars have elaborated Islamic jurisprudence and therefore includes study of the historical development of the discipline. The goal is to become familiar with the historic, social and religious factors in the development of Islamic legal schools, and to become acquainted with the framework of jurisprudential discussion. Students who study this module should have completed some previous studies in the area, as tuition will be based less around identifying the sources of Islamic law, and more around how they have been used by Imams and in the practice of ijtihad to form clear and delineated Schools of Thought.

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Hujjatullah al-Baliga - Islamic Studies

Objectives of Islamic Law (Hujjatullah al-Baliga)

[Advanced Level]

Code: QQ7003

This module will cover the great work of Shah Wali Allah al-Dihlawi, Hujjatullah al-Baligha (The Profound Evidence of Allah). The text is monumental due to its balance and depth in explaining the wisdom of Islamic rulings through a study of the Prophetic hadith. Through critical analysis of the text, students will be able to put Islam into context and make a connection between each juristic ruling, because the Hujjat makes all the parts of Islam whole. The study of this work refines the intellect; and by studying how the author addressed the hadith corpus to the challenges of his time, we will be better prepared to apply the same corpus to the challenges of the present era. Similarly, students will discuss the dangers of attempting to make the wisdom or higher objectives (maqasid) of the Shari’ah into independent sources of the Law.

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Principles of Prophetic Traditions (Turfat al-Turaf)

[Foundation Level]

Code: QQ5002

Studying the principles of hadith terminology and criticism is a major component of hadith studies (ulum al-hadith). The goal of the course is to assist students in becoming acquainted with the most important terms in hadith criticism, and to gain a practical understanding of what these terms mean when applied in hadith analysis and isnad criticism.

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Principles of Quranic Exegesis (Al-Tashil)

[Foundation Level]

Code: QQ5004

The Study of usul al-tafsir, the principles of Quranic exegesis, is part of the broader subject of ‘ulum al-Quran. The goal is to become acquainted with the essential aspects of the Scripture and rules of interpretation so as to avoid erring in one’s understanding. At the introductory level, it is important to gain an overview of the main features of the sacred text and the disciplines that are connected to it in order to lay the foundation for the technical studies to follow.

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Quranic Exegesis (Tafsir Surah Yusuf)

[Foundation Level]

Code: QUR5000

This Module is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the application of Quranic exegetical methodology by studying famous exegetical works. Various passages of the Quran with theological, legal and spiritual emphasis will be discussed critically by studying these exegetical works based on tradition (riwayah) and deduction (dirayah). Classical and contemporary interpretations of the Quran in the Muslim world will also be discussed.

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Study of Legal Verses

[Intermediate Level Year 2]

Code: QUR6001

This module will cover the study of legal verses in the Quran. Students will build upon the modules on Islamic jurisprudence and the Study of Evidences of the Sunnah in evaluating the different verses of legislation revealed in the Quran.

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Classical Quranic Exegesis (Tafsir al-Kashaf)

[Advanced Level]

Code: QUR7000

This module is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the application of Quranic exegetical methodology by studying famous exegetical works. Various passages of the Quran with theological, legal and spiritual emphasis will be critically discussed from exegetical works based on tradition (riwayah) and deduction (dirayah). Classical and contemporary interpretations of the Quran in the Muslim world will also be addressed.

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