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Intermediate Level Overview

The Intermediate level in Classical Arabic and Islamic Disciplines is designed to enhance and build upon the modules studied in the Foundation level. Students will be educated in both classical and contemporary perspectives, thereby cultivating a comprehensive understanding of the religion in the modern era. The three-year course forms the second level of ASI’s six-year Alimiyyah Programme and can also be taken as an independent programme.

Students who successfully complete all three years of the Intermediate level (including written assignments and examinations) will be awarded a Diploma in Classical Arabic and Islamic Disciplines.


Qualification

Diploma in Classical Arabic and Islamic Studies

The Diploma in Advanced Arabic and Islamic Disciplines is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all three years of the Intermediate level of the Islamic Scholarship Programme.

A student’s aptitude is tested in the same manner as the Foundation level; a mixture of written assignments and examinations. The end of year exams will test the student’s material understanding and memorisation of the modules covered in each year as well as, in the case of the third year exams, their ability to convey it to others.

The Diploma signifies the extent of the student’s learning with ASI and will be awarded at the Al-Salam Institute Graduation Ceremony. A transcript will be provided as a record of their progress and a testament of their achievement. Academic references and letters of recommendation for employment or continuing education will be available on request. By the end of the level, students will be well-equipped to carry the message of Islam to their communities in the form of good conduct, da’wah, and social enterprise. They will also be eligible to apply for entry onto the Advanced level of the ISP – and to seek the shahada al-‘alimiyyah amongst some of the most devoted scholars and students of knowledge operating in the UK.

Course Structure

The programme is delivered by a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, all of which are streamed live and uploaded onto our Virtual Madrasah for students to review and revise at their own convenience. This level consists of eight mandatory modules, covering Arabic language extensively, as well as Islamic law, hadith, Quranic studies, and the principle sciences underpinning these disciplines. Students will also have the opportunity to further their studies by travelling abroad with the institute on the annual Sacred Science Journey and the 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 international scholars.


Teaching Delivery

Introduction

Our unique three-tier structure makes our Alimiyyah Degree 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. These three programmes together form the UK’s first part-time ‘Alimiyyah Degree taught exclusively in the English language.

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. Visits to graveyards to witness the Islamic funeral rites, or boot-camps in essential study skills are typical first-year workshops.

Seminars

Seminars develop your ability to think for yourself – an essential ability for academic success and perhaps the single most important skill that is developed by students at ASI. You will learn to present and defend your opinions, accept constructive criticism, and consolidate your lessons into a coherent and articulate perspective.

Term dates for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:

Autumn term: Sunday 8th October 2016 – Sunday 10th December 2016
Winter term: Sunday 7th January 2017 – Sunday 11th March 2017
Spring term: Sunday 15th April 2017 – Sunday 17th June 2017

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
Knowledge Retreat: 10 days abroad during term breaks (April 2018)
Residential: 7 days intensive teaching during summer holidays (August 2018)


Timetable for Core Lectures

Term 1     Term 2           Term 3   
Time Module
10am-11am Arabic Language Applied Arabic Applied Arabic Applied Arabic
11am-12pm Arabic Language Arabic Grammar Arabic Grammar Arabic Grammar
12pm-1pm Arabic Language Arabic Morphology Arabic Morphology Arabic Morphology
1pm-2pm LUNCH BREAK
2pm-3pm Hadith Studies al-Ihkam al-Ihkam al-Ihkam
3pm-4pm Islamic Law Family Law Judicial Law Inheritance Law
4pm-5pm Islamic Sciences Usul al-Fiqh Usul al-Hadith Usul al-Tafsir
5pm-6pm History and Theology Early Muslim Sects Aqida Contemporary Groups
 Online  Quranic Exegesis  Surah Yusuf  Surah Yusuf  Surah Yusuf
Provisional timetable for Intermediate Year One (INT-1) subject to confirmation.

Course Modules

Intermediate Level Year 1

Modules Units Credits
Arabic Language
  • Unit 1: Applied Arabic
  • Unit 2: Arabic Grammar (Text: Mabadi al-Nahw)
  • Unit 3: Arabic Morphology (Text: Mabadi al-Tasrif)
  • Tutorial: Applied Arabic Language and Literature
90
Hadith Studies
  • Unit 1: Study of Evidences of the Sunnah (Text: al-Ihkam)
  • Seminar: Index of the Major Hadith Collections (Text: Bustan al-Muhaddithin)
30
Islamic Law
  • Unit 1: Family Law (Text: Mukhtasar al-Quduri)
  • Unit 2: Inheritance Law (Text: al-Siraji)
  • Seminar 1: Marriage and Family Life
  • Seminar 2: Education and Entertainment
  • Seminar 3: Critique of al-Siraj fi al-Mirath (Text: al-Siraji)
  • Seminar 4: Medical Ethics
  • Workshop 1: Islamic Wills and Trusts
30
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
  • Unit 1: Applied Islamic Jurisprudence (Texts: al-Manar, Ilm Usul al-Fiqh)
  • Seminar: Critique of al-Waraqat (Text: al-Waraqat)
  • Tutorial: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
10
Principles of Prophetic Traditions
  • Unit 1: Applied Hadith Classification
  • Seminar: Critique of Nukhbat al-Fikr (Text: Nukhbat al-Fikr)
  • Tutorial: Principles of Prophetic Traditions
10
Principles of Quranic Exegesis
  • Unit 1: Applied Quranic Exegesis (Text: Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir)
  • Seminar: Critique of Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir (Text: al-Muqaddima)
  • Tutorial: Principles of Quranic Exegesis
10
History and Theology
  • Unit 1: History of Early Muslim Sects
  • Unit 2: History of Contemporary Muslim Groups
  • Unit 3: Theology and Beliefs (Text: Aqida al-Tahawiyya)
  • Seminar 1: History of Early Religious and Political Sects
  • Seminar 2: History of Political Islam and Contemporary Muslim Groups
  • Seminar 3: Critique of Aqida al-Tahawiyya (Text: Aqida al-Tahawiyya)
  • Workshop 1: Understanding Evolution
  • Workshop 2: Understanding Atheism
30
Quranic Studies
  • Unit 1: Quranic Exegesis
  • Seminar: How to approach the Quran
30
Skills and Training
  • Unit 1: Rules of Quran Recitation
  • Seminar 1: Orientalism and Islamic Studies
  • Seminar 2: Islamic Etiquettes (Text: Min Adab al-Islam)
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Module 1: Arabic Language

Unit 1: Applied Arabic

Unit 2: Arabic Grammar

Unit 3: Arabic Morphology

Tutorials: Applied Arabic Language and Literature

Overview

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 increase their usage and understanding of the language through the systematic study of classical and contemporary works.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in spoken and written forms of Arabic
  • Demonstrate intermediate knowledge of the varying grammatical morphology
  • Demonstrate intermediate understanding of the different scales of Arabic verbs
  • Differentiate and apply gender, number and form structures to verbs
  • Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and comprehension skills

Module 2: Hadith Studies

Unit 1: Study of Evidences of the Sunnah

Seminar: Index of the Major Hadith Collections

Overview

The Study of Evidences of the Sunnah is the study of the hadith of ahkam (rulings). It is a sub-genre of hadith studies and encompasses the 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.)

Primary Text

Al-Ihkam

About the Text

The full name of the text is: Al-Ihkam li al-Mujma’ ‘alayhi min Ahadith al-Ahkam. This anthology is a collection of the hadith narrations pertaining to legal rulings agreed upon by the Four Schools of Thought. The text is unique in that it draws solely upon the hadith narrations agreed upon by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim, enabling students to study a definite collection of evidences in a non-biased and impartial manner. The wordings used for these hadith are those that are found in Sahih al-Bukhari.

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About the Author

Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a world-renowned scholar of Indian origin, who has resided in England for an extensive time. After receiving in-depth training to an advanced level in the traditional Islamic disciplines at Nadwat al-Ulama, Lucknow, India, and receiving a PhD in Arabic literature from Lucknow University, he became a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, where he conducted research for a number of years (including topics of Hadith and Sufi orders in India).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Confidently recall 197 ahadith pertaining to different legal positions
  • Recognise the different types of hadith that can be used as evidences
  • Understand the established legal verdicts flowing from agreed upon hadith narrations
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the agreed upon evidences of the sunnah

Module 3: Islamic Law

Unit 1: Family Law

Unit 2: Inheritance Law

Seminar 1: Marriage and Family Life

Seminar 2: Education and Entertainment

Seminar 3: Critique of al-Siraj fi al-Mirath

Seminar 4: Medical Ethics

Workshop 1: Islamic Wills and Trusts

Overview

This module covers the second third of Mukhtasar al-Quduri, beginning with the Islamic law of Marriage and Divorce and ending with the chapters on Inheritance. As the text contains only a brief overview to the laws of inheritance, students will study this area in-depth from al-Siraji fi al-Mirath, a tract specific to Inheritance laws in the Hanafi School of Thought.

Primary Text

Mukhtasar al-Quduri al-Siraj fi al-Mirath

About the Texts

Mukhtasar al-Quduri is one of the most celebrated and influential treatises in any Islamic legal school and is the foundation for the Hanafi School of law. It is both the first source for scholars and a manual for the general reader.

Al-Siraji is a famous treatise on the law of Inheritance based on the Hanafi madhab. The text covers the legal rulings and respective rights in the estate of the deceased. In addition, the text covers what constitutes a valid Islamic will and the legal impediments to inheritance.

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About the Author

The Hanafi jurist Abul-Husayn al-Quduri, was born in Baghdad in 362 A.H. / 973 C.E. and died on Sunday 5th Rajab 428 A.H. /1037 C.E. aged 66.

The author of al-Siraji was Hafiz al-Din Abu al-Barakat Abdullah ibn Ahmad ibn Mahmud al-Nasafi (better known simply as Imam Nasafi). He was born in the town of Nakhshab and was a prolific writer, having authored a number of commentaries and original works. He passed away in the year 710 or 711 A.H.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Understand the Islamic law related to marriage, divorce, and inheritance
  • Cite textual evidences for established legal rulings
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of Hanafi School of law
  • Appreciate the differences of opinion existing in other Schools

Module 4: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Unit 1: Applied Islamic Jurisprudence

Seminar: Critique of al-Waraqat

Tutorial: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Overview

The study of Usul al-Fiqh is the study of the historical development of Islamic jurisprudence. 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.

Primary Text

Ilm Usul al-Fiqh

About the Text

Ilm Usul al-Fiqh was written by one of the pioneers in contemporary juristic studies, Shaykh Abdul Wahhab Khallaf (d.1375 A.H.). The text is counted amongst the contemporary works that make Islamic jurisprudence and legal theory accessible to the modern reader.

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About the Author

Shaykh Abdul Wahab Khallaf has written many compilations on Islamic Law and Islamic legal theory and is an Imam in the Arabic language, constitutional law, and Islamic jurisprudence. He was born in Egypt and memorised the Quran by the age of 12. He completed his studies under many scholars and graduated from al-Azhar University. He was later appointed as professor at Cairo University where he served until his retirement, though he continued to teach through illness and old age until he died in 1375 A.H. /1956 C.E.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Understand the historic, social and religious development of Usul al-Fiqh
  • Apply traditional Usul al-Fiqh to the modern era
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the understanding of the methodology of Islamic law-making
  • Analyse the arguments and propositions used in legal rulings (fataawa) and gaining insight as to their relative merit
  • Understand the origins of the differences in the Schools of Islamic Law

Module 5: Principles of Prophetic Traditions

Unit 1: Applied Hadith Classification

Seminar: Critique of Nukhbat al-Fikr

Tutorial: Principles of Prophetic Traditions

Overview

This module will build upon the principles of prophetic traditions taught in the Foundation level. Students will apply the terminology, classification methods, and tools of authenticity to analyse the veracity of specific hadith narrations. The biographies of major hadith narrators will be evaluated as well as the relative strengths and weaknesses of the collective communities of hadith scholars in the early generations of Islam.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Describe the difference between hadith and Sunnah
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different phases in the collating of hadith literature in the first three centuries of Islam
  • Evaluate the methods used to classify hadith
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the hadith types and their definitions
  • Differentiate between the levels of authenticity of hadith narrations

Module 6: Principles of Quranic Exegesis

Unit 1: Applied Quranic Exegesis

Seminar: Critique of Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir

Tutorial: Principles of Quranic Exegesis

Overview

This module builds upon the theory of Quranic Exegesis taught in the Foundation level and intends to convey to students the exegetical tools that can be employed to understand what the Almighty is communicating to them through His Book, and what He expects them to do.  At the same time, students will learn the different ways in which the Quran can be misinterpreted, and how to remain faithful to the text by following the Prophetic teachings and the way of the early Muslims.

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Primary Text

Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir

About the Text

This work, authored by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, sets out the proper principles to be utilised in interpreting the Quran. Emphasis is placed on the fact that the reader of the Quran should always keep in mind who the Speaker is and who it is spoken to. It has proven to be a unique treatise in that, despite its conciseness, this introduction has been quoted by Quranic scholars from the earliest times like Ibn Kathir and Al-Suyuti unto the present day.

About the Author

Taqi al-Din Ahmad ibn Abd al-Halim (more commonly known simply as Ibn Taymiyyah was born into a family of reputable Hanbali scholars in Harran in modern day Turkey in 661 A.H. / 1263 C.E.  He left a lasting legacy on Islamic reformation, and was teacher to the likes of Imams Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, Ibn Kathir, Al-Dhahabi, Al-Mizzi and Ibn Daqiq al-‘Id. He wrote profusely on a range of subjects before he passed away in 728 A.H. / 1328 C.E.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Understand how the Quran is best explained by the Quran
  • Understand how the Prophet (SAW) explained the Quran
  • Understand how the Companions and their successors explained the Quran
  • Recognise different sources of Tafsir
  • Understand why there are differences in Tafsir
  • Recognise ideological and sectarian bias in Tafsir works
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of Tafsir based on Reason
  • Consider whether new hermeneutical methods are useful in interpreting the Quran

Module 7: History and Theology

Unit 1: History of Early Muslim Sects

Unit 2: History of Contemporary Muslim Groups

Unit 3: Theology and Beliefs

Seminar 1: History of Early Religious and Political Sects

Seminar 2: History of Political Islam and Contemporary Muslim Groups

Seminar 3: Critique of Aqida al-Tahawiyya

Workshop 1: Understanding Evolution

Workshop 1: Understanding Atheism

Overview

This module will introduce students to the most important political and theological groupings in the formative period of Islam, from the period following the murder of the third caliph, ʿUthman, until approximately the middle of the 4th/10th century. By studying these sects in the context of their time, as well as in interaction with one another, students will gain a greater understanding of the reasons for the formation of the theological schools considered orthodox in Sunni Islam. In addition, students will cover in-depth the contemporary religious groups of the modern era as well as the tract which details the “aqida for non-sectarian people”: Aqida al-Tahawiyya.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Appreciate the diversity of politico-theological opinion in the formative period and its relationship to historical events
  • Understand the development of different Muslim sects and theological schools from a critical historical perspective
  • Analyse the way in which different theological views have influenced each other
  • Gain critical appreciation of theological labels such as Ahl al-Sunna, Shia and Muʿtazila in the light of their genesis
  • Demonstrate a profound understanding of contemporary Muslim groups in the modern era

Module 8: Quranic Studies

Unit 1: Quranic Exegesis

Seminar: How to approach the Quran

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 module 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

Module 9: Skills and Training

Unit 1: Rules of Quran Recitation

Seminar 1: Orientalism and Islamic Studies

Seminar 2: Islamic Etiquettes

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, Orientalism and Islamic studies introduces students to the broader context of Islamic scholarship and brings into focus Western academic methods of historiography and critique.

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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 development of Orientalism and post-Orientalism

Intermediate Level Year 2

Modules Units Credits
Arabic Language
  • Unit 1: Applied Arabic
  • Unit 2: Arabic Grammar (Text: Qatr al-Nada)
  • Unit 3: Arabic Morphology (Text: Shaz al-‘Araf)
  • Tutorial: Applied Arabic Language and Literature
90
Hadith Studies
  • Unit 1: Study of Evidences of the Sunnah (Text: al-Ihkam)
  • Seminar 1: Muawatta and the Books of the Four Imams (text: Bustan al-Muhaddithin)
30
Quranic Studies
  • Unit 1: Study of Legal Verses (Text: Tafsir Ayat al-Ahkam)
  • Unit 2: Quranic Exegesis
  • Seminar 1: Coherence of the Quran
  • Seminar 2: Understanding the Application of Legal Verses
30
Islamic Law
  • Unit 1: Commercial Law (Text: Mukhtasar al-Quduri)
  • Seminar 1: Fiqh of Islamic Finance
30
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
  • Unit 1: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Text: Usul al-Shashi)
  • Seminar 1: Qiyas, Ijma’ and Ijtihad
  • Tutorial: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
30
History
  • Seminar 1: Sirah of the Prophet
  • Seminar 2: Lessons from the Sirah
  • Seminar 3: History of the Four Caliphs
  • Seminar 4: Umayyad Period
  • Seminar 5: History of Sufism
15
Islam and Society
  • Seminar 1: Islam, State, and Society
  • Seminar 2: History of Islam in Britain
  • Seminar 3: Jihad and Extremism
  • Seminar 4: Islam, Women’s Rights and Feminism
  • Seminar 5: Challenges of Modernity
15
Skills and Training
  • Unit 1: Rules of Quran Recitation
  • Seminar 1: Ethics of Disagreement
  • Workshop 1: Fiqh of Khutba and Art of Public Speaking
  • Workshop 2: How to Read a Book
  • Workshop 3: Time Management
  • Workshop 4: Dawah Training
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Intermediate Level Year 3

Modules Units Credits
Arabic Language
  • Unit 1: Applied Arabic
  • Unit 2: Pre-Islamic Poetry (Text: al-Muallaqat)
  • Unit 3: Arabic Rhetoric (Text: al-Balagah al-Wadiha)
  • Unit 4: Arabic Literature (Text: T. Hussain: Ala Hamish al-Sirah, A. Amin: Hayati)
  • Workshop 1: Arabic Rhetoric
  • Tutorial: Applied Arabic Language and Literature
90
Hadith Studies
  • Unit 1: Hadith Criticism and Fiqh Methodology of Malik (Text: al-Muwatta)
  • Seminar 1: How to do Takhrij
  • Seminar 2: Introduction to Sahih Muslim
30
Islamic Law
  • Unit 1: Comparative Islamic Law (Text: Bidayat al-Mujtahid)
  • Seminar 1: Introduction to Hanafi School of Thought
  • Seminar 2: Introduction to Maliki School of Thought
  • Seminar 3: Introduction to Shafi School of Thought
  • Seminar 4: Introduction to Hanbali School of Thought
  • Seminar 5: The Legal Position of Following a School of Thought
30
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
  • Unit 1: Legal Maxims (Text: Qawaid Faqiyyah)
  • Unit 2: Objectives of Islamic Law
  • Seminar 1: Critique of Maqasid al-Shariah (Text: Maqasid al-Shariah)
30
Quranic Studies
  • Unit 1: Study of Legal Verses (Text: Tafsir Ayat al-Ahkam)
  • Unit 2: Quranic Exegesis
  • Seminar 1: Coherence of the Quran
30
Principles of Quranic Exegesis
  • Unit 1: Principles of Quranic Exegesis (Text: al-Fawz al-Kabir)
  • Seminar 1: Critique of al-Fawz al-Kabir
30
History and Religion
  • Seminar 1: European Religious History: Medieval Period
  • Seminar 2: European Religious History: Middle Ages
  • Seminar 3: European Religious History: The Renaissance
  • Seminar 4: European Religious History: Age of Enlightenment
  • Seminar 5: European Religious History: Post-Enlightenment Period
  • Seminar 6: Introduction to World Religious History
15
Logic and Philosophy
  • Seminar 1: Introduction to Greek Logic
  • Seminar 2: Introduction to Philosophy
  • Seminar 3: Refutation of Greek Logic (Text: Radd ala al-Mantiqiyyin)
  • Seminar 4: Modern Logic and Philosophy
15
Skills and Training
  • Unit 1: Rules of Quran Recitation
  • Workshop 1: Imam and Leadership
  • Workshop 2: Islam and the Media
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Sacred Sciences Journey

The Sacred Sciences Journey is an exclusive ASI programme designed to enhance participants’ spiritual and intellectual development. Students will travel with Shaykh Akram Nadwi to visit and study under a number of scholars from around the globe; from Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey to the two Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. Exposure to different international scholars enables students to develop a truly global insight and collect a portfolio of ijazah from the leading scholars of our time. For instance, in April 2015 students performed ‘Umrah with the Shaykh and studied with some of the most highly respected scholars of hadith in the Hijaz; collecting many ijazahs and connecting with the senior ‘ulema from Makkah and Madinah al-Munawarah. In April 2016, the SSJ took students to North Africa to the heart of Maliki scholarship: Morocco.

In April 2017, students will spend 10 days on the journey covering an intensive syllabus and connecting with the scholars, both junior and senior. The time spent on the trip will be split into two: the first for beginners and introductory level students to benefit from the teachings and companionship of fellow students of knowledge. The second, for intermediate and advanced level students, to recite and visit various scholars and collect a portfolio of ijazahs during the journey. A minimum of 5 hours’ instruction will be offered on a daily basis. This incredible journey will allow students to participate in collecting different ijazahs and isnads from scholars, linking them to the scholarly traditions around the world.

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?

Contact admissions@alsalam.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 20 8090 1623.

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 2017-2018

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

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.
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.

Diploma in Classical Arabic and Islamic Studies[3 Years]

Application Deadline: Open

Status: We are accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year.

First day of term - 8th October 2017

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Intermediate Level

Islamic Scholarship Programme

Intermediate Level Overview

The Intermediate level in Classical Arabic and Islamic Disciplines is designed to enhance and build upon the modules studied in the Foundation level. Students will be educated in both classical and contemporary perspectives, thereby cultivating a comprehensive understanding of the religion in the modern era. The three-year course forms the second level of ASI’s six-year Alimiyyah Programme and can also be taken as an independent programme.

Students who successfully complete all three years of the Intermediate level (including written assignments and examinations) will be awarded a Diploma in Classical Arabic and Islamic Disciplines.


Qualification

Diploma in Classical Arabic and Islamic Studies

The Diploma in Advanced Arabic and Islamic Disciplines is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all three years of the Intermediate level of the Islamic Scholarship Programme.

A student’s aptitude is tested in the same manner as the Foundation level; a mixture of written assignments and examinations. The end of year exams will test the student’s material understanding and memorisation of the modules covered in each year as well as, in the case of the third year exams, their ability to convey it to others.

The Diploma signifies the extent of the student’s learning with ASI and will be awarded at the Al-Salam Institute Graduation Ceremony. A transcript will be provided as a record of their progress and a testament of their achievement. Academic references and letters of recommendation for employment or continuing education will be available on request. By the end of the level, students will be well-equipped to carry the message of Islam to their communities in the form of good conduct, da’wah, and social enterprise. They will also be eligible to apply for entry onto the Advanced level of the ISP – and to seek the shahada al-‘alimiyyah amongst some of the most devoted scholars and students of knowledge operating in the UK.

Course Structure

The programme is delivered by a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, all of which are streamed live and uploaded onto our Virtual Madrasah for students to review and revise at their own convenience. This level consists of eight mandatory modules, covering Arabic language extensively, as well as Islamic law, hadith, Quranic studies, and the principle sciences underpinning these disciplines. Students will also have the opportunity to further their studies by travelling abroad with the institute on the annual Sacred Science Journey and the 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 international scholars.


Teaching Delivery

Introduction

Our unique three-tier structure makes our Alimiyyah Degree 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. These three programmes together form the UK’s first part-time ‘Alimiyyah Degree taught exclusively in the English language.

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. Visits to graveyards or historical sites, or boot-camps in essential study skills are typical first-year workshops.

Seminars

Seminars develop your ability to think for yourself – an essential ability for academic success and perhaps the single most important skill that is developed by students at ASI. You will learn to present and defend your opinions, accept constructive criticism, and consolidate your lessons into a coherent and articulate perspective.

Term dates for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:

Autumn term: Sunday 8th October 2016 – Sunday 10th December 2016
Winter term: Sunday 7th January 2017 – Sunday 11th March 2017
Spring term: Sunday 15th April 2017 – Sunday 17th June 2017

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
Knowledge Retreat: 10 days abroad during term breaks (April 2018)
Residential: 7 days intensive teaching during summer holidays (August 2018)

Timetable for Core Lectures

Term 1     Term 2           Term 3   
Time Module
10am-11am Arabic Language Applied Arabic Applied Arabic Applied Arabic
11am-12pm Arabic Language Arabic Grammar Arabic Grammar Arabic Grammar
12pm-1pm Arabic Language Arabic Morphology Arabic Morphology Arabic Morphology
1pm-2pm LUNCH BREAK
2pm-3pm Hadith Studies al-Ihkam al-Ihkam al-Ihkam
3pm-4pm Islamic Law Family Law Judicial Law Inheritance Law
4pm-5pm Islamic Sciences Usul al-Fiqh Usul al-Hadith Usul al-Tafsir
5pm-6pm History and Theology Early Muslim Sects Aqida Contemporary Groups
 Online  Quranic Exegesis  Surah Yusuf  Surah Yusuf  Surah Yusuf
*Example Timetable for Year One (INT-1) **Timetable subject to change

Course Modules

Intermediate Level Year 1

Modules Units Credits
Arabic Language
  • Unit 1: Applied Arabic
  • Unit 2: Arabic Grammar (Text: Mabadi al-Nahw)
  • Unit 3: Arabic Morphology (Text: Mabadi al-Tasrif)
  • Tutorial: Applied Arabic Language and Literature
90
Hadith Studies
  • Unit 1: Study of Evidences of the Sunnah (Text: al-Ihkam)
  • Seminar: Index of the Major Hadith Collections (Text: Bustan al-Muhaddithin)
30
Islamic Law
  • Unit 1: Family Law (Text: Mukhtasar al-Quduri)
  • Unit 2: Inheritance Law (Text: al-Siraji)
  • Seminar 1: Marriage and Family Life
  • Seminar 2: Education and Entertainment
  • Seminar 3: Critique of al-Siraj fi al-Mirath (Text: al-Siraji)
  • Seminar 4: Medical Ethics
  • Workshop 1: Islamic Wills and Trusts
30
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
  • Unit 1: Applied Islamic Jurisprudence (Texts: al-Manar, Ilm Usul al-Fiqh)
  • Seminar: Critique of al-Waraqat (Text: al-Waraqat)
  • Tutorial: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
10
Principles of Prophetic Traditions
  • Unit 1: Applied Hadith Classification
  • Seminar: Critique of Nukhbat al-Fikr (Text: Nukhbat al-Fikr)
  • Tutorial: Principles of Prophetic Traditions
10
Principles of Quranic Exegesis
  • Unit 1: Applied Quranic Exegesis (Text: Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir)
  • Seminar: Critique of Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir (Text: al-Muqaddima)
  • Tutorial: Principles of Quranic Exegesis
10
History and Theology
  • Unit 1: History of Early Muslim Sects
  • Unit 2: History of Contemporary Muslim Groups
  • Unit 3: Theology and Beliefs (Text: Aqida al-Tahawiyya)
  • Seminar 1: History of Early Religious and Political Sects
  • Seminar 2: History of Political Islam and Contemporary Muslim Groups
  • Seminar 3: Critique of Aqida al-Tahawiyya (Text: Aqida al-Tahawiyya)
  • Workshop 1: Understanding Evolution
  • Workshop 2: Understanding Atheism
30
Quranic Studies
  • Unit 1: Quranic Exegesis
  • Seminar: How to approach the Quran
30
Skills and Training
  • Unit 1: Rules of Quran Recitation
  • Seminar 1: Orientalism and Islamic Studies
  • Seminar 2: Islamic Etiquettes (Text: Min Adab al-Islam)
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Module 1: Arabic Language

Unit 1: Applied Arabic

Unit 2: Arabic Grammar

Unit 3: Arabic Morphology

Tutorials: Applied Arabic Language and Literature

Overview

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 increase their usage and understanding of the language through the systematic study of classical and contemporary works.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in spoken and written forms of Arabic
  • Demonstrate intermediate knowledge of the varying grammatical morphology
  • Demonstrate intermediate understanding of the different scales of Arabic verbs
  • Differentiate and apply gender, number and form structures to verbs
  • Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and comprehension skills

Module 2: Hadith Studies

Unit 1: Study of Evidences of the Sunnah

Seminar: Index of the Major Hadith Collections

Overview

The Study of Evidences of the Sunnah is the study of the hadith of ahkam (rulings). It is a sub-genre of hadith studies and encompasses the 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.)

Primary Text

Al-Ihkam

About the Text

The full name of the text is: Al-Ihkam li al-Mujma’ ‘alayhi min Ahadith al-Ahkam. This anthology is a collection of the hadith narrations pertaining to legal rulings agreed upon by the Four Schools of Thought. The text is unique in that it draws solely upon the hadith narrations agreed upon by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim, enabling students to study a definite collection of evidences in a non-biased and impartial manner. The wordings used for these hadith are those that are found in Sahih al-Bukhari.

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About the Author

Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a world-renowned scholar of Indian origin, who has resided in England for an extensive time. After receiving in-depth training to an advanced level in the traditional Islamic disciplines at Nadwat al-Ulama, Lucknow, India, and receiving a PhD in Arabic literature from Lucknow University, he became a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, where he conducted research for a number of years (including topics of Hadith and Sufi orders in India).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Confidently recall 197 ahadith pertaining to different legal positions
  • Recognise the different types of hadith that can be used as evidences
  • Understand the established legal verdicts flowing from agreed upon hadith narrations
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the agreed upon evidences of the sunnah

Module 3: Islamic Law

Unit 1: Family Law

Unit 2: Inheritance Law

Seminar 1: Marriage and Family Life

Seminar 2: Education and Entertainment

Seminar 3: Critique of al-Siraj fi al-Mirath

Seminar 4: Medical Ethics

Workshop 1: Islamic Wills and Trusts

Overview

This module covers the second third of Mukhtasar al-Quduri, beginning with the Islamic law of Marriage and Divorce and ending with the chapters on Inheritance. As the text contains only a brief overview to the laws of inheritance, students will study this area in-depth from al-Siraji fi al-Mirath, a tract specific to Inheritance laws in the Hanafi School of Thought.

Primary Text

Mukhtasar al-Quduri al-Siraj fi al-Mirath

About the Texts

Mukhtasar al-Quduri is one of the most celebrated and influential treatises in any Islamic legal school and is the foundation for the Hanafi School of law. It is both the first source for scholars and a manual for the general reader.

Al-Siraji is a famous treatise on the law of Inheritance based on the Hanafi madhab. The text covers the legal rulings and respective rights in the estate of the deceased. In addition, the text covers what constitutes a valid Islamic will and the legal impediments to inheritance.

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About the Author

The Hanafi jurist Abul-Husayn al-Quduri, was born in Baghdad in 362 A.H. / 973 C.E. and died on Sunday 5th Rajab 428 A.H. /1037 C.E. aged 66.

The author of al-Siraji was Hafiz al-Din Abu al-Barakat Abdullah ibn Ahmad ibn Mahmud al-Nasafi (better known simply as Imam Nasafi). He was born in the town of Nakhshab and was a prolific writer, having authored a number of commentaries and original works. He passed away in the year 710 or 711 A.H.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Understand the Islamic law related to marriage, divorce, and inheritance
  • Cite textual evidences for established legal rulings
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of Hanafi School of law
  • Appreciate the differences of opinion existing in other Schools

Module 4: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Unit 1: Applied Islamic Jurisprudence

Seminar: Critique of al-Waraqat

Tutorial: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Overview

The study of Usul al-Fiqh is the study of the historical development of Islamic jurisprudence. 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.

Primary Text

Ilm Usul al-Fiqh

About the Text

Ilm Usul al-Fiqh was written by one of the pioneers in contemporary juristic studies, Shaykh Abdul Wahhab Khallaf (d.1375 A.H.). The text is counted amongst the contemporary works that make Islamic jurisprudence and legal theory accessible to the modern reader.

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About the Author

Shaykh Abdul Wahab Khallaf has written many compilations on Islamic Law and Islamic legal theory and is an Imam in the Arabic language, constitutional law, and Islamic jurisprudence. He was born in Egypt and memorised the Quran by the age of 12. He completed his studies under many scholars and graduated from al-Azhar University. He was later appointed as professor at Cairo University where he served until his retirement, though he continued to teach through illness and old age until he died in 1375 A.H. /1956 C.E.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Understand the historic, social and religious development of Usul al-Fiqh
  • Apply traditional Usul al-Fiqh to the modern era
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the understanding of the methodology of Islamic law-making
  • Analyse the arguments and propositions used in legal rulings (fataawa) and gaining insight as to their relative merit
  • Understand the origins of the differences in the Schools of Islamic Law

Module 5: Principles of Prophetic Traditions

Unit 1: Applied Hadith Classification

Seminar: Critique of Nukhbat al-Fikr

Tutorial: Principles of Prophetic Traditions

Overview

This module will build upon the principles of prophetic traditions taught in the Foundation level. Students will apply the terminology, classification methods, and tools of authenticity to analyse the veracity of specific hadith narrations. The biographies of major hadith narrators will be evaluated as well as the relative strengths and weaknesses of the collective communities of hadith scholars in the early generations of Islam.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Describe the difference between hadith and Sunnah
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different phases in the collating of hadith literature in the first three centuries of Islam
  • Evaluate the methods used to classify hadith
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the hadith types and their definitions
  • Differentiate between the levels of authenticity of hadith narrations

Module 6: Principles of Quranic Exegesis

Unit 1: Applied Quranic Exegesis

Seminar: Critique of Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir

Tutorial: Principles of Quranic Exegesis

Overview

This module builds upon the theory of Quranic Exegesis taught in the Foundation level and intends to convey to students the exegetical tools that can be employed to understand what the Almighty is communicating to them through His Book, and what He expects them to do.  At the same time, students will learn the different ways in which the Quran can be misinterpreted, and how to remain faithful to the text by following the Prophetic teachings and the way of the early Muslims.

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Primary Text

Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir

About the Text

This work, authored by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, sets out the proper principles to be utilised in interpreting the Quran. Emphasis is placed on the fact that the reader of the Quran should always keep in mind who the Speaker is and who it is spoken to. It has proven to be a unique treatise in that, despite its conciseness, this introduction has been quoted by Quranic scholars from the earliest times like Ibn Kathir and Al-Suyuti unto the present day.

About the Author

Taqi al-Din Ahmad ibn Abd al-Halim (more commonly known simply as Ibn Taymiyyah was born into a family of reputable Hanbali scholars in Harran in modern day Turkey in 661 A.H. / 1263 C.E.  He left a lasting legacy on Islamic reformation, and was teacher to the likes of Imams Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, Ibn Kathir, Al-Dhahabi, Al-Mizzi and Ibn Daqiq al-‘Id. He wrote profusely on a range of subjects before he passed away in 728 A.H. / 1328 C.E.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Understand how the Quran is best explained by the Quran
  • Understand how the Prophet (SAW) explained the Quran
  • Understand how the Companions and their successors explained the Quran
  • Recognise different sources of Tafsir
  • Understand why there are differences in Tafsir
  • Recognise ideological and sectarian bias in Tafsir works
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of Tafsir based on Reason
  • Consider whether new hermeneutical methods are useful in interpreting the Quran

Module 7: History and Theology

Unit 1: History of Early Muslim Sects

Unit 2: History of Contemporary Muslim Groups

Unit 3: Theology and Beliefs

Seminar 1: History of Early Religious and Political Sects

Seminar 2: History of Political Islam and Contemporary Muslim Groups

Seminar 3: Critique of Aqida al-Tahawiyya

Workshop 1: Understanding Evolution

Workshop 1: Understanding Atheism

Overview

This module will introduce students to the most important political and theological groupings in the formative period of Islam, from the period following the murder of the third caliph, ʿUthman, until approximately the middle of the 4th/10th century. By studying these sects in the context of their time, as well as in interaction with one another, students will gain a greater understanding of the reasons for the formation of the theological schools considered orthodox in Sunni Islam. In addition, students will cover in-depth the contemporary religious groups of the modern era as well as the tract which details the “aqida for non-sectarian people”: Aqida al-Tahawiyya.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Appreciate the diversity of politico-theological opinion in the formative period and its relationship to historical events
  • Understand the development of different Muslim sects and theological schools from a critical historical perspective
  • Analyse the way in which different theological views have influenced each other
  • Gain critical appreciation of theological labels such as Ahl al-Sunna, Shia and Muʿtazila in the light of their genesis
  • Demonstrate a profound understanding of contemporary Muslim groups in the modern era

Module 8: Quranic Studies

Unit 1: Quranic Exegesis

Seminar: How to approach the Quran

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 module 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

Module 9: Skills and Training

Unit 1: Rules of Quran Recitation

Seminar 1: Orientalism and Islamic Studies

Seminar 2: Islamic Etiquettes

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, Orientalism and Islamic studies introduces students to the broader context of Islamic scholarship and brings into focus Western academic methods of historiography and critique.

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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 development of Orientalism and post-Orientalism

Intermediate Level Year 2

Modules Units Credits
Arabic Language
  • Unit 1: Applied Arabic
  • Unit 2: Arabic Grammar (Text: Qatr al-Nada)
  • Unit 3: Arabic Morphology (Text: Shaz al-‘Araf)
  • Tutorial: Applied Arabic Language and Literature
90
Hadith Studies
  • Unit 1: Study of Evidences of the Sunnah (Text: al-Ihkam)
  • Seminar 1: Muawatta and the Books of the Four Imams (Text: Bustan al-Muhaddithin)
30
Quranic Studies
  • Unit 1: Study of Legal Verses (Text: Tafsir Ayat al-Ahkam)
  • Unit 2: Quranic Exegesis
  • Seminar 1: Coherence of the Quran
  • Seminar 2: Understanding the Application of Legal Verses
30
Islamic Law
  • Unit 1: Commercial Law (Text: Mukhtasar al-Quduri)
  • Seminar 1: Fiqh of Islamic Finance
30
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
  • Unit 1: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Text: Usul al-Shashi)
  • Seminar 1: Qiyas, Ijma’ and Ijtihad
  • Tutorial: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
30
History
  • Seminar 1: Sirah of the Prophet
  • Seminar 2: Lessons from the Sirah
  • Seminar 3: History of the Four Caliphs
  • Seminar 4: Umayyad Period
  • Seminar 5: History of Sufism
15
Islam and Society
  • Seminar 1: Islam, State, and Society
  • Seminar 2: History of Islam in Britain
  • Seminar 3: Jihad and Extremism
  • Seminar 4: Islam, Women’s Rights and Feminism
  • Seminar 5: Challenges of Modernity
15
Skills and Training
  • Unit 1: Rules of Quran Recitation
  • Seminar 1: Ethics of Disagreement
  • Workshop 1: Fiqh of Khutba and Art of Public Speaking
  • Workshop 2: How to Read a Book
  • Workshop 3: Time Management
  • Workshop 4: Dawah Training
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Intermediate Level Year 3

Modules Units Credits
Arabic Language
  • Unit 1: Applied Arabic
  • Unit 2: Pre-Islamic Poetry (al-Muallaqat)
  • Unit 3: Arabic Rhetoric (Text: al-Balagah al-Wadiha)
  • Unit 4: Arabic Literature (Text: T. Hussain: Ala Hamish al-Sirah, A Amin: Hayati)
  • Workshop 1: Arabic Rhetoric
  • Tutorial: Applied Arabic Language and Literature
90
Hadith Studies
  • Unit 1: Hadith Criticism and Fiqh Methodology of Malik (Text: al-Muwatta)
  • Seminar 1: How to do Takhrij
  • Seminar 2: Introduction to Sahih Muslim
30
Islamic Law
  • Unit 1: Comparative Islamic Law (Text: Bidayat al-Mujtahid)
  • Seminar 1: Introduction to Hanafi School of Thought
  • Seminar 2: Introduction to Maliki School of Thought
  • Seminar 3: Introduction to Shafi School of Thought
  • Seminar 4: Introduction to Hanbali School of Thought
  • Seminar 5: The Legal Position of Following a School of Thought
30
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
  • Unit 1: Legal Maxims (Text: Qawaid Faqiyyah)
  • Unit 2: Objectives of Islamic Law
  • Seminar 1: Critique of Maqasid al-Shariah (Text: Maqasid al-Shariah)
30
Quranic Studies
  • Unit 1: Study of Legal Verses (Text: Tafsir Ayat al-Ahkam)
  • Unit 2: Quranic Exegesis
  • Seminar 1: Coherence of the Quran
30
Principles of Quranic Exegesis
  • Unit 1: Principles of Quranic Exegesis (Text: al-Fawz al-Kabir)
  • Seminar 1: Critique of al-Fawz al-Kabir
30
History and Religion
  • Seminar 1: European Religious History: Medieval Period
  • Seminar 2: European Religious History: Middle Ages
  • Seminar 3: European Religious History: The Renaissance
  • Seminar 4: European Religious History: Age of Enlightenment
  • Seminar 5: European Religious History: Post-Enlightenment Period
  • Seminar 6: Introduction to World Religious History
15
Logic and Philosophy
  • Seminar 1: Introduction to Greek Logic
  • Seminar 2: Introduction to Philosophy
  • Seminar 3: Refutation of Greek Logic (Text: Radd ala al-Mantiqiyyin)
  • Seminar 4: Modern Logic and Philosophy
15
Skills and Training
  • Unit 1: Rules of Quran Recitation
  • Workshop 1: Imam and Leadership
  • Workshop 2: Islam and the Media
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Sacred Science Journey

The Sacred Sciences Journey is an exclusive ASI programme designed to enhance participants’ spiritual and intellectual development. Students will travel with Shaykh Akram Nadwi to visit and study under a number of scholars from around the globe; from Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey to the two Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. Exposure to different international scholars enables students to develop a truly global insight and collect a portfolio of ijazah from the leading scholars of our time. For instance, in April 2015 students performed ‘Umrah with the Shaykh and studied with some of the most highly respected scholars of hadith in the Hijaz; collecting many ijazahs and connecting with the senior ‘ulema from Mecca and Madinah al-Munawarah. In April 2016, the SSJ took students to North Africa to the heart of Maliki scholarship: Morocco.

In April 2017, students will spend 10 days on the journey covering an intensive syllabus and connecting with the scholars, both junior and senior. The time spent on the trip will be split into two: the first for beginners and introductory level students to benefit from the teachings and companionship of fellow students of knowledge. The second, for intermediate and advanced level students, to recite and visit various scholars and collect a portfolio of ijazahs during the journey. A minimum of 5 hours’ instruction will be offered on a daily basis. This incredible journey will allow students to participate in collecting different ijazahs and isnads from scholars, linking them to the scholarly traditions around the world.

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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?

Contact admissions@alsalam.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 20 8090 1623.

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 2017-2018

 

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

Onsite: Onsite students are those who choose to attend the lectures on Sundays in London. The benefit of attending onsite enables students to study directly from the teachers and benefit from the environment. Onsite students also have access to recordings of all lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials a few days after the lesson is delivered.
Online: This option allows students who are outside of London or can not travel to London on a weekly basis to watch the classes live online. The classes are of high-quality and are interactive; students can fully participate in the class discussions.

Course Statistics for 2015 Entry:

– Total number of students: 263
– Student attainment: 96%
– Would recommend: 98%

More Information:

Application Deadline: Open

Status: We are accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year.

First day of term - 8th October 2017

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“Al-Salam Institute is an excellent institute that provides an exceptional teaching experience, they take into consideration everyone’s needs and requirements and help to keep studying the main focus, in order to develop the next generation of professional scholars.”

Kauser Choudhury

Foundation Level ISP Student

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