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Intermediate Level

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. Students are able to enter the programme at this level directly, conditional on the receipt of satisfactory references and Islamic education history.

Students who successfully complete 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 Disciplines

The Diploma in Classical Arabic and Islamic Disciplines is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the Intermediate Level.

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 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.

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 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:
10 days abroad during term breaks (April 2019)

Timetable for Core Lectures

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Time
Module
10am-11am
Arabic
Pre-Islamic Poetry
Pre-Islamic Poetry
Pre-Islamic Poetry
11am-12pm
Arabic
Rhetoric
Rhetoric
Rhetoric
12pm-1pm
Hadith
Al-Ihkam
Al-Ihkam
Al-Ihkam
1pm-2pm
LUNCH BREAK
2pm-3pm
Usul al-Fiqh
Usul al-Shashi
Usul al-Shashi
Usul al-Shashi
3pm-4pm
Theology
Aqida
Early Muslim Sects
Contemporary Muslim Groups
4pm-5pm
Islamic Law
Family Law
Inheritance Law
Commercial Law
5pm-6pm
Quranic Exegesis
Juz Amma
Juz Amma
Juz Amma

Provisional timetable subject to confirmation.

Overview

MODULES
UNITS
CREDITS
Arabic Language
  • Unit 1: Pre-Islamic Poetry
  • Unit 2: Rhetoric
  • Tutorial: Applied Arabic Language and Literature
60
Hadith Studies
  • Unit 1: Hadith Analysis (Text: Al-Ihkam)
  • Seminar 1: Al-Muwatta and the Books of the Four Imams (Text: Bustan al-Muhaddithin)
30
Islamic Law
  • Unit 1: Family Law (Text: Mukhtasar al-Quduri)
  • Unit 2: Inheritance Law (Text: Al-Siraj)
  • Unit 3: Commercial Law (Text: Mukhtasar al-Quduri)
  • Seminar 1: Marriage and Family Life
  • Seminar 2: Education and Entertainment
  • Seminar 3: Islamic Finance
30
Quranic Studies
  • Unit 1: Quranic Exegesis
  • Seminar 1: Exegesis of The Last Ten Surahs
  • Seminar 2: Coherence of the Quran
30
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
  • Unit 1: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Text: Usul al-Shashi)
30
History and Theology
  • Unit 1: Aqida (Text: Aqida al-Tahawiyya)
  • Unit 2: History of Early Muslim Sects
  • Unit 3: History of Contemporary Muslim Groups
  • Seminar 1: History of Early Muslim Sects
  • Seminar 2: Sira of the Prophet
  • Seminar 3: History of the Four Caliphs
  • Seminar 4: Umayyad Period
  • Seminar 5: History of Sufism
30
Skills and Training
  • Unit 1: Rules of Quran Recitation
  • Unit 2: Art of Quran Recitation
  • Seminar 1: Etiquettes of a Student
  • Seminar 2: Academic Writing and Research Methodology
AUX

 

Arabic Language

Unit 1:
Pre-Islamic Poetry
Unit 2:
Rhetoric

Overview

In the Arabic Language module students will study the language of pre-Islamic Arabia to ensure that they complete the programme with full competence to access the earliest sources of Islam directly. Critical analysis of classical poems will provide a deep insight into the essence of the language, whilst studies of eloquence and rhetoric will provide students with an understanding of the linguistic features of different classical texts.

Primary Text

Various

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:
• Communicate fluently in spoken and written forms of Arabic
• Demonstrate intermediate knowledge of the varying grammatical and morphological constructs
• Demonstrate proficiency in the different forms of Arabic verbs
• Differentiate and apply gender, number and form structures to verbs
• Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and comprehension skills

Hadith Studies

Unit 1:
Study of Evidences of the Sunnah
Seminar 1:
Index of the Major Hadith Collections

Overview

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

Primary Text

Al-Ihkam

About the Text

The full title 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 an unbiased and impartial manner. The wordings used for these hadith are those that are found in Sahih al-Bukhari.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
• Confidently recall 197 ahadith pertaining to different legal positions
• Recognise the different kinds 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.

Islamic Law

Unit 1:
Family Law
Unit 2:
Inheritance Law
Unit 3:
Commercial Law
Seminar 1:
Marriage and Family Life
Seminar 2:
Education and Entertainment
Seminar 3:
Islamic Finance

Overview

This module covers the the Islamic law of marriage and divorce, as well as inheritance, and 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. Students will study Inheritance law in-depth from al-Siraj fi al-Mirath, a treatise specific to inheritance laws in the Hanafi school of thought.

Primary Texts

Mukhtasar al-Quduri
Al-Siraj fi al-Mirath

About the Text

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-Siraj is a famous treatise on the law of inheritance based on the Hanafi madhhab. 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.

About the Author

The author of Mukhtasar al-Quduri, 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. Ibn Khallikan, Ibn Kathir, Ibn al-Jawzi (and others) considered him to be an utterly truthful hadith narrator (saduq) – which is a testament to his knowledge and memory in the field of hadith studies. He was one of the verifiers of the most authentic positions (ashab al-tarjih) in the Hanafi School of law, which is one of the highest levels one can attain.

The author of al-Siraj was Hafiz al-Din Abu al-Barakat ‘Abd Allah ibn Ahmad ibn Mahmud al-Nasafi, widely known 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 710-711AH.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
• Understand Islamic laws related to marriage, divorce and inheritance
• Understand the operations of the modern banking institutions and Islamic financial instruments
• Cite textual evidences for established legal rulings
• Demonstrate a good understanding of the Hanafi school of law
• Appreciate the differences of opinion existing in other schools

Quranic Studies

Unit 1:
Quranic Exegesis
Seminar 1:
Exegesis of the Last Ten Surahs
Seminar 2:
Coherence of 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 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

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Unit 1:
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Overview

The study of usul al-fiqh is the study of the principles underlying legal rulings. At this level the students are to become familiar with the historical, 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 teaching will not address the identification of the sources of Islamic law but rather how they have been used by Imams and how they are used in the practice of ijtihad to form clear and delineated schools of thought.

Primary Text

Usul al-Shashi

About the Text

Usul al-Shashi is a well-known compendium on the principles of Islamic jurisprudence according to the Hanafi school. Despite its brevity and conciseness, the text is fit for a full, detailed study as it clearly articulates the position of the school, rather than the views and opinions of particular notable jurists.

About the Author

There are detailed discussions pertaining to the true author of Usul al-Shashi. The text has been recently published twice under the names of two different fourth century Hanafi jurists (Abu Ali Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Shashi (d. 344AH/955CE) and Abu Ya’qub Ishaq ibn Ibrahim al-Shashi (d. 325AH/936CE). Due to references within the text and some of the terminology used, which did not become commonplace until the 7th and 8th centuries, commentators have also attributed the text to later Hanafi jurists such as Badr al-Din al-Shashi al-Shirwani and Nizam al-Din al-Shashi.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
• Demonstrate considerable understanding of the development of usul al-fiqh
• Apply traditional usul al-fiqh to the modern era
• Demonstrate proficiency in the understanding of the methodology of Islamic lawmaking
• Confidently recall the position of the Hanafi school of thought on different usuli principles
• Understand the origins of the differences in the schools of Islamic law

Theology and History

Unit 1:
Aqida
Unit 2:
History of Early Muslim Sects
Unit 3:
History of Contemporary Muslim Groups
Seminar:
History of Early Religious and Political Sects

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, ‘Uthman, until approximately the middle of the 4th/10th century. By studying these sects in the context of their time, as well as their interaction with one another, students will gain a deeper insight into 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 “‘aqidah for non-sectarian people”: ‘Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah.

Primary Text

Various

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
• Appreciate the diversity of political and theological opinion in the formative period of Islam and its relationship with 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-Sunnah, Shia and Mu’tazila in the light of their genesis
• Demonstrate a profound understanding of contemporary Muslim groups in the modern era

Skills and Training

Unit 1:
Rules of Quran Recitation
Unit 2:
Art of Quran Recitation
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

Overview

MODULES
UNITS
CREDITS
Arabic Language
  • Unit 1: Arabic Literature
  • Tutorial: Applied Arabic Language and Literature
60
Hadith Studies
  • Unit 1: Hadith Criticism and Fiqh Methodology of Malik
30
Islamic Law
  • Unit 1: Comparative Law (Text: Bidayat al-Mujtahid)
  • Unit 2: Islamic Finance
  • Seminar 1: The Legal Position of Following a School of Thought
30
Quranic Studies
  • Unit 1: Study of Legal Verses (Tafsir Ayat al-Ahkam)
  • Unit 2: Quranic Exegesis
  • Seminar 1: Exegesis of The Last Ten Surahs
30
Principles of Quranic Exegesis
  • Unit 1: Principles of Quranic Exegesis (Text: Al-Muqaddima fi Usul al-Tafsir)
30
Principles of Islamic Law
  • Unit 1: Objectives of Islamic Law
30
Skills and Training
  • Seminar 1: Etiquettes of a Student
  • Seminar 2: Academic Writing and Research Methodology
AUX

Arabic Language

Unit 1:
Arabic Literature

Overview

In the Arabic Language module students will study the language of pre-Islamic Arabia to ensure that they complete the programme with full competence to access the earliest sources of Islam directly. Critical analysis of classical poems will provide a deep insight into the essence of the language, whilst studies of eloquence and rhetoric will provide students with an understanding of the linguistic features of different classical texts.

Primary Text

Various

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:
• Communicate fluently in spoken and written forms of Arabic
• Demonstrate intermediate knowledge of the varying grammatical and morphological constructs
• Demonstrate proficiency in the different forms of Arabic verbs
• Differentiate and apply gender, number and form structures to verbs
• Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and comprehension skills

Hadith Studies

Unit 1:
Hadith Methodology and Fiqh Methodology of Malik

Overview

The module on al-Muwatta will highlight the methodology used by Imam Malik in extracting the narrations for his collection, as well as his methodology for understanding Islamic law and theology. Students will cover those occasions in which there are disagreements with the strength of a certain hadith, or a certain hadith narrator, as well of the consistency with which Imam Malik applies his methodology. Moreover, the criticisms of masters like Ibn Abi Dhibb, al-Daraqutni and others against some of the narrations included in the text will be fully discussed.

Primary Text

Al-Muwatta

About the Text

The Muwatta is undoubtedly one of the most important books in Islam. It is reported that Imam al-Shafi’i said, ‘There is not a single book on the face of the earth, after the Book of Allah, which is more authentic than the book of Malik’. It is the origin of the other books of hadith, as it is the first that compiled hadith narrations in a systematic manner. The narrations were to be used as a manual of Islamic law and mannerisms, and this is the model which was further developed by Imams al-Bukhari,  Muslim and others.

About the Author

Malik ibn Anas ibn Malik ibn Abi ‘Amir al-Asbahi, most commonly known as Imam Malik, was born in 93AH/711 CE and died in 179AH/795CE. It is widely thought that he is the scholar that the Messenger of Allah prophesised in the narration of al-Tirmidhi, and that he was the only one of the four preeminent imams who was considered an Imam in both fiqh and hadith,  accepted by both legal jurists and the scholars of hadith. Imam al-Bukhari and others included him in their ‘Golden Chain of Narration’: Malik from Nafi’ from Abdullah ibn Umar from the Messenger of Allah.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
• Analyse and evaluate certain texts of hadith
• Understand and define certain obscure words or difficult phrases found within the text
• Demonstrate proficiency in understanding the methodological reasoning of Imam Malik
• Recognise common chains of narration in the Muwatta and gauge their authenticity

Islamic Law

Unit 1:
Comparative Islamic Law
Unit 2:
Islamic Finance
Seminar 1:
Islamic Finance

Overview

This module on comparative Islamic law aims to develop students’ understanding of the major schools in the Islamic legal tradition. Building upon years of in-depth study on the Hanafi school of law, students will be introduced to the different jurisprudential methodologies employed in the other schools, such as the Maliki, Hanafi, Shafi’i, Hanbali and Zahiri schools.

Primary Texts

Bidayat al-Mujtahid

About the Text

The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer (Bidayat al-Mujtahid wa Nihayat al-Muqtasid) is widely considered one of the most  authoritative texts on comparative Islamic jurisprudence. This two-volume primer presents a critical analysis of the rulings, opinions and evidences of the well-known schools of Islamic law: Maliki, Hanafi, Shafi’i, Hanbali and Zahiri. In evaluating the derivation of laws from these schools, the author intends to provide guidance for the independent jurist, mujtahid, who must address the legal issues of the age on which the legislation remains silent.

About the Author

Abul Walid Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Rushd, better known simply as Ibn Rushd or Averroes, was born into a family of jurists in Al-Andalus in 520AH/1126CE. A distinguished jurist of the Maliki School, he wrote many tracts on Maliki jurisprudence, as well as on logic, philosophy and the secular sciences of the medieval era. He was appointed physician to the court of the Caliph Abu Yaqub Yusuf in 1182 CE where he continued to serve until shortly before his death in 594AH/1198CE.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
• Demonstrate a profound understanding of the different methodological approaches of the well-known schools of law
• Understand how legal precedent operates in the Islamic courts of justice
• Understand the different techniques employed in the interpretation and formulation of Islamic law
• Appreciate the differing juristic tools employed in the derivation of Islamic law from authentic sources

Quranic Studies

Unit 1:
Study of Legal Verses
Unit 2:
Quranic Exegesis

Overview

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.

Primary Text

Tafsir Ayat al-Ahkam

About the Text

The text, entitled Rawa’i al-Bayan fi Tafsir Ayat al-Ahkam, is an exegetical work written by Shaykh Muhammad Ali al-Sabuni on the verses of legislature in the Quran. The purpose of the text, similar to other works in the genre of Ahkam al-Quran, is to assist in the derivation of the laws of the Shari’ah from Quranic verses.

About the Author

Shaykh Muhammad Ali al-Sabuni was born in the city of Aleppo, Syria in 1930CE. He was born into a learned family and began his religious instruction at a young age under the tutelage of his father, Shaykh Jamil. He graduated from the Faculty of Shari’ah at Al-Ahzar University in 1952CE and, after returning to Aleppo to teach for a number of years, was appointed as lecturer at the universities of Umm al-Qura and King Abdul Aziz, both in Makkah.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
• Demonstrate proficiency in citing the textual evidences for legal rulings
• Confidently recall Quranic verses in support of legal positions
• Demonstrate proficiency in the areas of consensus amongst the four schools of thought
• Appreciate the different juristic methodologies in Quran interpretation and Islamic lawmaking

Principles of Quranic Exegesis

Unit 1:
Principles of Quranic Exegesis

Overview

This module builds upon the Principles of Quranic Exegesis taught in the Foundation Level. It intends to convey to students
the exegetical tools that can be employed when attempting to understand what God is communicating to them through His Book, as well as what He expects from them. 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 Prophetic teachings and the way of the early Muslims.

Primary Text

Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir

About the Text

This work, authored by Shaykh Taqi al-Din 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 being spoken to. It has proven to be a unique treatise in that, despite its conciseness, this introduction has been quoted by
Quranic scholars, including the likes Ibn Kathir and Al-Suyuti unto the present day.

About the Author

Taqi al-Din Ahmad ibn Abd al-Halim, best known simply as Ibn Taymiyyah, was born into a family of reputable Hanbali scholars in Harran, in modern day Turkey, in 661 AH/1263CE. 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 728AH/1328CE.

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, peace and blessings be upon him, 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

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Unit 1:
Objectives of Islamic Law

Overview

In this module on the Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, students will cover the wider objectives of the Shari’ah as a whole, with regards to its wisdoms, values and guidance. The science of legal maxims and the objectives of Islamic law will be critically evaluated so as to determine their usage in the deliberations of Islamic jurists, as well as their application in the modern era. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and reconciling the different objectives proffered by leading Islamic thinkers throughout the course of history.

Primary Text

Various

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
• Understand the nuances of the science of legal maxims
• Appreciate the development of the maxims of Islamic law in relation to the development of the law itself
• Demonstrate an incisive understanding of normative legal maxims
• Recognise the application of legal maxims in contemporary issues
• Understand the general and specific objectives of Islamic law
• Appreciate the prioritisation of Islamic legal injunctions

Skills and Training

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. 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.

Primary Texts

Various

Learning Outcomes

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