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Quranic Contexts: Asbab al-Nuzul

Quranic Contexts: Asbab al-Nuzul

This one-day short course taught by Shaykh Akram Nadwi will explore some of the various perspectives and approaches to ‘Asbab al-Nuzul’, the contexts of revelation of the Quran. Shaykh Akram will compare and contrast traditionally held opinions with those of Maulana...

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Muqaddimah of ibn al-Salah

Muqaddimah of ibn al-Salah

Kitab Ma’rifat anwa’ Ilm al-Hadith, better known as the Muqaddimah of Ibn al-Salah, is a well-known intermediate level text on the science of Usul al-hadith. For students familiar with the Arabic language and have covered beginners texts in hadith methodology, this...

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Modern science seeks power, not wisdom

Modern science seeks power, not wisdom

Modern science is dedicated to explaining events and processes in the natural world, most of the time by means of some degree of mastery of the chain of the causes and effects that lead to specific events and processes. The problem with this approach is two-fold....

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Over-definition of legal concepts

Over-definition of legal concepts

Many scholars infer from instances of Qur’anic or Prophetic ruling, what they think is the common or universal principle which governs these rulings. For example, the notion that ‘the state of woman is covering’ is derived from specific rulings about how Muslim women...

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Tafsir Series

Tafsir Series

As a continuation of our previous tafsir series, this course will be held over three months with Shaykh Akram Nadwi. Two important chapters (surahs) of the Quran will be studied with theological, legal and spiritual emphases.

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Questions about the Dictionary of women scholars

Questions about the Dictionary of women scholars

The two questions put to me since the publication of the full Dictionary are:1- Among the entries in the book, how many women are narrators of hadith and how many are scholars of hadith, muhaddithat? Why are they not distinguished?2- What is the total number of women narrators and scholars of hadith?

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Three questions related to the on-going pandemic

Three questions related to the on-going pandemic

Being vaccinated while fasting. Women attending funeral prayers. Women visiting graves. The three questions I have just responded to do have something in common. Behind each of them is a worry that, because someone somewhere at some time may abuse a permission…

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