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Alimiyyah Degree in Arabic & Islamic Studies

2-Year Intensive Residential Programme

The Alimiyyah Degree programme is a 2 year residential course developed by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, based on decades of research and teaching students in the UK. It is designed to develop critical thinking and a deep understanding of the primary sources of Islam, empowering students to bring this understanding to bear on contemporary issues facing them in society. To deliver this course we have Shaykh Akram, alongside a range of teachers who have excelled both at Islamic institutions of learning and in mainstream university education.

We recognise that many people wish to study the Islamic sciences but are unable to commit to several years of full time education. The Alimiyyah Degree programme has been designed with this in mind; through 2 years of intensive study students will be equipped with the tools necessary to become an Islamic scholar, or ‘Alim’. These individuals will ideally have completed, or at least obtained a place on, a bachelors programme at any accredited university. Through this we hope to develop Ulama who are active in various roles in society: professionals, academics, business-people, community activists and many more.

In a historic moment last year, we welcomed our first batch of 10 students onto the Alimiyyah Degree programme. We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for 2019.

Join us for our Open Day on 14th April 2019

Application Deadline: 1st May 2019

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Dates

First Academic Year: September 2019 – July 2020
Second Academic Year: September 2020 – July 2021
Duration 2 Years

Prerequisites
  1. Arabic Language – GCE A Level or equivalent standard.
  2. Arabic Grammar – Sharh Qatr al-Nada or equivalent book
  3. Arabic Morphology – Shadha al-’Arf or equivalent book
  4. Fiqh – Mukhtasar al-Quduri or equivalent book (Fiqh primer from any Madhab is acceptable)
  5. Hadith – Bulugh al-Maram or equivalent book.
  6. Hadith – Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi or equivalent.
  7. An accredited undergraduate degree from any University (we will also accept students that have been accepted onto a University course, but want to defer their place) or clear evidence of writing and learning capabilities equivalent to graduate level

If you are missing some of these pre-requisites, our Arabic Immersion Programme and our Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies will help achieve this.

Fees
Fees will be calculated according to the students financial needs, which will be assessed in stage 2 of the application.
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Please note that this course does not award a university bachelor’s degree. It awards a ‘alimiyyah degree which is independently awarded by Islamic colleges and seminaries in UK and rest of the world.

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The core aims of the teaching programme are:

  • to give students the necessary skills in reading and using both classical and modern Arabic.  Without these skills they cannot expect to access the vast treasury of Islamic thought and culture, still less to benefit by interrogating it critically. Even now Arabic remains the common language among Islamic scholars from different parts of the world and is therefore essential for the exchange of perspectives and experiences.
  • to teach students the basic techniques and responsibilities of academic research, how to read sources critically, how to negotiate and evaluate arguments and counter-arguments, and how to build their own arguments through writing and speaking exercises.
  • to enable students to read the Qur’an and Qur’anic commentary (tafsir) so that they understand how its teaching educates conscience and behaviour. They should be able to explain to others, as well as understand for themselves, how the guidance of the Qur’an relates to contemporary issues and circumstances.
  • to teach students the history and development of seerah (the biography of the Prophet) and of the hadith sciences: emphasis will be placed on understanding when and how the major hadith compilations were recorded, how the material was assessed and interpreted to inform the norms and rules of individual and collective life, and its continued relevance today.
  • to give students a firm grasp of the major events in the evolution of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), the major schools of law, their commonalities and differences, and the good manners (adab) in managing plurality of legal opinion.
  • to help students think through some of the theological and philosophical controversies that have persisted in Islamic societies over the centuries and the cultural and political consequences of these controversies in terms of inter-sectarian and inter-religious polemic.
  • to enable students to serve as faithful representatives of a practised Islam that is, according to the pattern of God’s Messenger and his Companions, gracious and patient with religious diversity; an Islam based on sound knowledge that the students have acquired for themselves and which they carry back into their communities; an Islam practised as a commitment to respect, care for and serve others; an Islam secured not by attachment to communal identity but by attachment to God.

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Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi – a former research fellow at Oxford University – is most reputed for his ground-breaking research on the female scholars of Islam in the field of Hadith. This research spanned a period of 15 years and resulted in the 57-volume work detailing and analysing the biographies of over 9000 female scholars from the time of Prophet Muhammad until today. This work is hailed as a unique masterpiece in the history of Islam.

Dr Nadwi started his Islamic education in Madrasah al-Islah, a madrasah that was started by the great Indian scholar and thinker, Moulana Hamiduddin Al-Farahi. After completing his initial studies there, he went on to join the prestigious seminary, Nadwatul ‘Ulama. He completed his BA ‘Alimiyyah Degree and MA in Hadith Studies with first class honours and top of his class. He was directly appointed to teach at the Institute by the then director, Shaykh Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi. While teaching at Nadwatul ‘Ulama, Dr Nadwi pursued further studies at Lucknow University in the field of economics (BA) and he then completed a PhD programme in Arabic Literature.

Dr Nadwi, at the request of Shaykh Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi, joined the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, as a research fellow in 1989. In addition to numerous research papers, he has authored and translated over 30 titles on Language, Jurisprudence, Qur’an and Hadith. In 2013, he relinquished his post at University of Oxford to focus on his own writings which include a comprehensive explanation on the classical hadith masterpiece Sahih Muslim.

Dr Nadwi’s authoring and teaching experience spans over 30 years. His introductory books on Arabic Grammar (Al-Nahw), Morphology (Al-Sarf) and Principles (Usul) of Tafsir, Hadith and Fiqh are used all over the world in madrasahs, Islamic institutes and colleges teaching ‘Alimiyyah (Islamic scholarship degree) students. He has also assisted many of the Islamic colleges with curriculum development.

Dr Nadwi’s passion for learning and teaching made him travel around the world to visit and study under many of the renowned scholars of our time. He is widely recognised as one of Western Europe’s leading Islamic scholars and thinkers.

 

Uwais Namazi

Mawlana Uwais Namazi was born and raised in the North West of England, Blackburn. He commenced his formal studies at the Jam’iat al-Ilm Wa al-Huda (Blackburn) and he graduated as ‘Aalim in 2004 and Fazil in 2006 from Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow. In 2008 he completed an MA in Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and thereafter joined the Islamic Texts Society in Cambridge as a Publishing Assistant, also providing his services to various publishing houses catering for the Islamic Studies like Turath Publishing (London) and Amal Press (Bristol). In 2011, he joined the faculty at the Ebrahim College (London) where he taught Arabic, Hadith, Fiqh and Tafsir. He also taught at the Jibril Institute and served at Hafs Academy (London). In 2015 he moved back to his hometown and co-founded the Nizami Institute, teaching the same disciplines, as well as teaching GCSE Arabic at the Eden Boys Secondary School. Mawlana Uwais is presently awaiting approval as a doctoral candidate to commence his research in December 2018 at the Royal Holloway (University of London), and dividing his time between teaching, research and family.

 

Abid Khan

Sh Abid Khan studied Islamic sciences for several years under many notable scholars. He was awarded the al-shahādat al-‘ālimiyyah (Licence in Islamic Scholarship officially qualifying him as a scholar) alongside complete ijāzah in the Six Canonical Books of Ḥadīth – receiving the shortest isnād in Ṣaḥīh al-Bukhārī. He has a special interest in Jurisprudence, and has several years been a Lecturer in  Usūl’l-Fiqh ; Islamic Contract Law; Zakat  at ASI, and more recently Jibreel Institute alongside his current teaching post at Cambridge Islamic College. He has been on several British television channels delivering Fatāwā programs, as well as on the specialist Recite programme as the guest. He is invited to many of the largest mosques in the country to teach on his areas of specialisation. He also serves as a part-time Imam. He had previously graduated in Bioengineering and Applied Physics, and then studied at the UCL Masters’ degree for Biomaterials & Stem Cell research.

 

Reem Mohammed

Ustadha Reem is a native Arabic speaker from Egypt, spending her early years in Oman. She graduated with a dual Bachelor of Arts and Education degree in Arabic Language from Zagazig University, Egypt in 2005, also studying English as a second language. From 2006 to 2007 she taught Arabic Language at a secondary school in Oman directing students in classical Arabic poetry and drama study. Reem moved to England in 2007 where she has been teaching Quraan voluntarily to adults and children. From 2014-2018 she has been tutoring students for GCSE Arabic, coaching students in reading, writing, listening and speaking. She is happily married with 3 beautiful children. Reem enjoys teaching Arabic and look forward to this exciting opportunity to work with students at CIC to develop their Arabic to further their Islamic studies.

 

Ayman Abdel Haleem

Ustadh Ayman Abdel Haleem completed his BA in Arabic at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London with first class honours. Following a period in Egypt, where he studied under a number of Azhari scholars, he completed an MPhil in Theology at the University of Cambridge. He spent several years in the position of Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS where he tought Quranic Arabic. In addition to his teaching activities, Ustadh Ayman works as an editor and translator of Islamic literature.

 

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First Year

Modules

 

Tafsir

Topics Covered

i) Qur’anic Exegesis/Interpretation
ii) Approaches to the Qur’an, its Sciences and Principles

Material Covered

Tafsir Al-Baydawi (Al-Baydawi),
Fundamentals of Usul al-Tafsir (Dr. Akram Nadwi),
Al-Fawz ul-Kabir fi Usul al-Tafsir, (Shah Waliullah al-Dihlawi),
Al-Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir, (Ibn Taymiyyah)

Hadith

Topics Covered

i) Readings from the Hadith Literature
ii) Sciences of Hadith & it’s nomenclature

Material Covered

Mishkat Al-Masabih,( al-Khatib al-Tabirizi),
Fundamentals of Usul al-Hadith (Dr Akram Nadwi),
Nuzhat Al Nazar Fi Sharh Nukhbat al-Fikar (Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani),
The Prolegomenon of Sahih Muslim (Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj al-Qushayri)

Fiqh

Topics Covered

i) Statute / Case Law (Comparative)
ii) Legal Theory / Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)

Material Covered

Bidayat al-Mujtahid (Ibn Rushd),
Essentials of Usul al-Fiqh ( Dr. Akram Nadwi),
Irshad al-Fuhul ( Imam al-Shawkan

Aqeedah

Topics Covered

i) Creed (Aqeedah)
ii) Heresiography (Firaq)

Material Covered

al-‘Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah (al-Tahawi)
al-Aqidah al-Nasafiyyah (Najm al-Din (Abu Hafs)
al-Nasafi) al-‘Aqidah al-Wasitiyyah (Ibn Taymiyyah)
tarikh al-madhahib al-islamiyyah fi al-siyasah wa al-aqa’id wa tarikh al-madhahib al-fiqhiyyah ( Abu Zahrah)

Logic (Mantiq)

Material Covered

Preliminaries of Logic from Maqsid al-Falasifah (al-Ghazali)
Complemented with portions from al-Radd ‘ala al-Mantiqin (Ibn Taymiyyah)

Studies in the Arabic Language

Topics Covered

i) Grammar
ii) Rhetoric
iii) Lexicography
iv) Arabic Literature
v) Poetry
vi) Writing

Material Covered

“Al-Mufassal” (Zamakhsharee)
“Al-Balagha al-Waadihah” (Ali-Al- Jarim)
“Mufradaat al-Quran” ( Raaghib al Isfahaanee)
“Mufradaat al-Quran” (Hamiduddeen al-Farahi)
“Mukhtarat” (Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi)
“Al-Adab al-Marathi wal Hamaasah min Deewaan al Hamaasah” (Abu Tamaam)

Seerah

Topics Covered

History: Biography of the Prophet(S) and Companions

Material Covered

Foreword of Sirat al-Nabi,(Allamah Shibli Nu’mani)
al-Sirah al-Nabawiyyah (Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali al-Hasani al-Nadwi)
Biographies of the 4 Rightly Guided Caliphs from Tarikh al-Islam (Dhahabi)
Biographies of the Mothers of the Believers and the Daughters of the Prophet and other Companions from Siyar A’lam al-Nubula (Imam al-Dhahabi)

 

 

Second Year

Modules

 

Tafsir

Topics Covered

Qur’anic Exegesis/Interpretation

Material Covered

Tafsir of selected surahs from the Quran: Surah Aal-Imran, Surah al-Nisa and Surah al-Maidah. Tafsir al Kashshaf (Zamaksharee) – Surah al-Fatihah and Surah al-Baqarah.

Hadith

Topics Covered

i) Readings from the Hadith Literature
ii) Authority of the Sunnah
iii) Ilm-Ul-Rijaal

Material Covered

Selections from Sahih Al Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawood, Sunan An-Nasa’i, Sunan Ibn Majah
Book on Proofs of Prophethood (Ibn Taymiyyah)
The Authority and Position of the Sunnah in the Islamic Shari’ah and Studies on the prophetic hadith and history of the codification of the Sunnah (Dr. Mustafa al-A’zamee), selections from Siyar al-A’lam an-Nubula (Al-Dhahabi)

Fiqh

Topics Covered

i) Statute / Case Law (Comparative)
ii) Legal Theory / Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)

Material Covered

Bidayat al-Mujtahid (Ibn Rushd),
Irshad al-Fuhul ( Imam al-Shawkan

Philosophy of Shariah

Material Covered

“Hujjat Allah al-Balighah (Shah Walliullah)
“Al-Muwafaqaat” (Al- Shaatibi),
I’laam al-Muwaqqi’een, (Ibn Qayyim-Al Jawzi)
al-‘Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah (al-Tahawi)

Advanced Studies in the Arabic Langugage

Topics Covered

i) Arabic Literature
ii) Poetry
iii) Writing

Material Covered

“Part 2 of Mukhtarat”(Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi)
“Al-Muallaqaat as-Sab’a”

Islamic History

Topics Covered

i) History of Umayyad Dynasty, Abbasid Dynasty and Ottoman Empire.
ii) History of Islamic Dawah in Africa, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.
iii) Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun

Material Covered

Foreword of Sirat al-Nabi,(Allamah Shibli Nu’mani)
al-Sirah al-Nabawiyyah (Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali al-Hasani al-Nadwi)
Biographies of the 4 Rightly Guided Caliphs from Tarikh al-Islam (Dhahabi)
Biographies of the Mothers of the Believers and the Daughters of the Prophet and other Companions from Siyar A’lam al-Nubula (Imam al-Dhahabi)

Western Thought

Topics Covered

i) History of Modern Europe.
ii) Western Philosophy.
iii) Orientalist Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

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The application consists of 3 stages.

Stage 1 – Fill out the application form HERE

Stage 2 – Join us for our Open Day on 14th April 2019

Stage 3 – Once we have reviewed your application, we will send you a financial assessment form to complete – your fees will be calculated on the basis of this assessment.

Stage 4 – If you application is successful, you will be invited for an interview at the College.

 

We will also be hosting Open Days to meet faculty, discuss the curriculum and view the college.

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