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Advanced ‘Alimiyyah Degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies

Advanced Islamic Scholarship Residential Degree

Advanced Islamic Scholarship Residential Alimiyyah Degree is the flagship degree level programme of Cambridge Islamic College. It is a two year full-time residential intensive programme covering Arabic Language, Islamic Studies and Communication Skills at an advanced level. It is designed for those who wish to combine their professional career paths with Islamic Studies.

Course Director: Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

First Academic Year Begins: 17 September 2018

Duration: 2 Years

Application Deadline: 31st July 2018

Maximum Number of Students: 30 (preferably 15 male and 15 female)

Primary Selection Criteria: Academic Merit and Intellectual Aptitude

Secondary Selection Criteria: Application Date (priority for earlier applications)

Application Pack Request: Please email degree@cambridgeislamiccollege.org

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 duration of the programme is 2 years consisting of 3 terms each. Each term is 12 weeks in length with a total of 36 weeks per year, plus a welcome week at the beginning of the course. There will be 13 weeks holidays per year.

Year 1 (2018/2019)

Welcome Week – Monday 17 September 2018 to Friday 21 September 2018

Term 1 (12 weeks) – Monday 24 September 2018 to Saturday 15 December 2018

Winter Break (3 weeks) – Sunday 16 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019

Assessment Week (1 weeks) – Monday 7 January 2019 to Friday 11 January 2019

Term 2 (12 weeks) – Monday 14 January 2019 to Saturday 6 April 2019

Easter Break (3 weeks) – Sunday 7 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019

Assessment Week (1 weeks) – Monday 29 April 2019 to Friday 3 May 2019

Term 3 (12 weeks) – Monday 6 May 2019 to Saturday 27 July 2019

Assessment Week (1 weeks) – Monday 29 July 2019 to Friday 2 August 2019

Summer Break (7 weeks) – Sunday 3 August 2019 to Sunday 22 September 2019

Year 2 (2019/2020)

Year 2 schedule will be announced during the first academic year. It will be similar to the first year schedule.

Class Format

Classes are held 5 days a week from Monday to Friday.

Lectures

Lectures are held from Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the morning and then 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the afternoon. There are 6 lectures of 60 minutes each every day.

The curriculum for Year 1 is as follows. It is divided into 3 terms and each term is divided into 6 classes per day of 60-minutes each. These are held from Monday to Friday.

First Academic Year

Term 1, 2 & 3

Monday Morning Session

Period 1 (09:00 AM to 10:00 AM) – Bidaayatul Mujtahid

Period 2 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM) – Bidaayatul Mujtahid

Period 3 (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM) – Bidaayatul Mujtahid

Monday Afternoon Session

Period 1 (02:00 PM to 03:00 PM) – Mishkaat al-Masabih

Period 2 (03:00 PM to 04:00 PM) – Mishkaat al-Masabih

Period 3 (04:00 PM to 05:00 PM) – Mishkaat al-Masabih

Tuesday Morning Session

Period 1 (09:00 AM to 10:00 AM) – Al-Mukhtaraat by Abu al Hasan Ali Nadwi – Part 1

Period 2 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM) – Al-Adab al-Marathi wal Hamaasah min Deewaan al Hamaasah by Abu Tamaam

Period 3 (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM) – Al-Balagha al-Waadihah

Tuesday Afternoon Session

Period 1 (02:00 PM to 03:00 PM) – Mabadi fi Usul at-Tafseer by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Al-Fawz ul-Kabir fi Usul at-Tafsir and Al-Muqaddimah fi Usul at-Tafsir by Ibn Taymiyyah

Period 2 (03:00 PM to 04:00 PM) –  Mabadi fi Usul at-Tafseer by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Al-Fawz ul-Kabir fi Usul at-Tafsir and Al-Muqaddimah fi Usul at-Tafsir by Ibn Taymiyyah

Period 3 (04:00 PM to 05:00 PM) – Al-Taabir Al-Insha

Wednesday Morning Session

Period 1 (09:00 AM to 10:00 AM) – Tafseer of selected Surahs from the Qur’an: Surah Kahf and Surah Maryam

Period 2 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM) – Tafseer of selected Surahs from the Qur’an: Surah Noor and Surah Ahzab

Period 3 (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM) – Tafseer of selected Surahs from the Qur’an: From Surah Qaf to Surah Naas

Wednesday Afternoon Session

Period 1 (02:00 PM to 03:00 PM) – As-Seerah an-Nabawiyyah by Abu Al-Hasan Ali Nadwi

Period 2 (03:00 PM to 04:00 PM) – Biography of the Khulafa ar Rashideen from Taarikh al Islam by Dhahabee

Period 3 (04:00 PM to 05:00 PM) – Biographies of the Mothers of the Believers and the daughters of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and some other female companions from Siyar A’lam an Nubula

Thursday Morning Session

Period 1 (09:00 AM to 10:00 AM) – Mabadi fi usul al-Fiqh by Dr Muhammad Akram Nadwi and Irshaad al Fuhul by Shawkaanee – First Half

Period 2 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM) – Mabadi fi usul al-Fiqh by Dr Muhammad Akram Nadwi and Irshaad al Fuhul by Shawkaanee – First Half

Period 3 (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM) – Mabadi fi usul al-Fiqh by Dr Muhammad Akram Nadwi and Irshaad al Fuhul by Shawkaanee – First Half

Thursday Afternoon Session

Period 1 (02:00 PM to 03:00 PM) – Al-‘Aqeedah at-Tahawiyyah and Nasafiyyah

Period 2 (03:00 PM to 04:00 PM) – ‘Aqeedah al Wasitiyyah

Period 3 (04:00 PM to 05:00 PM) – Taarikh al Mazahib wa Firaq al Islamiyyah by Abu Zahrah

Friday Morning Session

Period 1 (09:00 AM to 10:00 AM) – Mabadi fi Usul al-Hadith by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Nuzhat an-Nadhr fi Sharh Nukhbat al-Fikr, and Muqaddimah Sahih Muslim

Period 2 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM) – Mabadi fi Usul al-Hadith by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Nuzhat an-Nadhr fi Sharh Nukhbat al-Fikr, and Muqaddimah Sahih Muslim

Period 3 (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM) – Mufradaat al-Quran by Raaghib al Isfahaanee, and Mufradaat al-Quran by Hamiduddeen al-Farahi

Friday Afternoon Session

Period 1 (02:00 PM to 03:00 PM) – Al-Mufassal by Zamakhsharee

Period 2 (03:00 PM to 04:00 PM) – Al-Mufassal by Zamakhsharee

Period 3 (04:00 PM to 05:00 PM) – Mabadi al Mantiq min maqasid al Falasifa by Ghazali, Mabadi al Falsafa min maqasid al Falasifa by Ghazali, and Lessons from Radd ‘alal Mantiqiyyeen by Ibn Taymiyyah

 

The curriculum for Year 2 is as follows. It is divided into 3 terms and each term is divided into 6 classes per day of 60-minutes each. These are held from Monday to Friday.

Second Academic Year

Term 1

Period 1

Monday – Wednesday (3 classes per week) – Tafsir (Advanced)

  • Tafseer of selected surahs from the Quran: Surah Al-Imran

Thursday (1 class per week) – Linguistic and Literary Analysis of the Qu’ran

  • Tafseer al Kashshaf – Surah Fatihah and Surah Baqarah

Friday (1 class per week) – Qur’anic Literary Styles

  • Muqaddimah fi Tafsir Nizam al-Qur’an – Maulana Farahi

Period 2

Monday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Saheeh al Bukharee – Book of the Beginning of Revelation

Tuesday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sahih Muslim – Book of Zakah

Wednesday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Al-Muwatta – Book of Fasting

Thursday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Jaami’ al-Tirmidhi – Book of Purification

Friday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sunan Abu Dawood – Book of Prayer

Period 3

Monday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sunan An-Nasa’i – Book of Marriage

Tuesday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sunan Ibn Majah – Introduction

Wednesday (1 class per week) – Sirah

  • Book on Proofs of Prophethood – Ibn Taymiyyah

Thursday (1 class per week) – Sunnah and Hadith Literature

  • The Authority and Position of the Sunnah in the Islamic Shari’ah – Dr. Mustafa al-A’zamee

Friday (1 class per week) – History (Advanced) and Hadith Verification

  • Siyar al-A’lam an-Nubula – Biography of Sa’eed al Musayyab, Umar ibn Abdul Azeez, Ibn Shihaab Az-Zuhree, Ayyub as Sakhtayaanee, Umm Darda as-Sughra, Hafsa bint Sireen, Amarah bint Abdur Rahman

Period 4

Monday – Wednesday (3 classes per week) – Fiqh (Advanced)

  • Bidaayatul Mujtahid – Second Half

Thursday – Friday (2 classes per week) – Usul al-Fiqh (Advanced)

  • Irshaad al Fuhul by Ash Shawkaanee – Second Half

Period 5

Monday – Tuesday (2 classes per week) – Arabic Literature (Advanced)

  • Al-Mukhtaraat by Abu Al Hasan Ali Nadwi – Part 2

Wednesday – Thursday (2 classes per week) – Arabic Prose and Poetry (Advanced)

  • Al-Muallaqaat as-Sab’a

Friday (1 class per week) – Arabic in Practice

  • Conversation, Composition and Essay Writing

Period 6

Monday – Tuesday (2 classes per week) – Philosophy of Shari’ah

  • Hujjatullahi al-Baalighah by Shah Waliullah – Selected Lessons

Wednesday – Thursday (2 classes per week) – Philosophy of Shari’ah

  • Al-Muwafaqaat by Shaatibi –  Selected Lessons

Friday (1 class per week) – Philosophy of Shari’ah

  • I’laam al-Muwaqqi’een by Ibn Qayyim – Selected Lessons

Period 7

Monday – Tuesday (2 classes per week) – Classical History (Advanced)

  • History of Umayyad Dynasty

Wednesday (1 class per week) – History of Dawah

  • History of Islamic Dawah in Africa

Thursday (1 class per week) – Philosophy of History

  • Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun – Selected Chapters

Friday (1 class per week) – Modern History

  • History of Modern Europe

Term 2

Period 1

Monday – Wednesday (3 classes per week) – Tafsir (Advanced)

  • Tafseer of selected surahs from the Quran: Surah Nisa

Thursday (1 class per week) – Linguistic and Literary Analysis of the Qu’ran

  • Tafseer al Kashshaf – Surah Fatihah and Surah baqarah

Friday (1 class per week) – Qur’anic Literary Styles

  • Im’aan fii Aqsaam al-Qur’an – Maulana Farahi

Period 2

Monday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Saheeh al Bukharee – Book of Emaan

Tuesday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sahih Muslim – Book of Trials

Wednesday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Al-Muwatta – Book of Commerce

Thursday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Jaami’ al-Tirmidhi – Book of Military Expeditions

Friday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sunan Abu Dawood – Book of Prayer

Period 3

Monday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sunan An-Nasa’i – Book of Divorce

Tuesday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sunan Ibn Majah – Book of Clothing

Wednesday (1 class per week) – Sirah

  • Book on Proofs of Prophethood – Ibn Taymiyyah

Thursday (1 class per week) – Sunnah and Hadith Literature

  • The Authority and Position of the Sunnah in the Islamic Shari’ah – Dr. Mustafa al-A’zamee

Friday (1 class per week) – History (Advanced) and Hadith Verification

  • Siyar al-A’lam an-Nubula – Biography of the Four Imams, Sufyan Ath-Thawree, Shu’bah

Period 4

Monday – Wednesday (3 classes per week) – Fiqh (Advanced)

  • Bidaayatul Mujtahid – Second Half

Thursday – Friday (2 classes per week) – Usul al-Fiqh (Advanced)

  • Irshaad al Fuhul by Ash Shawkaanee – Second Half

Period 5

Monday – Tuesday (2 classes per week) – Arabic Literature (Advanced)

  • Al-Mukhtaraat by Abu Al Hasan Ali Nadwi – Part 2

Wednesday – Thursday (2 classes per week) – Arabic Prose and Poetry (Advanced)

  • Al-Muallaqaat as-Sab’a

Friday (1 class per week) – Arabic in Practice

  • Conversation, Composition and Essay Writing

Period 6

Monday – Tuesday (2 classes per week) – Philosophy of Shari’ah

  • Hujjatullahi al-Baalighah by Shah Waliullah – Selected Lessons

Wednesday – Thursday (2 classes per week) – Philosophy of Shari’ah

  • Al-Muwafaqaat by Shaatibi –  Selected Lessons

Friday (1 class per week) – Philosophy of Shari’ah

  • I’laam al-Muwaqqi’een by Ibn Qayyim – Selected Lessons

Period 7

Monday – Tuesday (2 classes per week) – Classica History (Advanced)

  • History of Abbasid Dynasty

Wednesday (1 class per week) – History of Dawah

  • History of Islamic Dawah in India

Thursday (1 class per week) – Philosophy of History

  • Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun – Selected Chapters

Friday (1 class per week) – Modern History

  • History of Western Schools of Thoughts

 

Term 3

Period 1

Monday – Wednesday (3 classes per week) – Tafsir (Advanced)

  • Tafseer of selected surahs from the Quran: Surah Maidah

Thursday (1 class per week) – Linguistic and Literary Analysis of the Qu’ran

  • Tafseer al Kashshaf – Surah Fatihah and Surah Baqarah

Friday (1 class per week) – Qur’anic Literary Styles

  • Al-Ra’yu al-Saheeh fii man Huwa al-Dhabiih – Maulana Farahi

Period 2

Monday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Saheeh al Bukharee – Book of Knowledge

Tuesday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sahih Muslim – Book of Trials

Wednesday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Al-Muwatta – Book of Commerce

Thursday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Jaami’ al-Tirmidhi – Book of Military Expeditions

Friday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sunan Abu Dawood – Book of Manners

Period 3

Monday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sunan An-Nasa’i – Book of Cohabitation

Tuesday (1 class per week) – Hadith (Advanced)

  • Sunan Ibn Majah – Book of Food

Wednesday (1 class per week) – Sirah

  • Book on Proofs of Prophethood – Ibn Taymiyyah

Thursday (1 class per week) – Sunnah and Hadith Literature

  • Studies on the prophetic hadith and history of the codification of the Sunnah – Dr. Mustafa al-A’zamee

Friday (1 class per week) – History (Advanced) and Hadith Verification

  • Siyar al-A’lam an-Nubula – Biography of Sufyan bin Uyaynah, Hammad bin Zayd, Waki’ee bin al-Jarrah, Yahya bin Sa’eed al-Qattan, Abdur Rahman bin Mahdi, Abi Thawr, Dawood adh-Dhaahiree

Period 4

Monday – Wednesday (3 classes per week) – Fiqh (Advanced)

  • Bidaayatul Mujtahid – Second Half

Thursday – Friday (2 classes per week) – Usul al-Fiqh (Advanced)

  • Irshaad al Fuhul by Ash Shawkaanee – Second Half

Period 5

Monday – Tuesday (2 classes per week) – Arabic Literature (Advanced)

  • Al-Mukhtaraat by Abu Al Hasan Ali Nadwi – Part 2

Wednesday – Thursday (2 classes per week) – Arabic Prose and Poetry (Advanced)

  • Al-Muallaqaat as-Sab’a

Friday (1 class per week) – Arabic in Practice

  • Conversation, Composition and Essay Writing

Period 6

Monday – Tuesday (2 classes per week) – Philosophy of Shari’ah

  • Hujjatullahi al-Baalighah by Shah Waliullah – Selected Lessons

Wednesday – Thursday (2 classes per week) – Philosophy of Shari’ah

  • Al-Muwafaqaat by Shaatibi –  Selected Lessons

Friday (1 class per week) – Philosophy of Shari’ah

  • I’laam al-Muwaqqi’een by Ibn Qayyim – Selected Lessons

Period 7

Monday – Tuesday (2 classes per week) – Classica History

  • History of the Ottoman Empire

Wednesday (1 class per week) – History of Dawah

  • History of Islamic Dawah in Indonesia and Malaysia

Thursday (1 class per week) – Philosophy of History

  • Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun – Selected Chapters

Friday (1 class per week) – Modern History

  • History of Orientalism

 

The core aims of the teaching program 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. Also, 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 sira (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.

To enrol on this programme, the applicant must have completed Arabic and Islamic Studies to an intermediate level. This includes having studied at least all of the following:

  1. Arabic Language – GCE A Level or equivalent
  2. Arabic Grammar – Sharh Qatr al-Nada or equivalent
  3. Arabic Morphology – Shadha al-’Arf or equivalent
  4. Fiqh – Mukhtasar al-Quduri or equivalent
  5. Hadith – Bulugh al-Maram or equivalent
  6. Hadith – Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi or equivalent
  7. Tafsir – Surah Yusuf

If one has not covered the above they can do so by enrolling for the Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Cambridge Islamic College which covers requirements 1-5 along with Tafsir of Surah Yusuf (requirement 6) and Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi (requirement 7) by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, available online. The applicants must aim to cover these before the beginning of the academic year in September 2016. The admission is conditional upon successfully completing these.

Additionally the applicant must have completed a degree in a secular discipline from a recognised university or must be on the way to obtaining one. This programme is designed for those who wish to combine their professional career paths with Islamic Studies.

Full-Time 2- Year Degree Programme

Tuition Fees: £6950 per annum  |  Single Accommodation Costs: £5000-£7000 per annum

Prerequisite Course (if required)

Diploma in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies

Tuition Fees: £2000 for whole course

Introduction Video

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Please email degree@cambridgeislamiccollege.org requesting an application pack.