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Diploma in Classical Arabic Rhetoric – Introduction to Balagha

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Introduction

The importance of ʿilm al-balāgha for anyone serious about understanding, interpreting and contextualising the Qur’an and its early commentaries, ḥadīth and its early commentaries, and classical jurisprudential (fiqhi), theological, philosophical and literary texts is widely recognised. ʿIlm al-balāgha is undoubtedly one of the most important subjects that no serious student of Arabic and Islamic studies should be denied of the opportunity to learn, master and enjoy.

Who are the classes for?

  • Those with working knowledge of Arabic language and grammar
  • Advanced students of Arabic language who wish to explore the rich variety of classical Arabic literary culture
  • Native Arabic speakers who never had the opportunity to study classical Arabic balāgha, or those who wish to refresh their knowledge.

Lecturer:

The classes will be taught by Shaykh Michael Mumisa, a Cambridge Special Livingstone PhD Scholar, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, who also holds an Ijāza/Shahādat al-Faḍīla (with distinction).

Special Offer 

Enrol for the full course by Monday 23rd January 2017 and receive a bonus course of your choice (worth £200) from the 14 CIC Online Diploma Programmes absolutely free of charge.

Following are the 14 Diploma Programmes (Condition Apply)

  1. Diploma in Usul al-Deen – Fundamentals of Islam
  2. Diploma in Essential Fiqh for Modern Times
  3. Diploma in Seerah of the Major Prophets
  4. Diploma in Theology, Logic and Philosophy
  5. Diploma in Usul al-Fiqh and Fiqh Studies
  6. Diploma in Usul al-Hadith and Hadith Studies
  7. Diploma in Usul al-Tafsir and ‘Ulum al-Qur’an Studies
  8. Diploma in Hadith and Sunnah Studies – Major Books of Hadith
  9. Diploma in Qur’an and Tafsir Studies I – Juz’ Tabarak Part 1
  10. Diploma in Qur’an and Tafsir Studies II – Juz’ Tabarak Part 2
  11. Diploma in Qur’an and Tafsir Studies III – Juz’ ‘Amma Part 1
  12. Diploma in Qur’an and Tafsir Studies IV – Juz’ Amma Part 2
  13. Diploma in History of Female Islamic Scholarship
  14. Diploma in History of Sufism & Introduction to Classical Spirituality Texts

Offer Conditions

  1. Please note that the Fee Diploma chosen will be offered at certificate level.
  2. Certificate Level – 7 day access to each class
  3. Cost of Certificate Level access to each Diploma is £200.00
  4. There are 6 classes in each of the diplomas
  5. The Diploma dates and prices mentioned in the Diploma webpages do not apply to this offer.
  6. The programme dates mentioned in the Diploma webpages do not apply to this offer.
  7. New programme dates will be provided to students who avail this offer.





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Curriculum

Term 1 (10 weeks – Jan to Mar)

  1. Al-Balāghat al-wāḍiḥa & Kitāb al-Badīʿ– 2 Hours

Term 2 (10 weeks – Apr to Jun)

  1. Al-Balāghat al-wāḍiḥa & Kitāb al-Badīʿ – 2 Hours

Term 3 (10 weeks – Jul to Sep)

  1. Al-Balāghat al-wāḍiḥa & Kitāb al-Badīʿ– 2 Hours

Medium of instruction : English

Features

  • Taught in the English and Arabic Languages
  • Course textbooks made available in pdf form
  • Online Student Collaboration System for discussion and questions
  • Online Recorded Access Worldwide
  • High quality HD video delivery system
  • Classes accessible throughout the course for catch up and revision at no extra cost
  • Diploma granted on successful completion by the Cambridge Islamic College
  • Weekly homework

Class Timing:

The academic year starts in Jan and continues until September .

Lectures by Shaykh Michael Mumisa (Cambridge)

Wednesdays 7:00 pm  (2 hours a week) – total 60 hours

  • Online Classes every Wednesday during Term
  • Class recordings accessible throughout the course (full 8 months)
  • 10 Weeks per Term – 30 Weeks for full programme

 Venues:

  • Onsite @ Cambridge Islamic College, 58 Sturton Street, CB1 – 2QA, Cambridge, UK.
  • Online Worldwide @ Home


Term Dates – Academic Year [2017]

Enrol by :  15th Jan 2017

Term Year – 2017
Start Date End Date Exam Date
Term-1 18th Jan 2017 22nd Mar 2017  5th Apr 2017
Term Break  23rd Mar 2017 – 11th Apr 2017
Term-2  12th Apr 2017  14th Jun 2017  28th Jun 2017
Term Break  15th Jun 2017 – 4th Jul 2017
Term-3  5th Jul 2017  6th Sep 2017  20th Sep 2017

 

Textbooks

A brief introduction to the individual texts that will be used as course reference for the Diploma

The classes will be based on a close reading and analysis of the following texts:

Al-Balāghat al-wāḍiḥa

A modern teaching manual by ʿAlī al-Jārim (1881-1949) and Muṣṭafā Amīn (1914-1997), based on classical Arabic sources.

Kitāb al-Badīʿ

A seminal classical Arabic text which is regarded as one of the first theoretical works on the subject, written by the eminent poet, scholar, literary critic and ʿAbbāsid caliph of one day ʿAbdullāh Ibn al-Muʿtazz (died. 908 CE). It is the work that best captures the early fascinating intellectual debates on the subject.

The classes and the above two texts are taught in preparation for a detailed textual analysis (at level 2) of the famous Kitāb al-bayān wa al-tabyīn, the most important and most seminal work on the subject, written by the father of Arabic prose and the study of classical Arabic rhetoric al-Jāḥiẓ (died 868/9 CE), an intellectual elite and member of the African diaspora in 9th century ʿAbbāsid Iraq.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the Online live or recorded? How do you cater for different time zones?

The Online classes are live from Cambridge and online, you can ask questions via Learning Management System. However to cater for different time zones, the videos will be available to watch for the whole 8 months. Those who missed the live sessions can also benefit from this without any extra charge. However this is only Online Students and not for onsite students.

2. How can I catch up if I miss a class for an unavoidable reason?

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure attendance. Cambridge Islamic College has no obligation for anyone if they miss classes. However, students may revisit the recordings for a particular week within one week of a class until the next class happens. This is only for online students.

3. Can I share the online access with others?

No the online access is for the registered student only. It would be a violation of the condition of enrolment and a violation of trust to share the access with anyone else in any form including watching together as a group or family. Anyone who wishes to follow the diploma programme needs to enrol.

4. How are the students assessed?

Students are assessed through exams. The exams are held online via our learning management system. There will be two 2-3 hour exams. They are closed book exams testing the general understanding of the material taught. Diplomas are awarded to those who successfully complete the exams. Exams can be taken from anywhere in the world.

5. Are there any pre-requisites for enrolling for this programme?

  • Those with working knowledge of Arabic language and grammar
  • Advanced students of Arabic language who wish to explore the rich variety of classical Arabic literary culture
  • Native Arabic speakers who never had the opportunity to study classical Arabic balāgha, or those who wish to refresh their knowledge.

We welcome and teach anyone who fits into any of the above categories on an equal basis regardless of their race, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, sexuality or religion/belief. We do not believe in any form of discrimination or exclusion.

6. Is this Diploma accredited?

Yes it is awarded by the Cambridge Islamic College which is launching in Cambridge soon for advanced Islamic Studies. Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is the Dean and the Academic Director of the College.

7. What are the timings for the classes?

The classes are held from 7:00PM to 9:00PM (UK time) every Wednesday during term time.

8. What is the refund policy?

Once enrolled for the programme the full payment is due. This can be paid at once or term by term . There will be no refunds for cancellations for non-attendance.


Diploma in Classical Arabic Rhetoric - Introduction to Balagha

Diploma in Classical Arabic Rhetoric – Introduction to Balagha

 

Programme Features & Fee Details

Terms & Conditions : [Click Here]

Item Onsite-Only Online-Only
Features  
No of Terms 3 3
Term Exams 1st, 2nd & 3rd Term only 1st, 2nd & 3rd Term only
Number of Lectures 

One 2 hour lecture per week

One 2 hour lecture per week
Date & Time Every Wednesday at 7:00 pm  Every Wednesday at 7:00 pm 
Total hours lectures  60 hours of lectures in total 60 hours of lectures in total
Video Access No 8 months
Award Diploma Diploma
Academic Year Batch-1 Batch-1
Year – 2017

Registrations Open 

Deadline : 23 Jan 2017

 Registrations Open 

Deadline : 23 Jan 2017

Fees  
Full Programme – Payment £240 £480
Per Term  £100  per term £200 per term
Enrol for the full course by Monday 23rd January 2017 and receive a bonus course of your choice (worth £200) from the 14 CIC Online Diploma Programmes absolutely free of charge. (*conditons apply)

 

 

 

 


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