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Diploma in Essential Islamic Sciences – Level 3

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Overview

This diploma programme has been carefully designed and structured to give deeper and thought proving introductions to the Islamic Sciences like Hadith, Theology, Logic, Philosophy and Sufism at an advanced level.

 

Consists of three modules (covered in 3 Terms of 12 weeks each) Module are as follows:

Term 1 – Ḥadīth and Sunnah Studies & Introduction to Major Books of Ḥadīth: This part of the course introduces student to the field of ḥadīth literature (early ḥadīth collections and their commentaries). It includes detailed discussions on the major ḥādīth collections within the Sunnī tradition, key figures in the development of ḥadīth scholarship (from the classical period up to the modern era), the methods adopted by the main muḥaddīthīn (ḥadīth scholars and collectors) in their collections, their historical contexts, ḥadīth commentaries, and the transmission and reception of both ḥadīth collections and commentaries.

Term 2 – Theology, Logic and Philosophy: This part of the course is designed for advanced students of Islamic studies who wish to receive a rigorous training in classical Islamic theological schools, manṭiq (logic) and Islamic philosophical traditions. It includes a detailed discussion on the origins and historical development of Islamic theological and philosophical traditions, early intellectual debates, their historical contexts, key figures in the history of Islamic theology and philosophy, and their main ideas. Students will also be introduced to seminal texts in kalām (Islamic theology), manṭiq (logic) and Islamic philosophical traditions.

Term 3 – History of Sufism and Introduction to Classical Spirituality Texts: This course is divided into two main parts. The first part provides a detailed discussion on the origins and historical development of Sufism. It includes a detailed examination of key Sufī concepts and teachings, the lives, works and teachings of figures like Ibn ʿArabī (d. 1240 CE), ʿAbdu-l-Qādir al-Jilānī (d. 1166 CE), Ibn Taymiyya (d.1328 CE), al-Dhahabī (d. 1348 CE), Shaykh Aḥmad al-Sirhindī (d. 1624 CE) and many others. The second part is a close analysis of a selection of key texts in the study of Sufism, their authors, contexts and key themes: al-Risāla al-Qushayriyya, Masnavī maʿnavī [Mathnawī] of Jalāl al-Dīn al-Rūmī, al-Ḥujwīrī’s Kashf al-Maḥjūb, al-Ghazālī’s Iḥyāʾ ʿulūm al-dīn, Ibn ʿAṭāʾ-llāh al-Iskandari’s Kitāb al-Ḥikam, Ibn al-Jawzī’s Talbīs Iblīs, and others.

Who is this course for? This level assumes prior knowledge of Qurʾānic hermeneutics, ḥadīth methodological sciences, and principles of Islamic jurisprudence. It is therefore open only to students who have completed Level 2 or have done Islamic studies elsewhere. A must for every student of ḥadīth, Theology, Logic, Philosophy and Sufism – The Future Scholars of the Muslim Ummah.

Lecturer: The classes are taught [pre-recorded] by Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Dean of Cambridge Islamic College. Further academic support is provided by the College’s Islamic scholars who are authorities in various specialist subjects relevant to the course.




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Course Structure

Start Date : 6th of May 2017

  • Duration – 12 months
  • Per Term – 12 Lessons –One lesson per week
  • Each lesson – 3 hours in duration
  • Prerecorded lectures
  • Lectures – Every Saturday 7:00pm
  • Live Tutorial – Once every 2 weeks
  • Exam- End of each term
  • Diploma Certification provided upon the successful completion of exams
  • 360 hours of lectures + 60 hours of live tutorials

Term Details

TERM-1 Ḥadīth and Sunnah Studies & Introduction to Major Books of Ḥadīth :  6th May to 19th Aug, 2017

TERM-1 BREAK : 20th Aug to 15th Sep 2017

TERM-1 EXAMS : 15th Sep to 17th Sep 2017

TERM-2 Theology, Logic and Philosophy : 23rd Sep to  9th Dec, 2017

TERM-2 BREAK : 10th Dec to 5th Jan 2018

TERM-2 EXAMS : 5th Jan to 7th Jan 2018

TERM-3 History of Sufism and Introduction to Classical Spirituality Texts : 13th Jan 2018 to  31st Mar, 2018

TERM-3 BREAK : 1st Apr 2018 to 27th Apr 2018

TERM-3 EXAMS : 27th Apr 2018 to 29th Apr 2018

Course Outline

Term 1 – Ḥadīth and Sunnah Studies & Introduction to Major Books of Ḥadīth: This part of the course introduces student to the field of ḥadīth literature (early ḥadīth collections and their commentaries). It includes detailed discussions on the major ḥādīth collections within the Sunnī tradition, key figures in the development of ḥadīth scholarship (from the classical period up to the modern era), the methods adopted by the main muḥaddīthīn (ḥadīth scholars and collectors) in their collections, their historical contexts, ḥadīth commentaries, and the transmission and reception of both ḥadīth collections and commentaries. This module aims to introduce students to different aspects of the ḥadīth sciences. It will explain: the methodology used by traditionalists to authenticate ḥadīths; the practice of ḥadīth study:travelling for ḥadīth; taking notes; reading and hearing; and the compilation of hadith compendia; adducing and juxtaposing ḥadīth texts to inform understanding of the religion as practice (norms and laws); the increasing sophistication of ḥadīth criticism; and the gradual predominance of ḥadīth texts as a record of the Prophetic Sunnah. These aspects of the ḥadīth sciences will be studied with reference primarily to al-Muwatta, and the six compendia that have, over centuries, retained the widest acceptance among the Muslim community.

Modules

  • Muwaṭṭa – First Major Collection of Hadith
  • Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī – The Abridged Collection of Authentic Hadith with Connected Chains – Part 1
  • Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī – The Abridged Collection of Authentic Hadith with Connected Chains – Part 2
  • Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim – Hadith Collection with Authentic Chains
  • Sunan Abī Dāwūd – One of The Six Canonical Hadith Collections
  • Sunan at-Tirmidhī – One of The Six Canonical Hadith Collections
  • Sunan an-Nasā’ī – One of The Six Canonical Hadith Collections
  • Sunan Ibn Mājah – One of The Six Canonical Hadith Collections

 

Term 2 – Theology, Logic and Philosophy: This part of the course is designed for advanced students of Islamic studies who wish to receive a rigorous training in classical Islamic theological schools, manṭiq (logic) and Islamic philosophical traditions. It includes a detailed discussion on the origins and historical development of Islamic theological and philosophical traditions, early intellectual debates, their historical contexts, key figures in the history of Islamic theology and philosophy, and their main ideas. Students will also be introduced to seminal texts in kalām (Islamic theology), manṭiq (logic) and Islamic philosophical traditions. The course is dealing with one of the most intellectually demanding subjects in Islamic education. The complexity of these subjects is multiplied by the fact that throughout the Islamic history there have been many different schools of theology at odds with each other. This was given rise by the emergence of different philosophical approaches to knowing God and understanding revelations.This course is suitable for advanced students who wish to understand the theological and philosophical differences between sects in Islam as well as to learn how to deal with these differences in a way that is conducive to coexistence. The students will also learn that there more important aspects to the religion than theology and philosophy which many times gets overlooked because of the portrayal of theology as the most important aspect of the religion.Modules

  • Understanding Al-Aqeedah at-Tahawiyyah (Imam Tahawi) – Classical Islamic Theology
  • al-Muqaddimah – An Introduction to History (Ibn Khaldun)
  • Hujjatullah al-Baligha – The Profound Evidence of Allah (Shah Waliullah) – Part 1
  • Hujjatullah al-Baligha – The Profound Evidence of Allah (Shah Waliullah) – Part 2
  • Tahāfut al-Falāsifa – The Incoherence of the The Philosophers (Al-Ghazzali)
  • ar-Radd ‘ala al-Mantiqiyyin – Refutation of the Greek Logicians (Ibn Taymiyyah)

 

Term 3 – History of Sufism and Introduction to Classical Spirituality Texts: This course is divided into two main parts. The first part provides a detailed discussion on the origins and historical development of Sufism. It includes a detailed examination of key Sufī concepts and teachings, the lives, works and teachings of figures like Ibn ʿArabī (d. 1240 CE), ʿAbdu-l-Qādir al-Jilānī (d. 1166 CE), Ibn Taymiyya (d.1328 CE), al-Dhahabī (d. 1348 CE), Shaykh Aḥmad al-Sirhindī (d. 1624 CE) and many others. The second part is a close analysis of a selection of key texts in the study of Sufism, their authors, contexts and key themes: al-Risāla al-Qushayriyya, Masnavī maʿnavī [Mathnawī] of Jalāl al-Dīn al-Rūmī, al-Ḥujwīrī’s Kashf al-Maḥjūb, al-Ghazālī’s Iḥyāʾ ʿulūm al-dīn, Ibn ʿAṭāʾ-llāh al-Iskandari’s Kitāb al-Ḥikam, Ibn al-Jawzī’s Talbīs Iblīs, and others. This course is a ground-breaking programme for the first time in the English language that explores in detail the history and the sources of sufism. There is so much of confusion and controversy surrounding sufism with some Muslims considering it to be an essential part of Islam while others considering it to be a rejected innovation. Hence this is an invaluable course for anyone wanting to have a deeper insight into sufism and the texts of spirituality.

Modules

  • History of Tasawwuf or Sufism
  • Al-Risāla al-Qushayriyya  (Al-Qushayri’s Epistle on Sufism)
  • Ihya’ Ulumuddin (The Revival of Religious Sciences)
  • Masnavi al-Ma’navi (Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning)
  • Kitab al-Hikam (Book of Aphorisms)
  • Talbis Iblis (The Devil’s Deception)

Diploma in Essential Islamic Sciences – Level 3

Diploma in Essential Islamic Sciences – Level 3

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