Cambridge IGCSE Islamiyat syllabus enables learners to develop an understanding of the importance of the major beliefs of Islam, and of the early history of the Islamic community. As a result, learners develop their knowledge and understanding of the main elements of Islamic faith and history, evaluating the meaning and importance of these elements in the lives and thoughts of Muslims. Although the syllabus is studied in English, some familiarity with passages from the Qur’an and Hadith in Arabic is assumed. [reference : www.cie.org.uk]
Students not already registered with their schools and colleges but planning to sit for the IGCSE examinations should independently register with Cambridge International Examinations. It’s not Cambridge Islamic College’s responsibility to register students for the Cambridge International Examinations. Cambridge Islamic College is merely offering a comprehensive set of lectures to support and prepare students planning to sit for the Cambridge IGCSE Islamiyat (0493) examinations.
Why study Islam?
According to a research published recently by the US-based Pew Research Centre and reported in The Telegraph, Islam is the only religion growing faster than the world’s population. It is the world’s second largest religion after Christianity. About 1.6 billion people, or 23 percent of the world’s population, are Muslims. Thus, Islamic Studies has become a subject of strategic importance in the world today. For students wishing to study for any degree at Britain’s top universities, Religious Studies, including the study of Islam, is classified as one of the most important List A subjects that students should do and pass at school in order to be admitted into a top British university. Similarly, Muslim students who wish to do some of the College’s courses in the field of Islamic sciences, classical Arabic texts, balāgha, among others, this IGCSE programme is an important route and preparation.
What career opportunities are there for students of Islam?
It is an important preparation for employment in state and local government, foreign office, journalism, media and broadcasting, teaching, academia, religious organisations, NGOs and other social agencies, security and intelligence services.
Teaching is based on the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum. Cambridge International Examinations describes this syllabus as one that “enables learners to develop an understanding the importance of the major beliefs of Islam, and of the early history of the Islamic community. As a result, learners develop their knowledge and understanding of the main elements of Islamic faith and history, evaluating the meaning and importance of these elements in the lives and thoughts of Muslims. Although the syllabus is studied in English, some familiarity with passages from the Qur’an and Hadith in Arabic is assumed.”
The syllabus covers the following areas of academic study:
- Major themes of the Qurʾān
- The history and importance of the Qurʾān
- The life and importance of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
- The first Islamic community
- Major teachings of the Ḥadīths of the Prophet
- The history and importance of the Ḥadīths
- The period of rule of the Rightly Guided Caliphs and their importance as leaders
- The Articles of Faith and the Pillars of Islam
Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Islamiyat, Islamic Studies or Religious Studies previously.
Who teaches the classes?
Shaykh Michael Mumisa is a PhD candidate and Cambridge Special Livingstone Scholar at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He also holds an ‘Alimiyyah /Shahadat al-Fadila degree from South Africa as well as a BA Honours (Islamic Studies) degree, an MA (English Literature) degree and an MPhil (Islamic Legal Theory) research degree from Johannesburg, Birmingham and Newcastle universities. He is author of a number of studies and a regular broadcaster and commentator on radio and other media. He has extensive teaching experience and is a former examiner of IGCSE Arabic and IGCSE Islamic Studies. His PhD research is in Classical Arabic Literature.
How are the classes delivered ?
All classes are delivered online. Students can attend these classes online from anywhere in the world from the comfort of their homes.
Start Date : 4th of May 2017
Registration By : 30th of Apr 2017
- Duration – 12 months (38 weeks)
- One lesson per week during Term time
- Each Lecture – 2 hours in duration
- Live lectures – Every Thrusday 5:00pm to 7:00pm (Online worldwide)
- Lecture Recordings available for revision for full year
- 76 hours of lectures
- Assignments & Feedback
Summer term 2017 (Term-1)
Monday 4 May to Friday 21 July 2017
Half term: 29 May to 2 June 2017
Duration : 10 weeks
Autumn term 2017 (Term-2)
4 September to 19 December 2017
Half term: 23 October to 27 October 2017
Duration : 14 weeks
Spring term 2018 (Term-3)
3 January to 29 March 2018
Half term: 12 February to 16 February 2018
Duration : 12 weeks
Term 1 – Summer term 2017
Term 2 – Autumn term 2017
Term 3 – Spring term 2018