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.
The classes are 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).
This Diploma in Classical Arabic Rhetoric – Introduction to Balagha is now available on DeepDeen.
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- Taught in the English and Arabic Languages
- Course textbooks made available in pdf form
- 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
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:
A modern teaching manual by ʿAlī al-Jārim (1881-1949) and Muṣṭafā Amīn (1914-1997), based on classical Arabic sources.
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.