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College Level Courses


Arabic and the Instrumental Islamic Sciences
Course CodeCore or ElectiveDepartmentCourse NameCourse Description
ARAB101CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesArabic Syntactic Compendia: Iẓhār al-AsrārIẓhār al-Asrār of Imam Muḥammad b. Bīr 'Alī al-Birkiwī (d. 981/1573) has remained one of the most taught compendia of Arabic syntax over the centuries. It is distinguished by its causal approach to Arabic syntax, which is not presented in the usual order of noun, verb, and particle, but rather in the order of syntactic governors, governed words, and types of government. This teaches the student to analyze the Arabic language in terms of cause and effect, which is the objective of the course. The course begins with a study of al-'Awāmil, which is al-Birkiwī’s own summary of al-Iẓhār.
ARAB151CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesArabic Lab 1st Year - Level 1This course aims to develop elementary communication skills in Arabic. By the end of the one-year course, a student should be able to engage in simple conversations about familiar topics (speaking and listening comprehension), and read and write simple sentences about familiar topics (reading comprehension and basic writing skills).
ARAB102CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesIntermediate Arabic Syntax and Introduction to Arabic Literature: Hidāyat al-Naḥw and AdabHidāyat al-Naḥw is an intermediate level text that reintroduces students to rules of Arabic syntax in more detail. The course will expose students to different schools within Arabic grammar, along with acquainting them with famous grammarians. Students will complete the course being able to analyze the verses of the Qur’ān grammatically. Lastly, students will apply the rules learned in Hidāyat al-Naḥw by studying the famous anthology of Arabic literature Nafḥat al-'Arab.
ARAB152CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesArabic Lab 1st Year - Level 2This course aims to develop elementary communication skills in Arabic. By the end of the one-year course, a student should be able to engage in simple conversations about familiar topics (speaking and listening comprehension), and read and write simple sentences about familiar topics (reading comprehension and basic writing skills).
ARAB201CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesAdvanced Arabic Syntax: Jāmiʿ al-Durūs al-ʿArabiyyah - Part IThis course consists of a study of the advanced Arabic syntax text Jāmi' al-Durūs al-'Arabiyyah of Muṣṭafā Ghalāyīnī. The text is an exhaustive and systematic study of the detailed rules of Arabic grammar and provides, beyond intermediate level, insight into the exceptions to common grammar rules as well as the divergent opinions of the early Arabic grammarians. Students memorize not only the grammar rules in this course, but also apply the rules through extensive exercises utilizing Qurʾānic verses, Hadith, and Arabic poetry.
ARAB203ElectiveArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesIntroduction to Advanced Arabic Syntax: Ibn Hishām’s Sharḥ qaṭr al-nadā wa ball al-ṣadā IIbn Hishām (d. 761/1360) wrote Sharḥ qaṭr al-nadā as a commentary on his own work, Qaṭr al-nadā. Although, the content of Sharḥ qaṭr al-nadā is very similar to the content of his other famous work on grammar, Sharḥ shudhūr al-dhahab, the structure is clearer and provides more lucid explanations of syntax concepts. The novel structure by which he organized his work laid the foundation for similar works after him, and is still used today. This is a year-long course.
ARAB211CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesIntroduction to Arabic Rhetoric: al-Balāghah al-Wāḍiḥah - Part IThis course surveys the vast field of Arabic rhetoric. Contemporary authors ʿAlī al-Jārim and Muṣṭafā Amīn present rhetorical concepts within each of the three branches of Arabic rhetoric, al-maʿānī, al-bayān, and al-badīʿ, in a methodical and coherent way. Each chapter begins with examples of rhetorical concepts followed by a detailed explanation (al-baḥth) and rules (al-qawāʾid). Thereafter, the text gives an opportunity to practice each concept through an array of different exercises utilizing poetry from different genres as well Qurʾānic verses and hadith.
ARAB251CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesArabic Lab 2nd Year - Level 3This course aims to develop intermediate communication skills in Arabic. Each class students are encouraged to discuss and review in Arabic what they study in other classes. By the end of the one-year course, a student should be able to engage in conversations at the intermediate level, especially about familiar topics (speaking and listening comprehension), and read and write complex sentences, especially about familiar topics (reading comprehension and basic writing skills).
ARAB202CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesAdvanced Arabic Syntax: Jāmiʿ al-Durūs al-ʿArabiyyah - Part IThis course consists of a study of the advanced Arabic syntax text Jāmi' al-Durūs al-'Arabiyyah of Muṣṭafā Ghalāyīnī. The text is an exhaustive and systematic study of the detailed rules of Arabic grammar and provides, beyond intermediate level, insight into the exceptions to common grammar rules as well as the divergent opinions of the early Arabic grammarians. Students memorize not only the grammar rules in this course, but also apply the rules through extensive exercises utilizing Qurʾānic verses, Hadith, and Arabic poetry.
ARAB204ElectiveArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesIntroduction to Advanced Arabic Syntax: Ibn Hishām’s Sharḥ qaṭr al-nadā wa ball al-ṣadā IIIbn Hishām (d. 761/1360) wrote Sharḥ qaṭr al-nadā as a commentary on his own work, Qaṭr al-nadā. Although, the content of Sharḥ qaṭr al-nadā is very similar to the content of his other famous work on grammar, Sharḥ shudhūr al-dhahab, the structure is clearer and provides more lucid explanations of syntax concepts. The novel structure by which he organized his work laid the foundation for similar works after him, and is still used today. This is a year-long course.
ARAB212CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesIntroduction to Arabic Rhetoric al-Balāghah al-Wāḍiḥah - Part IIThis course surveys the vast field of Arabic rhetoric. Contemporary authors ʿAlī al-Jārim and Muṣṭafā Amīn present rhetorical concepts within each of the three branches of Arabic rhetoric, al-maʿānī, al-bayān, and al-badīʿ, in a methodical and coherent way. Each chapter begins with examples of rhetorical concepts followed by a detailed explanation (al-baḥth) and rules (al-qawāʾid). Thereafter, the text gives an opportunity to practice each concept through an array of different exercises utilizing poetry from different genres as well Qurʾānic verses and hadith.
ARAB252CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesArabic Lab 2nd Year - Level 4This course aims to develop intermediate communication skills in Arabic. Each class students are encouraged to discuss and review in Arabic what they study in other classes. By the end of the one-year course, a student should be able to engage in conversations at the intermediate level, especially about familiar topics (speaking and listening comprehension), and read and write complex sentences, especially about familiar topics (reading comprehension and basic writing skills).
ARAB301CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesSelections from Arabic Literature: Mukhtārāt min Adab al-ʿArab - Part IThis course aims to expand students’ understanding of classical Arabic literature and vocabulary, through the study of a selection of writings from various genres and eras of Arabic literature. Students are exposed to a wide range of rhetorical styles and expressions found in hadith texts, historical and prosopographical dictionaries, classical poetry, and modern prose. Through this course, students will be equipped to read, analyze, and translate both classical and contemporary texts.
ARAB351CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesArabic Lab 3rd Year - Level 5This course aims to develop advanced communication skills in Arabic. Each class students discuss and review in Arabic what they study in other classes. By the end of the one-year course, a student should be able to engage in sophisticated conversations, especially about familiar topics, and develop advanced competence in reading and writing, especially about familiar topics.
ARAB302CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesSelections from Arabic Literature: Mukhtārāt min Adab al-ʿArab - Part IIThis course aims to expand students’ understanding of classical Arabic literature and vocabulary, through the study of a selection of writings from various genres and eras of Arabic literature. Students are exposed to a wide range of rhetorical styles and expressions found in ḥadīth texts, historical and prosopographical dictionaries, classical poetry, and modern prose. Through this course, students will be equipped to read, analyze, and translate both classical and contemporary texts.
ARAB352CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesArabic Lab 3rd Year - Level 6This course aims to develop advanced communication skills in Arabic. Each class students discuss and review in Arabic what they study in other classes. By the end of the one-year course, a student should be able to engage in sophisticated conversations, especially about familiar topics, and develop advanced competence in reading and writing, especially about familiar topics.
ARAB451CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesArabic Lab 4th Year - Level 7This course aims to develop very advanced communication skills in Arabic. Each class students discuss and review in Arabic what they study in other classes. Students will also give Arabic oral presentations about selected topics. By the end of the one-year course, a student should be able to engage in sophisticated conversations, and develop advanced competence in reading and writing.
ARAB452CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesArabic Lab 4th Year - Level 8This course aims to develop very advanced communication skills in Arabic. Each class students discuss and review in Arabic what they study in other classes. Students will also give Arabic oral presentations about selected topics. By the end of the one-year course, a student should be able to engage in sophisticated conversations, and develop advanced competence in reading and writing.
ARAB511CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesClassical Arabic Linguistics: Mullah Jāmīʿs al-Fawā'id al-Ḍiyā'iyyahal-Fawā'id al-Ḍiyā'iyyah of Nūr al-Dīn 'Abd al-Raḥmān al-Jāmī (d. 898/1492) has been considered the best commentary of al-Kāfiyah, Ibn al-Ḥājib’s (d. 646/1249) influential compendium of Arabic syntax. In traditional madrasas it is usually taught as the final work of Arabic syntax and is distinguished by Jāmī’s systematic integration of 'ilm al-waḍ' (Arabic semantics) into Arabic syntax. The course begins with a study of an independent treatise in 'ilm al-waḍ' to facilitate understanding Jāmī’s sophisticated approach.
ARAB551CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesArabic Lab 5th Year - Level 9This course surveys Arabic literature from Pre-Islamic to modern times, covering different genres of poetry and prose. The aim is to familiarize students with the characteristics of the Arabic literature of each period and area, and to enable the students to be at ease discussing them orally and in writing.
ARAB552CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesArabic Lab 5th Year - Level 10This course surveys Arabic literature from Pre-Islamic to modern times, covering different genres of poetry and prose. The aim is to familiarize students with the characteristics of the Arabic literature of each period and area, and to enable the students to be at ease discussing them orally and in writing.
ARAB531CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesAdvanced Arabic Rhetoric: Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ and Mukhtaṣar al-Maʿānī - Part IMukhtaṣar al-Ma'ānī is Sa'd al-Dīn al-Taftāzānī’s (d. 792/1390) commentary on Khaṭīb al-Qazwīnī’s (d. 739/1338) Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ, which in turn is a study on the third section of Abū Ya'qūb al-Sakkākī’s (d. 626/1229) Miftāh al-'Ulūm covering ma'ānī (the study of how variations in syntax affect meaning), bayān (the study of figurative language), and badī' (the study of other stylistic devices), the three sub-disciplines of 'ilm al-balāghah (Arabic rhetoric). Using Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ and Mukhtaṣar al-Ma'ānī, the course will teach these three disciplines with the aim of giving students a strong grounding in Arabic rhetoric, so that they have a deeper appreciation of the Noble Qur'ān and the Arabic language. al-Talkhīs and Mukhtaṣar al-Ma'ānī have traditionally been the final works taught on Arabic language and rhetoric in traditional institutions of Islamic higher learning, since students who master these works will be able to do independent research in classical works on Arabic language.
ARAB532CoreArabic and the Instrumental Islamic SciencesAdvanced Arabic Rhetoric: Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ and Mukhtaṣar al-Maʿānī - Part IIMukhtaṣar al-Ma'ānī is Sa'd al-Dīn al-Taftāzānī’s (d. 792/1390) commentary on Khaṭīb al-Qazwīnī’s (d. 739/1338) Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ, which in turn is a study on the third section of Abū Ya'qūb al-Sakkākī’s (d. 626/1229) Miftāh al-'Ulūm covering ma'ānī (the study of how variations in syntax affect meaning), bayān (the study of figurative language), and badī' (the study of other stylistic devices), the three sub-disciplines of 'ilm al-balāghah (Arabic rhetoric). Using Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ and Mukhtaṣar al-Ma'ānī, the course will teach these three disciplines with the aim of giving students a strong grounding in Arabic rhetoric, so that they have a deeper appreciation of the Noble Qur'ān and the Arabic language. al-Talkhīs and Mukhtaṣar al-Ma'ānī have traditionally been the final works taught on Arabic language and rhetoric in traditional institutions of Islamic higher learning, since students who master these works will be able to do independent research in classical works on Arabic language.
Hadith
Course CodeCore or ElectiveDepartmentCourse NameCourse Description
HAD101CoreHadithEthics in the Prophetic Tradition: al-Nawawī’s Riyāḍ al-Ṣāliḥīn IAs a study of Imam Abū Zakariyyā al-Nawawī’s renowned hadith collection on virtues Riyāḍ al-Ṣāliḥīn, the course consists of reading and translating the narrations of the work alongside a brief commentary provided by the instructor. Through this course students are expected not only to understand and memorize hadith of everyday importance, but also to use the Prophetic traditions to strengthen their Arabic vocabulary and grammar.
HAD102CoreHadithEthics in the Prophetic Tradition: al-Nawawī’s Riyāḍ al-Ṣāliḥīn IIAs a study of Imam Abū Zakariyyā al-Nawawī’s renowned hadith collection on virtues Riyāḍ al-Ṣāliḥīn, the course consists of reading and translating the narrations of the work alongside a brief commentary provided by the instructor. Through this course students are expected not only to understand and memorize hadith of everyday importance, but also to use the Prophetic traditions to strengthen their Arabic vocabulary and grammar.
HAD301CoreHadithIntroduction to Hadith Methodology and LiteratureThis course is an introductory study of the terminology and methodology of the hadith sciences. The course first tackles al-Manẓūmah al-Bayqūniyyah, a concise poem on hadith terminology (muṣtalaḥ), followed by a complete reading of a similarly introductory text, such as 'Abd al-Ḥaqq al-Dihlawī’s (d. 1052/1642) Muqaddamah fī Uṣūl al-Ḥadīth. The study of hadith terminology and methodology is supplemented with later lectures and readings in the history of hadith compilation and its literature.
HAD302CoreHadithIntroduction to the Hadith SciencesThis course analyzes the intermediate-level hadith sciences text Nuẓhat al-Naẓar of Ibn Ḥajar al-ʿAsqalānī (d. 852/1449), expanding the study of the hadith sciences beyond terminology and into subfields such as narrator criticism (jarḥ wa taʿdīl), prosopography (rijāl), and the ethics of hadith reception and transmission. Students will be expected to analyze the text critically using glosses and commentaries written by the author’s own students Qāsim b. Quṭlūbghā (d. 879/1474) and al-Kamāl Ibn Abī Sharīf (d. 906/1501). Students will additionally be taught to explore and access various genres of hadith works, especially the glossaries, indexes, dictionaries, and catalogs unique to the field.
HAD401CoreHadithReading the Hadith: al-Tibrīzī’s Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ IThe course consists of an extensive study of the six-thousand plus hadith texts (mutūn) found in Imam al-Tibrīzī’s (d. 737/) hadith super-collection Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ. The course provides a thorough and critical analysis of the theological, legal, and ethical rules derived from its narrations as well as their historical authenticity. Through the study of a work that collects hadith of not only the six canonical Ṣaḥīḥ works but also those of Imams Mālik, Aḥmad, al-Dārimī, al-Bayhaqī, al-Dāraquṭnī, and Razīn, students are given a thorough exposure to the Islamic understanding (al-mafhūm al-Islāmī) found in hadith literature.
HAD402CoreHadithReading the Hadith: al-Tibrīzī’s Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ IIThe course consists of an extensive study of the six-thousand plus hadith texts (mutūn) found in Imam al-Tibrīzī’s (d. 737/) hadith super-collection Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ. The course provides a thorough and critical analysis of the theological, legal, and ethical rules derived from its narrations as well as their historical authenticity. Through the study of a work that collects hadith of not only the six canonical Ṣaḥīḥ works but also those of Imams Mālik, Aḥmad, al-Dārimī, al-Bayhaqī, al-Dāraquṭnī, and Razīn, students are given a thorough exposure to the Islamic understanding (al-mafhūm al-Islāmī) found in hadith literature.
HAD403CoreHadithReading the Hadith: al-Tibrīzī’s Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ IIIThe course consists of an extensive study of the six-thousand plus hadith texts (mutūn) found in Imam al-Tibrīzī’s (d. 737/) hadith super-collection Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ. The course provides a thorough and critical analysis of the theological, legal, and ethical rules derived from its narrations as well as their historical authenticity. Through the study of a work that collects hadith of not only the six canonical Ṣaḥīḥ works but also those of Imams Mālik, Aḥmad, al-Dārimī, al-Bayhaqī, al-Dāraquṭnī, and Razīn, students are given a thorough exposure to the Islamic understanding (al-mafhūm al-Islāmī) found in hadith literature.
HAD404CoreHadithReading the Hadith: al-Tibrīzī’s Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ IVThe course consists of an extensive study of the six-thousand plus hadith texts (mutūn) found in Imam al-Tibrīzī’s (d. 737/) hadith super-collection Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ. The course provides a thorough and critical analysis of the theological, legal, and ethical rules derived from its narrations as well as their historical authenticity. Through the study of a work that collects hadith of not only the six canonical Ṣaḥīḥ works but also those of Imams Mālik, Aḥmad, al-Dārimī, al-Bayhaqī, al-Dāraquṭnī, and Razīn, students are given a thorough exposure to the Islamic understanding (al-mafhūm al-Islāmī) found in hadith literature.
HAD501CoreHadithStudies in Early Legal Hadith Discourse: Abū Ḥanīfah and Mālik IThis course is an intensive analysis of the earliest legal arguments from hadith, in particular those employed by the preeminent jurists of the first and second centuries: Imams Abū Ḥanīfah, Mālik, Abū Yūsuf, and Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan al-Shaybānī. Particular emphasis is devoted to legal arguments found in the transmissions of Mālik’s al-Muwaṭṭā through Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan and Yaḥyā b. Yahyā al-Laythī, but readings in Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan’s Kitāb al-Ḥujjah, Abū Ḥanīfah’s Kitāb al-Āthār, and al-Khawārizimī’s Jāmi' Masānīd al-Imām al-Aʿẓam are also included. Considerable attention will be given to understanding the different approaches of the Ahl al-Ra'y (jurists) and Ahl al-Ḥadīth (hadith transmitters) as well as those between the early (Ḥanafī and Mālikī) and later (Shāfi'ī and Ḥanbalī) juridical schools.
HAD511CoreHadithḤanafīs and Textual Authority: Reading al-Ṭaḥāwī’s Sharḥ Maʿānī al-Āthār IThe bifurcation of the juridical schools along the lines of Ahl al-Ḥadīth (hadith transmitters) and Ahl al-Raʾy (jurists) was largely a consequence of claims from the former that the latter’s overuse of legal reasoning (raʾy) resulted in a neglect of clear and established hadith evidence. Imam Abū Ja'far al-Ṭaḥāwī addresses this claim in a monumental hadith collection, Sharḥ Ma'ānī al-Āthār, that serves as one of the earliest expansive hadith-based defense of the positions of Imam Abū Ḥanīfah and his followers. A thorough reading of the work will introduce students not only to the specific textual proofs of the Ḥanafī school but also the wide range of juristic reasoning and principles (uṣūl) employed therein.
HAD521CoreHadithA Study of Legal Traditions: Sunan al-Tirmidhī - Part IThe sunan genre of hadith literature primarily focuses on the evidence early Muslim jurists used in their arguments. This course examines the Sunan of Muḥammad b. ʿĪsā al-Tirmidhī (d. 279/892) from both a jurisprudential and a critical historical perspective, explaining the use of each hadith in support of a variety of legal positions but also exploring the grading of the hadith by the author and other classical hadith scholars.
HAD502CoreHadithStudies in Early Legal Hadith Discourse: Abū Ḥanīfah and Mālik IIThis course is an intensive analysis of the earliest legal arguments from hadith, in particular those employed by the preeminent jurists of the first and second centuries: Imams Abū Ḥanīfah, Mālik, Abū Yūsuf, and Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan al-Shaybānī. Particular emphasis is devoted to legal arguments found in the transmissions of Mālik’s al-Muwaṭṭā through Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan and Yaḥyā b. Yahyā al-Laythī, but readings in Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan’s Kitāb al-Ḥujjah, Abū Ḥanīfah’s Kitāb al-Āthār, and al-Khawārizimī’s Jāmi' Masānīd al-Imām al-Aʿẓam are also included. Considerable attention will be given to understanding the different approaches of the Ahl al-Ra'y (jurists) and Ahl al-Ḥadīth (hadith transmitters) as well as those between the early (Ḥanafī and Mālikī) and later (Shāfi'ī and Ḥanbalī) juridical schools.
HAD512CoreHadithḤanafīs and Textual Authority: Reading al-Ṭaḥāwī’s Sharḥ Maʿānī al-Āthār IIThe bifurcation of the juridical schools along the lines of Ahl al-Ḥadīth (hadith transmitters) and Ahl al-Raʾy (jurists) was largely a consequence of claims from the former that the latter’s overuse of legal reasoning (raʾy) resulted in a neglect of clear and established hadith evidence. Imam Abū Ja'far al-Ṭaḥāwī addresses this claim in a monumental hadith collection, Sharḥ Ma'ānī al-Āthār, that serves as one of the earliest expansive hadith-based defense of the positions of Imam Abū Ḥanīfah and his followers. A thorough reading of the work will introduce students not only to the specific textual proofs of the Ḥanafī school but also the wide range of juristic reasoning and principles (uṣūl) employed therein.
HAD522CoreHadithA Study of Legal Traditions: Sunan Abī Dāwūd - Part IThe sunan genre of hadith literature primarily focuses on the evidence early Muslim jurists used in their arguments. This course examines the Sunan of Abū Dāwūd al-Sijistānī (d. 204/819) from both a jurisprudential and a critical historical perspective, explaining the use of each hadith in support of a variety of legal positions as well as exploring the grading of the hadith by the author and other classical hadith scholars.
HAD531CoreHadithReadings in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, Parts Ial-Jāmiʿ al-Ṣaḥīḥ of Muḥammad b. Ismāʿīl al-Bukhārī (d. 256/870) is undoubtedly the most celebrated and authenticated of the primary hadith collections. This course will study the work with a dual focus on the hadith content as well as the author’s unique interpretive reasoning provided in the rich chapter headings (tarājim al-abwāb). Lectures on the text will be complemented with independent guided readings of the work’s various commentaries.
HAD541CoreHadithReadings in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, Parts IThis course explores the Ṣaḥīḥ work of Muslim b. al-Ḥajjāj al-Qushayrī (d. 261/875), focusing first on the discussions of historical methodology in the book’s prolegomena (muqaddamah), and then on the rich theological, legal, ethical, spiritual, eschatological, and historical issues derived from the hadith content. Students will also seek to appreciate the author’s unique skill in the arrangement of the hadith and in the presentation of the chains of transmitters.
HAD551CoreHadithIntroduction to Hadith Source Criticism: Grading Reports in Ibn Mājah’s SunanThis course introduces students to the critical analysis of hadith reporters and chains through an elaborate study of the zawā'id reports of Ibn Mājah’s Sunan, i.e. the reports unique to Ibn Mājah’s Sunan and not found in any of the other six canonical hadith collections, the Ṣaḥīḥs of al-Bukhārī and Muslim and the Sunan works of al-Nasāʾī, Abū Dāwūd, and al-Tirmidhī. While students will analyze both the hadith texts and chains, particular focus is placed on the critical analysis of hadith narrators and the evaluation of their narrations. Thus, students will be introduced to a practical study of ʿilm al-rijāl (the science of narrative biographies) through the study of a canonical hadith text.
HAD532CoreHadithReadings in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, Parts IIal-Jāmiʿ al-Ṣaḥīḥ of Muḥammad b. Ismāʿīl al-Bukhārī (d. 256/870) is undoubtedly the most celebrated and authenticated of the primary hadith collections. This course will study the work with a dual focus on the hadith content as well as the author’s unique interpretive reasoning provided in the rich chapter headings (tarājim al-abwāb). Lectures on the text will be complemented with independent guided readings of the work’s various commentaries.
HAD542CoreHadithReadings in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, Parts IIThis course explores the Ṣaḥīḥ work of Muslim b. al-Ḥajjāj al-Qushayrī (d. 261/875), focusing first on the discussions of historical methodology in the book’s prolegomena (muqaddamah), and then on the rich theological, legal, ethical, spiritual, eschatological, and historical issues derived from the hadith content. Students will also seek to appreciate the author’s unique skill in the arrangement of the hadith and in the presentation of the chains of transmitters.
HAD552CoreHadithHadith Chain Analysis: A Sanad Reading of Sunan al-NasāʾīThis course consists of a thorough study of select portions of the Sunan of Imam Abū 'Abd al-Raḥmān al-Nasāʾī (d. 302/915), a work known for its special attention given to the discovery of hidden elements in hadith chains. Through the study of these chapters, students will be introduced to the sciences of hadith sourcing and comparative chain analysis ('ilm al-takhrīj wa dirāsat al-asānīd). While seeking to understand and appreciate the complexity of chain mapping, the jurisprudential aspects of the hadith texts will also be analyzed in light of the positions and arguments of the eminent masters of the field.
Islamic Law
Course CodeCore or ElectiveDepartmentCourse NameCourse Description
LAW101CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Ḥanafī Legal Compendia: Qudūrī’s al-Mukhtaṣar - Part IThe course consists of a detailed study of al-Qudūrī’s (d. 428/1036) al-Mukhtaṣar, introducing students to masā'il (legal cases) in all abwāb fiqhiyyah (juristic chapters). Within the Ḥanafī school, al-Mukhtaṣar is known simply as al-Kitāb (The Book) due to its immense influence and authority. The text is distinguished by the clarity of its language, and by being concise and comprehensive at the same time.
LAW102CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Ḥanafī Legal Compendia: Qudūrī’s al-Mukhtaṣar - Part IIThe course consists of a detailed study of al-Qudūrī’s (d. 428/1036) al-Mukhtaṣar, introducing students to masā'il (legal cases) in all abwāb fiqhiyyah (juristic chapters). Within the Ḥanafī school, al-Mukhtaṣar is known simply as al-Kitāb (The Book) due to its immense influence and authority. The text is distinguished by the clarity of its language, and by being concise and comprehensive at the same time.
LAW201CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Ikhtiyār li-taʿlīl al-Mukhtār - Part Ial-Ikhtiyār is Abd Allāh b. Mahmud al-Mawṣilī’s (d. 683/1284) own commentary on his legal compendium al-Mukhtār, which is considered one of the foundational texts of the Ḥanafī school. The course consists of an intensive study of this commentary which introduces the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing evidence based on transmission and thought for each legal opinion. al-Ikhtiyār, which is distinguished by its lucid language, is also a work of tarjīḥ (legal preference) in that it identifies the opinions according to which fatwas are issued. The aim of this course is to investigate the relationship between Islamic legal sources of evidence and legal rulings.
LAW211CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah - Part IFatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah, also known popularly as Sharḥ al-Nuqāyah, is the masterful commentary of Mullā ʿAlī b. Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605) on Ṣadr al-Sharīʿah ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd al-Maḥbūbī’s legal text al-Nuqāyah, one of the reliable legal texts (mutūn) of the Ḥanafī school. Al-Qārī’s work is distinguished by its masterful amalgam of legal discussions from the various renowned commentaries on Imam al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah, including Ibn al-Humām’s Fatḥ al-Qadīr and al-Zaylaʿī’s Naṣb al-Rāyah. This course consists of an intensive study of this commentary and aims to introduce the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing transmitted and analytical evidence for the legal opinions of the Ḥanafī school.
LAW221CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Maḥbūbī’s Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah
- Part I
The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbaid Allāh b. Masʿūd (d. 747/1346) in his Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah comments on his grandfather’s (Tāj al-Sharīʿah) al-Wiqāyah. Each legal issue and its ruling are coupled with proof from either primary sources of Islamic law or deduced maxims. The author also weighs multiple opinions within the school and offers his preferences. This study prepares students to the study of al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah at the advanced level.
LAW231CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Islamic Legal Methodology: al-Farfūr’s al-Zād min Uṣūl al-Fiqh al-IslamīThe course is a primer for Usūl al-Fiqh (Principles of Jurisprudence). Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Farfur’s (1945-2014) al-Zād min Uṣūl al-Fiqh al-Islamī introduces the student to the major themes and terminologies of the field, citing examples of application. The book’s well organized chapters make it a perfect fit for beginner level students.
LAW202CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Ikhtiyār li-taʿlīl al-mukhtār - Part IIal-Ikhtiyār is Abd Allāh b. Mahmud al-Mawṣilī’s (d. 683/1284) own commentary on his legal compendium al-Mukhtār, which is considered one of the foundational texts of the Ḥanafī school. The course consists of an intensive study of this commentary which introduces the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing evidence based on transmission and thought for each legal opinion. al-Ikhtiyār, which is distinguished by its lucid language, is also a work of tarjīḥ (legal preference) in that it identifies the opinions according to which fatwas are issued. The aim of this course is to investigate the relationship between Islamic legal sources of evidence and legal rulings.
LAW212CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah - Part IIIFatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah, also known popularly as Sharḥ al-Nuqāyah, is the masterful commentary of Mullā ʿAlī b. Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605) on Ṣadr al-Sharīʿah ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd al-Maḥbūbī’s legal text al-Nuqāyah, one of the reliable legal texts (mutūn) of the Ḥanafī school. Al-Qārī’s work is distinguished by its masterful amalgam of legal discussions from the various renowned commentaries on Imam al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah, including Ibn al-Humām’s Fatḥ al-Qadīr and al-Zaylaʿī’s Naṣb al-Rāyah. This course consists of an intensive study of this commentary and aims to introduce the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing transmitted and analytical evidence for the legal opinions of the Ḥanafī school.
LAW222CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Maḥbūbī’s Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah
- Part II
The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbaid Allāh b. Masʿūd (d. 747/1346) in his Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah comments on his grandfather’s (Tāj al-Sharīʿah) al-Wiqāyah. Each legal issue and its ruling are coupled with proof from either primary sources of Islamic law or deduced maxims. The author also weighs multiple opinions within the school and offers his preferences. This study prepares students to the study of al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah at the advanced level.
LAW241CoreIslamic LawIslamic Legal Methodology: Ifāḍat al-Anwār Sharḥ al-Manār - Part IThe course consists of an intensive study of 'Alā al-Dīn Muḥammad b. 'Alī al-Ḥiṣnī al-Ḥaṣkafī’s (d.1088/1677) Ifāḍat al-Anwār which is a commentary on the influential text of Islamic jurisprudence al-Manār of Ḥafiẓ al-Dīn Abū l-Barakāt 'Abd Allāh b. Aḥmad al-Nasafī (d. 710/1310). The text and the commentary cover all the major topics of Islamic legal methodology according to the Ḥanafī school. Ḥaskafī’s commentary is distinguished by being one of the most concise commentaries on al-Manār and summarizes the insights of previous commentaries. The aim of the course is to teach students concepts and principles of Islamic legal methodology in detail with examples to enable them to do further research in the field. Students are recommended to use editions that have Ibn 'Ābidīn’s gloss Nasamāt al-Asḥār and get a copy of Ibn Malak’s Sharḥ al-Manār for reference. This course is offered in three semesters at the undergraduate level or two semesters at the graduate level.
LAW301CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Ikhtiyār li-taʿlīl al-mukhtār - Part IIIal-Ikhtiyār is Abd Allāh b. Mahmud al-Mawṣilī’s (d. 683/1284) own commentary on his legal compendium al-Mukhtār, which is considered one of the foundational texts of the Ḥanafī school. The course consists of an intensive study of this commentary which introduces the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing evidence based on transmission and thought for each legal opinion. al-Ikhtiyār, which is distinguished by its lucid language, is also a work of tarjīḥ (legal preference) in that it identifies the opinions according to which fatwas are issued. The aim of this course is to investigate the relationship between Islamic legal sources of evidence and legal rulings.
LAW311CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah - Part IIIFatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah, also known popularly as Sharḥ al-Nuqāyah, is the masterful commentary of Mullā ʿAlī b. Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605) on Ṣadr al-Sharīʿah ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd al-Maḥbūbī’s legal text al-Nuqāyah, one of the reliable legal texts (mutūn) of the Ḥanafī school. Al-Qārī’s work is distinguished by its masterful amalgam of legal discussions from the various renowned commentaries on Imam al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah, including Ibn al-Humām’s Fatḥ al-Qadīr and al-Zaylaʿī’s Naṣb al-Rāyah. This course consists of an intensive study of this commentary and aims to introduce the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing transmitted and analytical evidence for the legal opinions of the Ḥanafī school.
LAW321CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Maḥbūbī’s Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah
- Part III
The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbaid Allāh b. Masʿūd (d. 747/1346) in his Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah comments on his grandfather’s (Tāj al-Sharīʿah) al-Wiqāyah. Each legal issue and its ruling are coupled with proof from either primary sources of Islamic law or deduced maxims. The author also weighs multiple opinions within the school and offers his preferences. This study prepares students to the study of al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah at the advanced level.
LAW331CoreIslamic LawIslamic Legal Methodology: Ifāḍat al-Anwār Sharḥ al-Manār - Part IIThe course consists of an intensive study of 'Alā al-Dīn Muḥammad b. 'Alī al-Ḥiṣnī al-Ḥaṣkafī’s (d.1088/1677) Ifāḍat al-Anwār which is a commentary on the influential text of Islamic jurisprudence al-Manār of Ḥafiẓ al-Dīn Abū l-Barakāt 'Abd Allāh b. Aḥmad al-Nasafī (d. 710/1310). The text and the commentary cover all the major topics of Islamic legal methodology according to the Ḥanafī school. Ḥaskafī’s commentary is distinguished by being one of the most concise commentaries on al-Manār and summarizes the insights of previous commentaries. The aim of the course is to teach students concepts and principles of Islamic legal methodology in detail with examples to enable them to do further research in the field. Students are recommended to use editions that have Ibn 'Ābidīn’s gloss Nasamāt al-Asḥār and get a copy of Ibn Malak’s Sharḥ al-Manār for reference. This course is offered in three semesters at the undergraduate level or two semesters at the graduate level.
LAW302CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Ikhtiyār li-taʿlīl al-mukhtār - Part IVal-Ikhtiyār is Abd Allāh b. Mahmud al-Mawṣilī’s (d. 683/1284) own commentary on his legal compendium al-Mukhtār, which is considered one of the foundational texts of the Ḥanafī school. The course consists of an intensive study of this commentary which introduces the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing evidence based on transmission and thought for each legal opinion. al-Ikhtiyār, which is distinguished by its lucid language, is also a work of tarjīḥ (legal preference) in that it identifies the opinions according to which fatwas are issued. The aim of this course is to investigate the relationship between Islamic legal sources of evidence and legal rulings..
LAW312CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah - Part IVFatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah, also known popularly as Sharḥ al-Nuqāyah, is the masterful commentary of Mullā ʿAlī b. Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605) on Ṣadr al-Sharīʿah ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd al-Maḥbūbī’s legal text al-Nuqāyah, one of the reliable legal texts (mutūn) of the Ḥanafī school. Al-Qārī’s work is distinguished by its masterful amalgam of legal discussions from the various renowned commentaries on Imam al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah, including Ibn al-Humām’s Fatḥ al-Qadīr and al-Zaylaʿī’s Naṣb al-Rāyah. This course consists of an intensive study of this commentary and aims to introduce the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing transmitted and analytical evidence for the legal opinions of the Ḥanafī school.
LAW322CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Maḥbūbī’s Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah
- Part IV
The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbaid Allāh b. Masʿūd (d. 747/1346) in his Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah comments on his grandfather’s (Tāj al-Sharīʿah) al-Wiqāyah. Each legal issue and its ruling are coupled with proof from either primary sources of Islamic law or deduced maxims. The author also weighs multiple opinions within the school and offers his preferences. This study prepares students to the study of al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah at the advanced level.
LAW332CoreIslamic LawIslamic Legal Methodology: Ifāḍat al-Anwār Sharḥ al-Manār - Part IIIThe course consists of an intensive study of 'Alā al-Dīn Muḥammad b. 'Alī al-Ḥiṣnī al-Ḥaṣkafī’s (d.1088/1677) Ifāḍat al-Anwār which is a commentary on the influential text of Islamic jurisprudence al-Manār of Ḥafiẓ al-Dīn Abū l-Barakāt 'Abd Allāh b. Aḥmad al-Nasafī (d. 710/1310). The text and the commentary cover all the major topics of Islamic legal methodology according to the Ḥanafī school. Ḥaskafī’s commentary is distinguished by being one of the most concise commentaries on al-Manār and summarizes the insights of previous commentaries. The aim of the course is to teach students concepts and principles of Islamic legal methodology in detail with examples to enable them to do further research in the field. Students are recommended to use editions that have Ibn 'Ābidīn’s gloss Nasamāt al-Asḥār and get a copy of Ibn Malak’s Sharḥ al-Manār for reference. This course is offered in three semesters at the undergraduate level or two semesters at the graduate level.
LAW401CoreIslamic LawAdvanced Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah Volume 1 and 2
- Part I
al-Marghīnānī’s (d. 593/1196) al-Hidāyah empowers the student with a comprehensive understanding of each legal issue through delving into textual and rational evidence. al-Marghīnānī furthers the discourse at times by mentioning similar rulings or drawing the student’s attention to subtle differences between apparently similar cases. The author also presents opposing opinions from both within and outside the Ḥanafī legal school. The discourse is concluded by answering the objections of the opposition by transmitted evidence or legal maxims. al-Hidāyah has enjoyed special attention throughout the ages. The various commentaries and notes on the work ease the student’s journey.
LAW402CoreIslamic LawAdvanced Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah Volume 1 and 2
- Part II
al-Marghīnānī’s (d. 593/1196) al-Hidāyah empowers the student with a comprehensive understanding of each legal issue through delving into textual and rational evidence. al-Marghīnānī furthers the discourse at times by mentioning similar rulings or drawing the student’s attention to subtle differences between apparently similar cases. The author also presents opposing opinions from both within and outside the Ḥanafī legal school. The discourse is concluded by answering the objections of the opposition by transmitted evidence or legal maxims. al-Hidāyah has enjoyed special attention throughout the ages. The various commentaries and notes on the work ease the student’s journey.
LAW501CoreIslamic LawAdvanced Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah Volume 3 and 4
- Part I
al-Marghīnānī’s (d. 593/1196) al-Hidāyah empowers the student with a comprehensive understanding of each legal issue through delving into textual and rational evidence. al-Marghīnānī furthers the discourse at times by mentioning similar rulings or drawing the student’s attention to subtle differences between apparently similar cases. The author also presents opposing opinions from both within and outside the Ḥanafī legal school. The discourse is concluded by answering the objections of the opposition by transmitted evidence or legal maxims. al-Hidāyah has enjoyed special attention throughout the ages. The various commentaries and notes on the work ease the student’s journey.
LAW502CoreIslamic LawAdvanced Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah Volume 3 and 4
- Part II
al-Marghīnānī’s (d. 593/1196) al-Hidāyah empowers the student with a comprehensive understanding of each legal issue through delving into textual and rational evidence. al-Marghīnānī furthers the discourse at times by mentioning similar rulings or drawing the student’s attention to subtle differences between apparently similar cases. The author also presents opposing opinions from both within and outside the Ḥanafī legal school. The discourse is concluded by answering the objections of the opposition by transmitted evidence or legal maxims. al-Hidāyah has enjoyed special attention throughout the ages. The various commentaries and notes on the work ease the student’s journey.
LAW511CoreIslamic LawIntroduction to Islamic Legal Maxims: Qawāʿid al-MajallahMajallat al-Aḥkām al-'Adliyyah, which was composed between 1868-1876 by a committee of jurists led by Ahmet Cevdet Pasha (d. 1895), the justice minister of the Ottoman Empire, is significant as the first codification of Islamic law in Islamic legal history. The work begins with an introduction that comprises one hundred articles, the first of which is a definition of Islamic law while the remaining ninety-nine are Islamic legal maxims. This course aims to introduce the student to the field of Islamic legal maxims through a detailed study of the legal maxims of the Majallah based upon Ali Haydar Efendi’s (d. 1353/1935) Durar al-Ḥukkām fī Sharḥ Majallat al-Aḥkām, which is considered one of the best commentaries of the Majallah.
Qur'anic Studies and Recitation
Course CodeCore or ElectiveDepartmentCourse NameCourse Description
QUR101CoreQurʾānic Studies and RecitationIntroduction to Tajwīd: al-Muqaddamah al-JazariyyahThe course consists of an in-depth study of al-Muqaddamah al-Jazarariyyah of Imam al-Jazarī (d. 833/1430), which introduces students to the philosophy and norms of tajwīd (rules of recitation of the Qur’ān). All topics of tajwīd are covered at an advanced level. This course also explores the different opinions on certain rules of tajwīd. Imam Jazarī’s work is one that is studied worldwide and is considered a must-study text for any serious student of the Qur’ān.
QUR102CoreQurʾānic Studies and RecitationHistory of the Qurʾānic TextIn this course, students will examine the evolution of the Qurʾānic text from the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) until the present day. The in-depth analysis will explore differences between modern-day Arabic writing and classical Arabic. Students will also conduct a detailed study of the principles that govern the Qurʾānic script. Lastly, students will gain an appreciation for the Qurʾānic script and its history by learning the codification of variant readings.
QUR201CoreQurʾānic Studies and RecitationTranslation of the Qurʾān: Tarjumah al-Qur’ānThis course consists of an in-depth study of the last thirty chapters of the Noble Qur’ān. Students will study the grammatical and rhetorical analysis of these chapters as well as being presented with an introduction to their exegesis. The main text that will be used in this class is I'rāb al-Qur'ān of Muḥyī al-Dīn al-Dirwīshī (d. 1402/1982).
QUR202CoreQurʾānic Studies and RecitationIntroduction to the Exegesis of the Noble Qurʾān: Ṣafwat al-TafāsīrIn this course students will thoroughly study the contemporary commentary on the Noble Qurʾān Ṣafwat al-Tafāsīr by Muḥammad ʿAlī al-Ṣābūnī. In his work, the author transmits information from influential texts of exegesis such as al-Kashshāf, Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr, and others, succinctly discussing the necessary details of each verse of the Noble Qurʾān and the connection between the verses. These details provide the students the knowledge they need to understand each verse. Furthermore, the author also offers important notes about the rhetorical devices in the verses and explores subtleties that can be extracted from the wording of the Noble Qurʾān. The course aims to introduce the students to the breadth and depth of the scholarship on the Noble Qurʾān and to allow the student to have a greater appreciation for the language of the Noble Qurʾān.
QUR301CoreQurʾānic Studies and RecitationIntroduction to Principles of Qurʾānic Exegesis: Shāh Walī Allāh’s al-Fawz al-Kabīr fī Uṣūl al-TafsīrThis course comprises a thorough study of Shāh Walī Allāh’s (d. 1175/1762) al-Fawz al-Kabīr fī Uṣūl al-Tafsīr. The text, which was originally written in Persian, consists of five chapters. Each chapter elucidates principles and precepts needed to understand the science of Tafsīr (Qurˀānic exegesis) and Uṣūl al-Tafsīr (Qurˀānic hermeneutics). The objectives of the course include introducing the student to the circumstances of revelation (asbāb al-nuzūl), abrogating and abrogated verses (al-nāṣikh wa l-manṣūkh) and the unusual words and phrases of the Noble Qurˀān (gharāʾib al-Qurˀān). Though the text is brief, it is considered one of the best compilations prepared on the subject due to its scope which concisely elucidates concepts required to comprehend the subtleties of Tafsir.
QUR302CoreQurʾānic Studies and RecitationThematic Study of the Noble QurʾānThe Qurˀānic themes are about guiding human beings to success in this world and salvation in the hereafter. These themes are distributed throughout the Qurˀān in various sūrahs (chapters). The objective of this course is to introduce the student to these themes so that they have a holistic and comprehensive understanding of the Noble Qurˀān. As the course introduces several āyāt (verses) from the Noble Qurˀān under the umbrella of the theme, the student will translate those āyāt while understanding the morphology, syntax, and philological underpinnings that indicate the meanings of those āyāt within the themes.
QUR401CoreQurʾānic Studies and RecitationConcise Qurʾānic Exegesis: Tafsīr al-Jalālayn - Part IThe exegesis of the two Jalāls (al-Jalālayn)—Jalāl al-Dīn al-Maḥallī (d. 864/1459) and his student the famous polymath Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī (d. 911/1505)— is one of the most well-known works of exegesis in the Islamic world. Tafsīr al-Jalālayn uses a number of different approaches to explaining the Qur'ānic text. These include linguistic commentary, legal commentary, and Qur'ānic exegesis through the Qur'ān (tafsīr al-Qur'ān bi-l-Qur'ān). The authors sought to remove any obstacles to understanding any word in the Divine Text so that the reader might recite the Qur'ān and immediately understand, at least, its literal meaning.
QUR402CoreQurʾānic Studies and RecitationConcise Qurʾānic Exegesis: Tafsīr al-Jalālayn - Part IIThe exegesis of the two Jalāls (al-Jalālayn)—Jalāl al-Dīn al-Maḥallī (d. 864/1459) and his student the famous polymath Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī (d. 911/1505)— is one of the most well-known works of exegesis in the Islamic world. Tafsīr al-Jalālayn uses a number of different approaches to explaining the Qur'ānic text. These include linguistic commentary, legal commentary, and Qur'ānic exegesis through the Qur'ān (tafsīr al-Qur'ān bi-l-Qur'ān). The authors sought to remove any obstacles to understanding any word in the Divine Text so that the reader might recite the Qur'ān and immediately understand, at least, its literal meaning.
Theology
Course CodeCore or ElectiveDepartmentCourse NameCourse Description
THEO101CoreTheologyIntroduction to Theology: al-ʿAqīdah al-ṬaḥāwiyyahThis course consists of an in-depth study of al-'Aqīdah al-Ṭaḥāwiyyah of Imam al-Ṭaḥāwī (d. 321/933) and introduces students to the tenets of Islamic creed in light of the Qur’ān and the Sunnah. It also highlights the historical emergence of heterodox sects and the flaws within their creeds. Imam Ṭaḥāwī’s work has been accepted as one of the main references for understanding the Islamic creed.
THEO102CoreTheologyIntermediate Islamic Theology: Ḍawʾ al-MaʿālīIn this course students will study Ḍawʾ al-Maʿālī, a commentary on the well-known creed Badʾ al-Amālī of Sirāj al-Dīn al-Ūshī (d. 569/1174) written by Mulla ʿAlī al-Qārī (d.1014/1605). Through this text students will become reacclimated to the core tenets of the Islamic faith. Studying the text will introduce students to more advanced details of creed, thus allowing the students to gain the ability to understand these tenets to a greater extent.
THEO401CoreTheologyIntroduction to Advanced Dialectic Theology: al-Taftāzānī’s Sharḥ al-'Aqāʿid - Part IThe course consists of an intensive study of Sharḥ al-'Aqā'id al-Nasafiyyah of al-Taftāzānī (d.793/1390) to introduce students to concepts and methodology of advanced works of Kalām (dialectic theology). Taftāzānī’s work is a commentary on the influential creed of the Ḥanafī theologian Najm al-Dīn Abū Ḥafṣ 'Umar al-Nasafī (d. 537/1142) and is distinguished by the impartiality and sophistication of its critique of theological arguments based on reason.
THEO402CoreTheologyIntroduction to Advanced Dialectic Theology: al-Taftāzānī’s Sharḥ al-'Aqāʿid - Part IIThe course consists of an intensive study of Sharḥ al-'Aqā'id al-Nasafiyyah of al-Taftāzānī (d.793/1390) to introduce students to concepts and methodology of advanced works of Kalām (dialectic theology). Taftāzānī’s work is a commentary on the influential creed of the Ḥanafī theologian Najm al-Dīn Abū Ḥafṣ 'Umar al-Nasafī (d. 537/1142) and is distinguished by the impartiality and sophistication of its critique of theological arguments based on reason.
THEO531CoreTheologyComparative Dialectic Theology: Abū Muʿīn al-Nasafī’s Tabṣirat al-Adillah - Part IThe course consists of an intensive study of Abū Mu'īn Maymūn b. Muḥammad al-Nasafī’s (d. 508/1115) Tabṣirat al-Adillah fī Uṣūl al-Dīn, one of the most important works of the Māturīdī school of Islamic theology reflecting the understanding of the scholars of Samarqand. Nasafī discusses in detail issues on which Islamic theological schools and Muslim sects differ, presenting and evaluating the evidence for the positions of each group. Nasafī also strives to show that Māturīdī theology is firmly grounded in the theological thought of Abū Ḥanīfah (d. 150/767). The objective of the course is to give the students a deeper understanding of the Māturīdī school in particular and Islamic comparative theology in general.
THEO598ElectiveTheologyIndependent Study in Theology and Theological MethodologyThe course is for students who want to conduct an independent study on theological issues and works.
THEO599CoreTheologyThesis Research and MethodologyThesis research and methodology requirement for completion of a thesis at the Master's level program
THEO532CoreTheologyComparative Dialectic Theology: Abū Muʿīn al-Nasafī’s Tabṣirat al-Adillah - Part IIThe course consists of an intensive study of Abū Mu'īn Maymūn b. Muḥammad al-Nasafī’s (d. 508/1115) Tabṣirat al-Adillah fī Uṣūl al-Dīn, one of the most important works of the Māturīdī school of Islamic theology reflecting the understanding of the scholars of Samarqand. Nasafī discusses in detail issues on which Islamic theological schools and Muslim sects differ, presenting and evaluating the evidence for the positions of each group. Nasafī also strives to show that Māturīdī theology is firmly grounded in the theological thought of Abū Ḥanīfah (d. 150/767). The objective of the course is to give the students a deeper understanding of the Māturīdī school in particular and Islamic comparative theology in general.

Pre-Collegiate Level Courses


Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Program
Course Code Core or Elective Department Course Name Course Description
PCS101 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Arabic Morphology – Part I The focus and concentration at the entry-level will primarily be on Ṣarf (morphology) as a requirement to understanding Naḥw (syntax). Students will learn the categories of trilteral verbs, 3 root letters plus extra letter verbs. and hamzated words.
PCS111 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Beginners Arabic Syntax – Part I This course introduces students to the essentials of Arabic syntax (naḥw) through the study of a primer grammar text. The course aids the students in understanding and applying all the core Arabic grammar rules through textual study and supplementary exercise questions. By the end of the course, students will be able identify/analyze the different nouns, verbs, and particles.
PCS121 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Beginners Arabic Literature – Part I Written by Shaykh Sayyid ʿAli, Abu al-Ḥasan al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in the final book.
The author methodically and systematically developed this series of books for students to apply the theories of Arabic grammar while continuously building on vocabulary pertaining to further studies within the Qurʾānic sciences.
The goal for the students is to complete the first three volumes/parts of the series throughout the year.
Through the reading and comprehension of the books, students will develop an ʾadab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.
PCS131 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Intro to Theology and Jurisprudence – Part I A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Theology and Islamic Jurisprudence detailing the articles and declarations of Faith and rulings of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Students will begin their studies in English then transition to Arabic as they progress in their Arabic studies within the program.
PCS102 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Arabic Morphology – Part II The focus and concentration at the entry-level will primarily be on Ṣarf (morphology) as a requirement to understanding Naḥw (syntax). Students will learn the different types of weak and doubled words along with their required changes.
PCS112 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Beginners Arabic Syntax – Part II This course introduces students to the essentials of Arabic syntax (naḥw) through the study of a primer grammar text. The course aids the students in understanding and applying all the core Arabic grammar rules through textual study and supplementary exercise questions. By the end of the course, students will be expected to be able to read and grammatically analyze basic Arabic texts in any field of Arabic or Islamic studies.
PCS122 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Beginners Arabic Literature – Part II Written by Shaykh Sayyid ʿAli, Abu al-Ḥasan al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in the final book.
The author methodically and systematically developed this series of books for students to apply the theories of Arabic grammar while continuously building on vocabulary pertaining to further studies within the Qurʾānic sciences.
The goal for the students is to complete the first three volumes/parts of the series.
Through the reading and comprehension of the books, students will develop an ʾadab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.
PCS132 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Intro to Theology and Jurisprudence – Part II A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Theology and Islamic Jurisprudence detailing the articles and declarations of Faith and rulings of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Students will begin their studies in English then transition to Arabic as they progress in their Arabic studies within the program.
PCS201 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Arabic Morphology – Part I The focus and concentration at the entry-level will primarily be on Ṣarf (morphology) as a requirement to understanding Naḥw (syntax). Students will study all regular verb forms.
PCS211 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Beginners Arabic Syntax – Part I This course introduces students to the essentials of Arabic syntax (naḥw) through the study of a primer grammar text. The course aids the students in understanding and applying all the core Arabic grammar rules through textual study and supplementary exercise questions. By the end of the course, students will have the introductory knowledge of the science of syntax and will be able to identify declinable (muʿrab) and indeclinable (mabnī) words in the Arabic language.
PCS221 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Introduction to Qurʾān This course is designed to present students with an overview of the Qurʾānic sciences which includes the preservation of the Qurʾān through generations, abrogations, Qurʾānic readings, and interpretations.
PCS202 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Arabic Morphology – Part II The focus and concentration at the entry-level will primarily be on Ṣarf (morphology) as a requirement to understanding Naḥw (syntax). Students will study all irregular and complex verb forms.
PCS212 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Beginners Arabic Syntax – Part II This course introduces students to the essentials of Arabic syntax (naḥw) through the study of a primer grammar text. The course aids the students in understanding and applying all the core Arabic grammar rules through textual study and supplementary exercise questions. By the end of the course, students will be expected to be able to read and grammatically analyze basic Arabic texts in any field of Arabic or Islamic studies.
PCS222 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Introduction to Hadith & Islamic Law This course is designed to present students with the preservation of Hadith literature and development of Islamic Law from the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
PCS203 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Introduction to Jurisprudence A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Jurisprudence detailing the rulings of the Five Pillars of Islam in Arabic.
PCS213 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Beginners Arabic Literature – Part I Written by Shaykh Sayyid ʿAli, Abu al-Ḥasan al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in the final book.
The author methodically and systematically developed this series of books for students to apply the theories of Arabic grammar while continuously building on vocabulary pertaining to further studies within the Qurʾānic sciences.
The goal for the students is to complete the first three volumes/parts of the series.
Through the reading and comprehension of the books, students will develop an ʾadab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.
PCS223 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Introduction to Theology A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Theology detailing the articles and declarations of Faith using ‘Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah.
PCS204 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Introduction to Jurisprudence A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Jurisprudence detailing the rulings of the Five Pillars of Islam in Arabic.
PCS214 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Beginners Arabic Literature – Part II Written by Shaykh Sayyid ʿAli, Abu al-Ḥasan al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in the final book.
The author methodically and systematically developed this series of books for students to apply the theories of Arabic grammar while continuously building on vocabulary pertaining to further studies within the Qurʾānic sciences.
The goal for the students is to complete the first three volumes/parts of the series.
Through the reading and comprehension of the books, students will develop an ʾadab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.
PCS224 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind Introduction to Theology A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Theology detailing the articles and declarations of Faith using ‘Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah.
PCS151 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind+ Arabic Morphology – Level II Students will review and complete all regular, irregular and complex verb forms and study texts to further understand and develop Arabic morphology
PCS161 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind+ Arabic Syntactic Compendia – Part I Iẓhār al-Asrār of Imam Muḥammad b. Bīr ‘Alī al-Birkiwī (d. 981/1573) has remained one of the most taught compendia of Arabic syntax over the centuries. It is distinguished by its causal approach to Arabic syntax, which is not presented in the usual order of noun, verb, and particle, but rather in the order of syntactic governors, governed words, and types of government. This teaches the student to analyze the Arabic language in terms of cause and effect, which is the objective of the course.
PCS171 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind+ Arabic Literature Level II – Part I Written by Shaykh Sayyid ʿAli, Abu al-Ḥasan al-Nadwī þ (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah of the Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in the final book.
The author methodically and systematically developed this series of books for students to apply the theories of Arabic grammar and morphology while continuously building on vocabulary pertaining to further studies within the Qurʾānic sciences.
The goal for the Shaykh al-Hind Plus student is to complete all five volumes/parts in the academic year.
Through the reading and comprehension of the books, students will develop an ʾadab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.
PCS181 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind+ Beginners Hadith Reading – Part I This book is a collection of 327 hadiths which the author, Shaykh ʿĀshiq Ilāhi al-Bulandshehri, had compiled from ʿĀllamah Tabrīzi’s (740AH/1362CE) renowned hadith compilation, ‘Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ’.  The first chapter contains 261 Aḥādīth from the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him), followed by 26 Aḥādīth on prophecy, and then a concluding chapter consisting of 40 accounts and narratives.
The author, Shaykh ʿĀshiq Ilāhi al-Bulandshehri arranged the Aḥādīth of the first chapter according to their grammatical structure, in order to converge the students of Arabic language into the field of hadith while continuing to develop their application of Arabic grammar.
PCS191 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind+ Introduction to Ḥanafī Legal Compendia – Part I The course consists of a detailed study of al-Qudūrī’s (d. 428/1036) al-Mukhtaṣar, introducing students to masā’il (legal cases) in all abwāb fiqhiyyah (juristic chapters). Within the Hanafi school, al-Mukhtaṣar is known simply as al-Kitāb (The Book) due to its immense influence and authority. The text is distinguished by the clarity of its language, and by being concise and comprehensive at the same time.
PCS152 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind+ Introduction to Theology: al-ʿAqīdah al-Ṭaḥāwiyyah This course consists of an in-depth study of al-‘Aqīdah al-Ṭaḥāwiyyah of Imam al-Ṭaḥāwī (d. 321/933) and introduces students to the tenets of Islamic creed in light of the Qur’ān and the Sunnah. It also highlights the historical emergence of heterodox sects and the flaws within their creeds. Imam Ṭaḥāwī’s work has been accepted as one of the main references for understanding the Islamic creed.
PCS162 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind+ Arabic Syntactic Compendia – Part II Iẓhār al-Asrār of Imam Muḥammad b. Bīr ‘Alī al-Birkiwī (d. 981/1573) has remained one of the most taught compendia of Arabic syntax over the centuries. It is distinguished by its causal approach to Arabic syntax, which is not presented in the usual order of noun, verb, and particle, but rather in the order of syntactic governors, governed words, and types of government. This teaches the student to analyze the Arabic language in terms of cause and effect, which is the objective of the course. The course begins with a study of al-‘Awāmil, which is al-Birkiwī’s own summary of al-Iẓhār.
PCS172 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind+ Arabic Literature Level II – Part II Written by Shaykh Sayyid ʿAli, Abu al-Ḥasan al-Nadwī þ (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah of the Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in the final book.
The author methodically and systematically developed this series of books for students to apply the theories of Arabic grammar and morphology while continuously building on vocabulary pertaining to further studies within the Qurʾānic sciences.
The goal for the Shaykh al-Hind Plus student is to complete all five volumes/parts in the academic year.
Through the reading and comprehension of the books, students will develop an ʾadab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.
PCS182 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind+ Beginners Hadith Reading – Part II This book is a collection of 327 hadiths which the author, Shaykh ʿĀshiq Ilāhi al-Bulandshehri, had compiled from ʿĀllamah Tabrīzi’s (740AH/1362CE) renowned hadith compilation, ‘Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ’.  The first chapter contains 261 Aḥādīth from the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him), followed by 26 Aḥādīth on prophecy, and then a concluding chapter consisting of 40 accounts and narratives.
The author, Shaykh ʿĀshiq Ilāhi al-Bulandshehri arranged the Aḥādīth of the first chapter according to their grammatical structure, in order to converge the students of Arabic language into the field of hadith while continuing to develop their application of Arabic grammar.
PCS192 Core Pre-Collegiate Shaykh al-Hind+ Introduction to Ḥanafī Legal Compendia – Part II The course consists of a detailed study of al-Qudūrī’s (d. 428/1036) al-Mukhtaṣar, introducing students to masā’il (legal cases) in all abwāb fiqhiyyah (juristic chapters). Within the Hanafi school, al-Mukhtaṣar is known simply as al-Kitāb (The Book) due to its immense influence and authority. The text is distinguished by the clarity of its language, and by being concise and comprehensive at the same time.
Pre-Collegiate Arabic Program
Course Code
Course Name
Course Description
Prerequisite
PCA-LAB Arabic Lab This supplementary course is designed for students to be able to conversationally apply their arabic knowledge gained through the Arabic program. »PCA104: Arabic IV
PCA020 Survey of Al-Ajrumiyah A brief survey of the celebrated classical Arabic grammar book, al Ajrumiyah, by Ibn Ajrum (672-723 A.H.). None
PCA101 Arabic I Introduction to grammar and morphology including basic nominal sentences, verbal sentences, past and future tense verb forms, simple grammatical agents. »PCQ101: Quran Reading
PCA101F Arabic I – Fundamentals Arabic for the casual learner. This course moves at a relaxed pace and is intended for students who need more time to familiarize themselves with Arabic lexicon and linguistic concepts. This course is typically repeated per section. »PCQ101: Quran Reading
PCA102 Arabic II A continuation of AS101, this course covers the imperative verb tense, negation of verbs and additional derived nouns (mushtaqqaat). Students will be introduced to additional grammatical agents from Al-Awaamil (Jurjani). Time permitting, the course may begin mazeed-fih verb forms. »PCA101: Arabic I
PCA103 Arabic III Students will complete the mazeed-fih verb forms and be introduced to irregular verbs (mu’tall). This course also finishes the basic set of grammatical agents in Al-Awamil (Jurjani) and transitions into a summary of grammatical constructs which will serve as a springboard to studying classical grammar texts (200-Level). »PCA102: Arabic II
PCA104 Arabic IV Students will traverse a comprehensive list of irregular verbs (mu’tal) and their derived nouns. They will also complete the summary of grammar rules started in AS103. By the end of this course, students will have the necessary tools to read and understand basic Arabic text with diacritical marks. »PCA103: Arabic III
PCA151 Conversational Arabic “Practice speaking Arabic and develop your listening comprehension skills in this course. Designed for students who know basic Arabic grammar and vocabulary, this class will give each student the opportunity to speak and present his/her ideas every week. Students will discuss everything from their interests, to everyday life, to selected news topics (nothing controversial). The course culminates with students doing presentations in front of the class in simple Arabic. »PCA101: Arabic I
PCA199 Independent Study Arabic 100 Series Independent Study. »PCQ101: Quran Reading
PCA201 Qasas I Students will read Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi’s classic reader series: Qasas al-Nabiyyeen Volume 1. »PCA104: Arabic IV
PCA202 Qasas II Students will read Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi’s classic reader series: Qasas al-Nabiyyeen Volume 2. »PCA201: Qasas I
PCA203 Qasas III Students will read Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi’s classic reader series: Qasas al-Nabiyyeen Volume 3 and portions of Hidayat al-Nahw. »PCA202: Qasas II
PCA204 Qasas IV Students will read Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi’s classic reader series: Qasas al-Nabiyyeen Volume 4 and portions of Hidayat al-Nahw. »PCA203: Qasas III
PCA205 Qasas V Students will read Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi’s classic reader series: Qasas al-Nabiyyeen Volume 5. »PCA204: Qasas IV
Pre-collegiate Islamic Studies
Course Code
Course Name
Course Description
Prerequisite
ISJ101 Islamic Studies 101 – High School The instructor will open the series by presenting an understanding and definition of Islam then introduce and explain contextualization. Critical thinking, decision making, and establishing priorities are covered and explored through class discussions. Hypothetical situations are introduced to the class to examine the student’s degree of understanding. Prerequisite(s): Freshmen or Sophomore student None
ISJ102 Islamic Studies 102 – High School Students will understand the difference between fiqh and shari’ah. A key focus of the class will be towards explaining the students the pillars of Islam through which they will learn the issues and necessary needs of a Muslim regarding worship. »ISJ101: Islamic Studies 101 – High School
ISJ103 Islamic Studies 103 – High School Islamic theology is introduced at a primary level to students. Common questions which are generally raised within academic environments are addressed. This is intended to solidify the beliefs and identities of our students. Prerequisite(s): ISJ102 None
ISJ104 Islamic Studies 104 – High School The life of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) is the pivot point of our Islam. Students are explained the importance to study and understand his life in order to properly understand Islam. With the knowledge-base gained through the previous semesters, students are immersed thoroughly in understanding the life of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him). Prerequisite(s): ISJ103 None
PCI101 Islamic Studies 101 – Adults The instructor will open the series by presenting an understanding and definition of Islam then introduce and explain contextualization. Critical thinking, decision making, and establishing priorities are covered and explored through class discussions. Hypothetical situations are introduced to the class to examine the student’s degree of understanding. None
PCI102 Islamic Studies 102 – Adults Students will understand the difference between fiqh and shari’ah. A key focus of the class will be towards explaining the students the pillars of Islam through which they will learn the issues and necessary needs of a Muslim regarding worship. »PCI101: Islamic Studies 101 – Adults
PCI103 Islamic Studies 103 – Adults Islamic theology is introduced at a primary level to students. Common questions which are generally raised within academic environments are addressed. This is intended to solidify the beliefs and identities of our students. »PCI102: Islamic Studies 102 – Adults
PCI104 Islamic Studies 104 – Adults The life of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) is the pivot point of our Islam. Students are explained the importance to study and understand his life in order to properly understand Islam. With the knowledge-base gained through the previous semesters, students are immersed thoroughly in understanding the life of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him). »PCI103: Islamic Studies 103 – Adults
PCI198 Topics in Islamic Studies Various topics in Islamic studies at the 100-level. None
PCI200W Islamic Studies for Women – Part I Various topics in Islamic studies. None
PCI201 Introduction to Quran Prerequisite knowledge to studying the Qur’an. »PCA104: Arabic IV
PCI201W Islamic Studies for Women – Part II Continuation of various topics in Islamic Studies. »PCI200W: Islamic Studies for Women – Part I
PCI202 Introduction to Hadith Prerequisite knowledge to studying Hadith. »PCA104: Arabic IV
PCI203 Introduction to Fiqh Prerequisite knowledge to studying Fiqh. »PCA104: Arabic IV
PCI204 Introduction to Aqidah Prerequisite knowledge to studying Aqidah. »PCA104: Arabic IV
PCI298 Topics in Islamic Studies Various topics in Islamic studies at the 200-level. »PCA201: Qasas I
Pre-Collegiate Qur'anic Studies and Recitation
Course Code
Course Name
Course Description
Prerequisite
PCQ101 Quran Reading This course begins with the learning of the Arabic alphabet. Focus is placed on pronouncing each letter correctly through identifying the subtle differences between each letter’s point of articulation (makhraj) and characteristics (sifat). By the end of the course students are able to recite the last three chapters of the Qur’an with tajwid. None
PCQ102 Tajwid I This course is designed for those students who already know how to read from the Qur’an. Focus is placed on pronouncing letters correctly and being introduced to the rules of Tajwid; the rules that govern the science of reciting the Quran. By the end of the course students will be able to recite the second-half of the thirtieth juz of the Qur’an with tajwid. »PCQ101: Quran Reading
PCQ103 Tajweed II Intermediate Tajwid. All general and universal rules of tajwid are covered. By the end of the course students will be able to recite the twenty-ninth and thirtieth juz of the Qur’an with tajwid and will be prepared to begin reciting the Qur’an as an ‘Ibadah. »PCQ102: Tajwid I
PCQ198 Topics in Tajweed This course is a culmination of the application of the tajweed theories that have been studied in the 100 level series of the program through the recitation of the entire Quran with tajweed and memorization of surahs under the descretion of the instructor. »PCQ103: Tajweed II