Course Catalog

 

Intermediate Islamic Studies Program

Advanced Islamic Law and Islamic Theology Program


Department of Arabic

 

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

ARAB531

Core

Advanced Arabic Rhetoric: Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ and Mukhtaṣar al-Maʿānī I

Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī is Saʿd al-Dīn al-Taftāzānī’s (d. 792/1390) commentary on Khaṭīb al-Qazwīnī’s (d. 739/1338) Talkhī al-Miftā, which in turn is a study on the third section of Abū Ya'qūb al-Sakkākī’s (d. 626/1229) Miftāh al-'Ulūm covering maʿānī (the study of how variations in syntax affect meaning), bayān (the study of figurative language), and badīʿ (the study of other stylistic devices), the three sub-disciplines of 'ilm al-balāghah (Arabic rhetoric). Using Talkhī al-Miftā and Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī, 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 Qurʾān and the Arabic language. al-Talkhīs and Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī 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.

ARAB532

Core

Advanced Arabic Rhetoric: Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ and Mukhtaṣar al-Maʿānī II

Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī is Saʿd al-Dīn al-Taftāzānī’s (d. 792/1390) commentary on Khaṭīb al-Qazwīnī’s (d. 739/1338) Talkhī al-Miftā, which in turn is a study on the third section of Abū Ya'qūb al-Sakkākī’s (d. 626/1229) Miftāh al-'Ulūm covering maʿānī (the study of how variations in syntax affect meaning), bayān (the study of figurative language), and badīʿ (the study of other stylistic devices), the three sub-disciplines of 'ilm al-balāghah (Arabic rhetoric). Using Talkhī al-Miftā and Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī, 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 Qurʾān and the Arabic language. al-Talkhīs and Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī 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.

 

Department of Hadith

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

HAD541

Core

Introduction to Hadith Source Criticism: Grading Reports in Ibn Mājah’s Sunan

This 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 aīs 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.

HAD542

Core

Hadith Chain Analysis: A Sanad Reading of Sunan al-Nasāʾī

This 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.

HAD551

Core

Readings in aī Muslim I

This course explores the aī 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.

HAD552

Core

Readings in aī Muslim II

This course explores the aī 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.

HAD553

Core

Readings in aī Muslim III

This course explores the aī 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.

HAD554

Core

Readings in aī Muslim IV

This course explores the aī 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.

HAD561

Core

Readings in aī al-Bukhārī I

al-Jāmiʿ al-aī 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.

HAD562

Core

Readings in aī al-Bukhārī II

al-Jāmiʿ al-aī 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.

HAD563

Core

Readings in aī al-Bukhārī III

al-Jāmiʿ al-aī 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.

HAD564

Core

Readings in aī al-Bukhārī IV

al-Jāmiʿ al-aī 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.

HAD571

Elective

Advanced Hadith Methodology: al-Suyūṭī's Tadrīb al-Rāwī I

This course explores advanced issues of hadith criticism and methodology through a critical reading of Imam Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī's (d. 911 AH/1505 CE) Tadrīb al-Rāwī, an exhaustive commentary on Imam Yaḥyā al-Nawawī's (676 AH/1277 CE) al-Taqrīb and one of the largest classical works in hadith methodology and nomenclature. Students will also write a paper to demonstrate their proficiency in advanced discussions of hadith critical theory.

HAD572

Elective

Advanced Hadith Methodology: al-Suyūṭī's Tadrīb al-Rāwī II

This course explores advanced issues of hadith criticism and methodology through a critical reading of Imam Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī's (d. 911 AH/1505 CE) Tadrīb al-Rāwī, an exhaustive commentary on Imam Yaḥyā al-Nawawī's (676 AH/1277 CE) al-Taqrīb and one of the largest classical works in hadith methodology and nomenclature. Students will also write a paper to demonstrate their proficiency in advanced discussions of hadith critical theory.

 

Islamic Law

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

LAW101

Core

Introduction to Ḥanafī Legal Compendia: al-Qudūrī’s al-Mukhtaṣar I

The course consists of a detailed study of Imam al-Qudūrī’s (d. 428/1036) al-Mukhtaṣar, introducing students to masāʾil (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. A proper study of this text will allow students to recall and retain all of the core legal rulings in the school.

LAW102

Core

Introduction to Ḥanafī Legal Compendia: Qudūrī’s al-Mukhtaṣar 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. A proper study of this text will allow students to recall and retain all of the core legal rulings in the school.

LAW201

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Ikhtiyār li-Taʿlīl al-Mukhtār I

al-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.

LAW202

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Ikhtiyār li-Taʿlīl al-Mukhtār II

al-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.

LAW211

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah I

Fatḥ 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.

LAW212

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah II

Fatḥ 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.

LAW221

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Maḥbūbī’s Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah I

The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbayd 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.

LAW222

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Maḥbūbī’s Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah II

The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbayd 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.

LAW231

Core

Introduction to Islamic Legal Methodology: al-Farfūr’s al-Zād min Uṣūl al-Fiqh al-Islamī

The 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.

LAW241

Core

Islamic Legal Methodology: Ifāḍat al-Anwār Sharḥ al-Manār I

The 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 ʿĀbidīn’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 in the intermediate program or two semesters in the advanced program.

LAW301

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Ikhtiyār li-Taʿlīl al-Mukhtār III

al-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.

LAW302

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Ikhtiyār li-Taʿlīl al-Mukhtār IV

al-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.

LAW311

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah III

Fatḥ 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.

LAW312

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah IV

Fatḥ 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.

LAW321

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Maḥbūbī’s Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah III

The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbayd 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.

LAW322

Core

Introduction to Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Maḥbūbī’s Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah IV

The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbayd 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.

LAW331

Core

Islamic Legal Methodology: Ifāḍat al-Anwār Sharḥ al-Manār II

The 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 ʿĀbidīn’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 in the intermediate program or two semesters in the advanced program.

LAW332

Core

Islamic Legal Methodology: Ifāḍat al-Anwār Sharḥ al-Manār III

The course consists of an intensive study of ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn Muḥammad b. ʿAlī 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 ʿAbd 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 ʿĀbidīn’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 in the intermediate program or two semesters in the advanced program.

LAW341

Elective

Islamic Laws of Inheritance

The course covers Islamic laws of inheritance using Sirāj al-Dīn Muhammad ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Rashīd's (d.~600/1204) famous text, al-Sirājī fī al-Mīrāth, also known as al-Sirājiyyah. Although there is little difference amongst the schools of fiqh in laws of inheritance, al-Sirājiyyah is written from a Ḥanafī perspective. Classically, books of inheritance are organized based on shares or recipients; al-Sirājiyyah follows the latter.

LAW401

Core

Advanced Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah Volume 1

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.

LAW402

Core

Advanced Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah Volume 2

Imam Burhān al-Dīn 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.

LAW501

Core

Advanced Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah Volume 3

Imam Burhān al-Dīn 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.

LAW502

Core

Advanced Legal Reasoning in the Ḥanafī School: al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah Volume 4

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.

LAW511

Core

Introduction to Islamic Legal Maxims: Qawāʿid al-Majallah

Majallat al-Aḥkām al-ʿAdliyyah, 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.

Department of Qur'an

 

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

 

 

Tafsīr al-Nasafī I

This course will focus on Madārik al-Tanzīl wa Ḥaqāʾiq al-Taʾwīl known as Tafsīr al-Nasafī of the Central Asian Ḥanafī jurist and exegete Abū l-Barakāt ˁAbd Allāh b. Aḥmad al-Nasafī (d.710/1320). The work not only summarizes the grammatical, lexical, and rhetorical discussions of previous exegeses such as those of al-Zamakhsharī (d.538/1144) and al-Bayḍāwī (d. ca. 685/1286) but also interprets the legal and theological aspects of the Qurˀān through the lens of Ḥanafī jurisprudence and Māturīdī school of dialectic theology.

QUR502

Elective

Tafsīr al-Nasafī II

This course will focus on Madārik al-Tanzīl wa Ḥaqāʾiq al-Taʾwīl known as Tafsīr al-Nasafī of the Central Asian Ḥanafī jurist and exegete Abū l-Barakāt ˁAbd Allāh b. Aḥmad al-Nasafī (d.710/1320). The work not only summarizes the grammatical, lexical, and rhetorical discussions of previous exegeses such as those of al-Zamakhsharī (d.538/1144) and al-Bayḍāwī (d. ca. 685/1286) but also interprets the legal and theological aspects of the Qurˀān through the lens of Ḥanafī jurisprudence and Māturīdī school of dialectic theology.

 

Department of Theology

 

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

THEO531

Core

Comparative Dialectic Theology: Abū Muʿīn al-Nasafī’s Tabirat al-Adillah I

The course consists of an intensive study of Abū Muʿīn Maymūn b. Muḥammad al-Nasafī’s (d. 508/1115) Tabirat al-Adillah fī Uūl 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.

THEO532

Core

Comparative Dialectic Theology: Abū Muʿīn al-Nasafī’s Tabirat al-Adillah II

The course consists of an intensive study of Abū Muʿīn Maymūn b. Muḥammad al-Nasafī’s (d. 508/1115) Tabirat al-Adillah fī Uūl 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.

THEO599

Core

Thesis Research and Methodology

This course is a requirement for completion of a thesis in the advanced program. The student will choose a thesis adviser based upon the subject of interest, who will advise the student on research and writing methodology and monitor the progress of the thesis. Students are expected to submit each chapter of the thesis as it is completed to the adviser, who will comment on the work and suggest improvements where appropriate. Once the thesis is completed the approval of the adviser and one other faculty are required for the final submission.

 

The Immersion Shaykh al-Hind Program Courses

Introductory Courses


The Immersion Shaykh al-Hind Program

HONORS, FULL-TIME ONE YEAR PROGRAM COURSES

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

PCS101

Core

Arabic Morphology I

Students will learn all the categories of regular verb forms (mujarrad), derivative nounal forms (mushtaqāt) complex verb forms (mazīd fīhī) and verb forms with 'hamzah' (mahmūz).

PCS102

Core

Arabic Morphology II

Students will complete their study of all irregular verb forms (muʿtal and muḍāʿaf). Upon the completion of the foundational knowledge of Arabic morphology, a detailed discussion on the special meaings (khāṣiyāt) of the commonly used complex ((mazīd fīhī)) and irregular (taʿlīl) verb forms will be explained.
As a completion of the Ṣarf series, students will read Kitāb al-Maqṣūd (an Arabic pimer text of Ṣarf) to review and further their understanding of Arabic morphology.

PCS111

Core

Beginners Arabic Syntax 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.

PCS112

Core

Beginners Arabic Syntax 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.

PCS121

Core

Beginners Arabic Literature I

Written by Shaykh Sayyid Abu al-Ḥasan ʿAlī al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muḥammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) 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 adab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.

PCS122

Core

Beginners Arabic Literature II

Written by Shaykh Sayyid Abu al-Ḥasan ʿAlī al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muḥammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) 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 adab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.

PCS131

Core

Intro to Theology and Jurisprudence 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.

PCS132

Core

Intro to Theology and Jurisprudence 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.

PCS141

Core

Introduction to Humanities

An overview course surveying the history of Western civilization and philosophical trends. Notable civilizations and events will be studied, such as the ancient Greeks and Romans, the rise of Christianity, and the Renaissance, along with the major intellectual figures and movements of the time period, such as the philosophy of Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and the impact of Muslim thought on Christian Europe.

PCS142

Core

Introduction to Humanities

A continuation of PCS141, studying the rise of modern European civilization and thought. Focus will be on the Protestant Reformation and the Enlightenment and their impact on the development of modern thought. Major philosophers and their movements will be studied, such as Descartes, Locke, and Rousseau.

PCS151

Core

Arabic Lab

This class will immerse the student in an Arabic speaking environment. Students will be required to implement the fundamental syntax and morphology they are learning to carry on a conversation. Conversation topics will vary from day to day occurrences to current events. Students will periodically be assigned projects such as preparing speeches in Arabic or group projects such as performing plays in Arabic. 

PCS152

Core

Arabic Lab

This class will immerse the student in an Arabic speaking environment. Students will be required to implement the fundamental syntax and morphology they are learning to carry on a conversation. Conversation topics will vary from day to day occurrences to current events. Students will periodically be assigned projects such as preparing speeches in Arabic or group projects such as performing plays in Arabic. 

PCS161

Core

Tajwid and Recitation Lab

In this course, students will learn the development of the science, the codification of major and minor mistakes (al-Laḥn), articulation of the letters, permanent and temporary qualities of letters with examples and application of the theoretical rules learned in class.

PCS162

Core

Tajwid and Recitation Lab

In this course, students will learn the development of the science, the codification of major and minor mistakes (al-Laḥn), articulation of the letters, permanent and temporary qualities of letters with examples and application of the theoretical rules learned in class.

 

PART-TIME TWO YEAR PROGRAM COURSES

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

PCS201

Core

Arabic Morphology I

Students will learn all the categories of regular verb forms (mujarrad).

PCS202

Core

Arabic Morphology II

Students will study all derivative nounal forms (mushtaqāt) and complex verb forms (mazīd fīhī).

PCS203

Core

Arabic Morphology III

Students will complete their study of verb forms with 'hamzah' (mahmūz) and begin their studies of irregular verb forms (muʿtal).

PCS204

Core

Arabic Morphology IV

Students will complete their study of all irregular verb forms (muʿtal and muḍāʿaf). Students will climax the Ṣarf series of courses with a detailed discussion on the special meaings (khāṣiyāt) of the commonly used complex (mazīd fīhī) and irregular (taʿlīl) verb forms.

PCS211

Core

Beginners Arabic Syntax 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.

PCS212

Core

Beginners Arabic Syntax 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.

PCS213

Core

Beginners Arabic Literature I

Written by Shaykh Sayyid Abu al-Ḥasan ʿAlī al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muḥammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) 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 adab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.

PCS214

Core

Beginners Arabic Literature II

Written by Shaykh Sayyid Abu al-Ḥasan ʿAlī al-Nadwī (1377AH/1999CE) sectioned in five volumes/parts detailing the stories of various Prophets and concluding with the Sīrah (biography) of the Prophet Muḥammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) 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 adab (etiquette) towards Arabic reading and understanding.

PCS221

Core

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.

PCS222

Core

Introduction to Hadith & Islamic Law

This course is designed to present students with the preservation of Hadith literature and devolopment of Islamic Law from the time of the Prophet (S).

PCS223

Core

Introduction to Theology

A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Theology detailing the articles and declarations of Faith using 'Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah.

PCS224

Core

Introduction to Islamic Jurisprudence

A study of a comprehensive primer in Islamic Jurisprudence detailing the rulings of the Five Pillars of Islam in Arabic.

Islamic Essentials Online
Course Code
Course Name
Course Description
ISE101 THE UNIVERSALITY OF ISLAM The first semester will examine the Universality Theory of Islam. Students will learn that Islam is not a new religion, rather a religion that has been established since the Prophethood of Adam (upon him be peace). The definition of Islam, Īmān and Iḥsān will be explained in depth and each pillar will be examined through the lens of the Universality Theory. Additionally, students will study ritual purification and ṣalāh begining a study of the Islamic law of worship, which will continue in ISE102.
ISE102 HOW TO WORSHIP GOD Students will understand the prerequisites, importance and purpose of learning foundational Islamic Knowledge and how to apply what they learn. The instructor will also shed light on the preservation of knowledge through a cohesive, organized and well-planned system we term as the “System of Following the Qurʾān and Sunnah”.
This semester will continue the study of Islamic rules of worship that began in ISE101, studying ṣawm, zakāt, and Ḥajj.
ISE103 INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC THEOLOGY After the completion of ISE101 and ISE102, students will gain the required mindset to be introduced to academic Islamic theology.
Muslims believe that the proper understanding of God is the primary revelatory knowledge bestowed upon all Prophets. This semester is designed to equip students with the fundamental knowledge of what it means to ‘be Muslim’ – especially as it pertains to the verbalization of our Declarations of Faith (al-Iman al-Mufaṣṣal and al-Iman al-Mujmal).
The curriculum is divided into three fundamental sections of study:
The Study of God
The Function of Prophethood
Islamic Eschatology
ISE104 HOW TO READ THE SIRAH This course will introduce the student to the science of the prophetic biography, known in Arabic as al-Sīrah. It will first provide a theoretical framework through which a Muslim can view the life and times of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, and put it into the perspective that is needed to glean the spiritual and wisdom-rich lessons that the Sīrah has to offer people of faith for all times.
Thereafter, students will learn about the major events of the Sīrah through the previously established framework, while dealing with some common objections leveled by non-Muslim polemical figures against the Prophet ﷺ.

 

Introductory 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
Introductory 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

 

Introductory 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