Course Catalog

 

Intermediate Islamic Studies Program

Advanced Islamic Law and Islamic Theology Program


Arabic and the Instrumental Islamic Sciences

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

ARAB101

Core

Arabic Syntactic Compendia: Iẓhār al-Asrār

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.

ARAB102

Core

Introduction to Advanced Arabic Syntax: Ibn Hishām’s Sharḥ Qaṭr al-Nadā wa Ball al-Ṣadā I

Ibn 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. Lastly, students will apply the rules learned in Sharḥ Qaṭr al-Nadā by studying the famous anthology of Arabic literature Nafḥat al-‘Arab once a week.This is a two-semester course which will continue into ARAB 201.

ARAB111

Core

Advanced Arabic Morphology: Taṣrīf al-ʿIzzī

This course consists of an intensive study of Taṣrīf al-ˁIzzī, one of the most well-known and widely studied classical texts of Arabic morphology, written by ˁAbd al-Wahhāb b. Ibrāhīm al-Zanjānī (d.655/1257).

ARAB151

Core

Arabic Lab 1st Year - Level 1

This 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).

ARAB152

Core

Arabic Lab 1st Year - Level 2

This 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).

ARAB201

Core

Introduction to Advanced Arabic Syntax: Ibn Hishām’s Sharḥ Qaṭr al-Nadā wa Ball al-Ṣadā II

Ibn 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. Lastly, students will apply the rules learned in Sharḥ Qaṭr al-Nadā by studying the famous anthology of Arabic literature Nafḥat al-‘Arab once a week.This is a two-semester course which will continue into ARAB 201.

ARAB202

Core

Sharh ibn 'Aqil

 

ARAB211

Core

Introduction to Arabic Rhetoric: al-Balāghah al-Wāḍiḥah I

This 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.

ARAB212

Core

Introduction to Arabic Rhetoric al-Balāghah al-Wāḍiḥah II

This 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.

ARAB251

Core

Arabic Lab 2nd Year - Level 3

This 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).

ARAB252

Core

Arabic Lab 2nd Year - Level 4

This 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).

ARAB301

Core

Selections from Arabic Literature: Mukhtārāt min Adab al-ʿArab I

This 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.

ARAB302

Core

Selections from Arabic Literature: Mukhtārāt min Adab al-ʿArab II

This 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.

ARAB351

Core

Arabic Lab 3rd Year - Level 5

This 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.

ARAB352

Core

Arabic Lab 3rd Year - Level 6

This 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.

ARAB451

Core

Arabic Lab 4th Year - Level 7

This 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.

ARAB452

Core

Arabic Lab 4th Year - Level 8

This 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.

ARAB511

Core

Classical Arabic Linguistics: Mullah Jāmīʿs al-Fawā'id al-Ḍiyā'iyyah

al-Fawāʾid al-Ḍiyāʾiyyah of Nūr al-Dīn ʿAbd 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 ʿlm al-waḍʿ (Arabic semantics) into Arabic syntax. The course begins with a study of an independent treatise in ʿilm al-waḍʿ to facilitate understanding Jāmī’s sophisticated approach.

ARAB531

Core

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

Mukhtaṣar al-Maʿānī is Saʿd 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 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 Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ and Mukhtaṣar 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 Mukhtaṣar 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

Mukhtaṣar al-Maʿānī is Saʿd 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-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 Qur'ān and the Arabic language. al-Talkhīs and Mukhtaṣar 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.

ARAB551

Core

Advanced Arabic Lab I

This 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.

ARAB552

Core

Advanced Arabic Lab II

This 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.

ARAB221

Elective

Advanced Arabic Syntax: Jāmiʿ al-Durūs al-ʿArabiyyah I

This 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.

ARAB222

Elective

Advanced Arabic Syntax: Jāmiʿ al-Durūs al-ʿArabiyyah II

This course consists of a study of the advanced Arabic syntax text Jāmiʿal-Durūs al-ʿArabiyyah 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.

ARAB298

Elective

Topics in Arabic

A culmination of various texts taught at the 200-level

Hadith

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

HAD101

Core

Ethics in the Prophetic Tradition: al-Nawawī’s Riyāḍ al-Ṣāliḥīn I

As 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.

HAD102

Core

Ethics in the Prophetic Tradition: al-Nawawī’s Riyāḍ al-Ṣāliḥīn II

As 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.

HAD301

Core

Introduction to the Hadith Sciences and Hadith Literature

This course is an introductory study of the terminology and critical methodology of the hadith sciences as well as a general survery of hadith literature. The course introduces students to foundational hadith nomenclature (muṣtalaḥ) and critical concepts of the hadith sciences through ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq al-Dihlawī’s (d. 1052/1642) Muqaddamah fī Uṣūl al-Ḥadīth, followed by the analysis and memorization of al-Manẓūmah al-Bayqūniyyah, a 34-line concise poem on hadith terminology. Supplemental lectures and readings on the history of hadith compilation, famous figures and key literature, Western criticism and Muslim responses, the authority of hadith, etc... will enrich the student's understanding of the hadith's historical, epistemological, and legal significance.

HAD302

Core

Introduction to Critical Hadith Methodology:
Nuẓhat al-Naẓar and al-Rafʿ wa al-Takmīl

This course critically 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). ʿAbd al-Ḥayy al-Laknawī's (d. 1305/1886) work on narrator criticism (al-jarḥ wa al-taʿdīl) entitled al-Rafʿ wa al-Takmīl is thereafter studied with the critical notes of ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ Abū Ghuddah. 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 as an introduction into takhrīj al-ḥadīth wa dirāsat al-asānīd.

HAD401

Core

Reading the Hadith: al-Tibrīzī’s Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ I

The course consists of an extensive study of the six-thousand plus hadith narrations (mutūn) found in al-Khaṭīb al-Tibrīzī’s (d. 737/1108) 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. Students are expected to engage with not only the hadith texts but the valuable gloss of Aḥmad ʿAlī al-Sahāranpūrī (d. 1297/1880) and commentaries such as those of Mullā ʿAlī al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605)and ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq al-Dihlawī (d. 1052/1642).

HAD402

Core

Reading the Hadith: al-Tibrīzī’s Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ II

The course consists of an extensive study of the six-thousand plus hadith narrations (mutūn) found in al-Khaṭīb al-Tibrīzī’s (d. 737/1108) 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. Students are expected to engage with not only the hadith texts but the valuable gloss of Aḥmad ʿAlī al-Sahāranpūrī (d. 1297/1880) and commentaries such as those of Mullā ʿAlī al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605)and ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq al-Dihlawī (d. 1052/1642).

HAD403

Core

Reading the Hadith: al-Tibrīzī’s Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ III

The course consists of an extensive study of the six-thousand plus hadith narrations (mutūn) found in al-Khaṭīb al-Tibrīzī’s (d. 737/1108) 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. Students are expected to engage with not only the hadith texts but the valuable gloss of Aḥmad ʿAlī al-Sahāranpūrī (d. 1297/1880) and commentaries such as those of Mullā ʿAlī al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605)and ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq al-Dihlawī (d. 1052/1642).

HAD404

Core

Reading the Hadith: al-Tibrīzī’s Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ IV

The course consists of an extensive study of the six-thousand plus hadith narrations (mutūn) found in al-Khaṭīb al-Tibrīzī’s (d. 737/1108) 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. Students are expected to engage with not only the hadith texts but the valuable gloss of Aḥmad ʿAlī al-Sahāranpūrī (d. 1297/1880) and commentaries such as those of Mullā ʿAlī al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605)and ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq al-Dihlawī (d. 1052/1642).

HAD501

Core

Studies in Early Legal Hadith Discourse: Abū Ḥanīfah and Mālik I

This 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.

HAD502

Core

Studies in Early Legal Hadith Discourse: Abū Ḥanīfah and Mālik II

This 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.

HAD511

Core

Ḥanafīs and Textual Authority: Reading al-Ṭaḥāwī’s Sharḥ Maʿānī al-Āthār I

The 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.

HAD512

Core

Ḥanafīs and Textual Authority: Reading al-Ṭaḥāwī’s Sharḥ Maʿānī al-Āthār II

The 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.

HAD521

Core

A Study of Legal Traditions: Sunan Abī Dāwūd I

The 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.

HAD522

Core

A Study of Legal Traditions: Sunan Abī Dāwūd II

The 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.

HAD531

Core

A Study of Legal Traditions: Sunan al-Tirmidhī I

The 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.

HAD532

Core

A Study of Legal Traditions: Sunan al-Tirmidhī II

The 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.

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 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.

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 Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim I

This 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.

HAD552

Core

Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim II

This 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.

HAD553

Core

Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim III

This 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.

HAD554

Core

Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim IV

This 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.

HAD561

Core

Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī I

al-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.

HAD562

Core

Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī II

al-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.

HAD563

Core

Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī III

al-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.

HAD564

Core

Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī IV

al-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.

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.

Qur'anic Studies and Recitation

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

QUR101

Core

Introduction to Tajwīd: al-Muqaddamah al-Jazariyyah

The course consists of an in-depth study of al-Muqaddamah al-Jazarariyyah of Imam Ibn 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. Imām Ibn al-Jazarī’s work is one that is studied worldwide and is considered a must-study text for any serious student of the Qurʾān.

QUR102

Core

History of the Qurʾānic Text

In 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.

QUR201

Core

Translation of the Qurʾān: Tarjumat al-Qur’ān

This 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 Iʿrāb al-Qurʾān of Muḥyī al-Dīn al-Dirwīsh (d. 1402/1982).

QUR202

Core

Introduction to the Exegesis of the Noble Qurʾān: Ṣafwat al-Tafāsīr

In 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.

QUR301

Core

Introduction to Principles of Qurʾānic Exegesis: Shāh Walī Allāh’s al-Fawz al-Kabīr fī Uṣūl al-Tafsīr

This 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 Tafsīr.

QUR302

Core

Thematic Study of the Noble Qurʾān

The Qurʾānic themes are about guiding human beings to success in this world and salvation in the hereafter. These themes are distributed throughout the Qurʾān 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 Qurʾān. As the course introduces several āyāt (verses) from the Noble Qurʾān 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.

QUR401

Core

Concise Qurʾānic Exegesis: Tafsīr al-Jalālayn I

The 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.

QUR402

Core

Concise Qurʾānic Exegesis: Tafsīr al-Jalālayn II

The exegesis of the two Jalāls (thus 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 Qurʾānic text. These include linguistic commentary, legal commentary, and exegesis through the Qurʾānic verses themselves (tafsīr al-Qurʾān bi-l-Qurʾān). The authors sought to remove any obstacles to understanding any word in the Divine Text so that the reader might recite the Qurʾān and immediately understand, at least, its literal meaning.

QUR501

Elective

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.

Theology

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

THEO101

Core

Introduction to Theology: al-ʿAqīdah al-Ṭaḥāwiyyah

This course consists of an in-depth study of al-ʿAqīdah 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 al-Ṭaḥāwī’s work has been accepted as one of the main references for understanding the Islamic creed.

THEO102

Core

Intermediate Islamic Theology: Ḍawʾ al-Maʿālī

In this course students will study Mulla ʿAlī al-Qārī's (d.1014/1605) Ḍawʾ al-Maʿālī, a commentary on the well-known creedal text and poem Badʾ al-Amālī of Sirāj al-Dīn al-Ūshī (d. 569/1174). Through this text students will become reacclimated to the core tenets of the Islamic faith. Studying the commentary of al-Qārī will introduce students to more advanced details of Islamic creed and will allow them to explore some of the more diverse orthodox and heterodoc positions on issues of Islamic theology.

THEO198

Elective

Introduction to Dialectic Theology: al-Bidāyah of Nūr al-Dīn al-Ṣābūnī

The course consists of an intensive study of al-Bidāyah fī Uṣūl al-Dīn of Nūr al-Dīn al-Ṣābūnī (d. 580/1184) to introduce students to concepts and methodology of Kalām (dialectic theology). Al-Ṣābūnī’s work is his abridgement of his longer work al-Kifāyah fī l-Hidāyah. Ṣābūnī introduces the student to comparative theology, discussing debates among Muslim theologians and between Muslims and non-Muslims with clarity and conciseness.

THEO401

Core

Introduction to Advanced Dialectic Theology: al-Taftāzānī’s Sharḥ al-ʿAqāʾid I

The course consists of an intensive study of Sharḥ al-ʿAqā'id al-Nasafiyyah of al-Taftāzānī (d.793/1390) to introduce students to concepts and methodology of advanced works of Kalām (dialectic theology). Al-Taftāzānī’s work is a commentary on the influential creed of the Ḥanafī theologian Najm al-Dīn Abū Ḥafṣ ʿUmar al-Nasafī (d. 537/1142) and is distinguished by the impartiality and sophistication of its critique of theological arguments based on reason.

THEO402

Core

Introduction to Advanced Dialectic Theology: al-Taftāzānī’s Sharḥ al-ʿAqāʾid II

The course consists of an intensive study of Sharḥ al-ʿAqāʾid al-Nasafiyyah of al-Taftāzānī (d.793/1390) to introduce students to concepts and methodology of advanced works of Kalām (dialectic theology). Al-Taftāzānī's work is a commentary on the influential creed of the Ḥanafī theologian Najm al-Dīn Abū Ḥafṣ ʿUmar al-Nasafī (d. 537/1142) and is distinguished by the impartiality and sophistication of its critique of theological arguments based on reason.

THEO531

Core

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

The course consists of an intensive study of Abū Muʿīn 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.

THEO532

Core

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

The 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.

THEO598

Elective

Independent Study in Theology and Theological Methodology

The course is for students who want to conduct an independent study on theological issues and works.

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