Advanced Islamic Law & Islamic Theology

 

Background

By completing the Advanced Islamic Law & Islamic Theology program, an individual will gain the ability to explain the theories of Madhhabs (Legal Schools of Thought) through Hadith.

What You Will Gain

The full-time student completes their course work with the completion of 23 courses over a period of 2 years. Those students who complete the course will be able to represent and re-present the content of the Oral Tradition within their particular context. The student who completes the course gains the critical ability to represent Islam through his/her knowledge of the fundamental sources, as well as being capable of re-presenting these living sources of guidance in light of the challenges of modern day living.
In addition, we believe that a student who studies at Darul Qasim at the Advanced level will be able to do the following:

  • Serve as an Imam at the national level
  • Conduct lectures and seminars for a broader, national audience
  • Serve as an academic advisor to Muslim educational and religious organizations
  • Develop strategies to coordinate activities with the larger US community
  • Continue doing research at an academic/intellectual level on issues that impact the US

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Important Dates

Application Deadline Wednesday, AUGUST 15, 2018

New Students Orientation Friday, AUGUST 17, 2018

First day of class Monday, AUGUST 27, 2018

What Darul Qasim Believes & Delivers


It is vital that people have access to a source of Islamic knowledge that is authentic, reliable and relevant. Much like any other discipline (religious or secular), knowledge is a trust and must reside with scholarship. Scholars who have dedicated their lives to the preservation, learning, and distribution of the Islamic intellectual heritage must be considered the sole custodians and distributors of this trust. This knowledge must be accessible to anyone who wishes to seek it.
Muslims throughout their intellectual history have always shown this level of professionalism since the very outset of Islam. Understanding the context in which Muslims live has always been a prerequisite to disseminating Islamic knowledge. At Darul Qasim, we have faculty members who are graduates of both secular universities as well as traditional Islamic institutions. Our scholars understand the culture and psyche of contemporary academic discourse.

What to Expect


The Advanced Islamic Law & Islamic Theology program elucidates the link between the derivatives (furūʾ) of Islam and their primary sources (uṣūl). This is how the relationship of content and context comes together to further accentuate the potential of the student to be capable of dealing with modern challenges.

The connection between the Qurʾān and Islamic Law will be discussed through Tafsīr al-Aḥkām (Exegesis of Islamic Law). The understanding of Islamic Law will be shown through an in-depth study of the six authenticated, canonical books of Hadith, along with the Muwaṭṭaʿ of Imām Muḥammad and Imām Mālik. Further comparative fiqh in light of Hadith will be discussed through Imām Ṭahāwī’s Sharḥ Ma’ānī al-Āthār. Scholastic theology will be further developed in the program, discussing philosophy in light of fundamental Islamic beliefs through Tabṣirat al-Aḍillah, an advanced text on Māturīdī Kalām.
The program comes to a completion by researching and documenting an approved thesis in Arabic and presenting/defending it in front of a panel of scholars.

Curriculum


Year Year 1 Year 2
Semester Fall Spring Fall Spring
Department of Arabic     ARAB531
Advanced Arabic Rhetoric I
ARAB532
Advanced Arabic Rhetoric II
Department of Qurʾān QUR501
Tafsīr al-Nasafī I
(Elective)
QUR502
Tafsīr al-Nasafī II
(Elective)
Department of Hadith HAD541
Introduction to Hadith Source Criticism: Sunan Ibn Mājah

HAD551
Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim I

HAD552
Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim II

HAD561
Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī I

HAD562
Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī II

HAD542
Hadith Chain Analysis: Sunan al-Nasāʾī

HAD553
Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim III

HAD554
Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim IV

HAD563
Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī III

HAD564
Readings in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī IV

Department of Theology THEO531
Comparative Dialectic Theology I

THEO599
Thesis Research and Methodology

THEO532
Comparative Dialectic Theology II

THEO599
Thesis Research and Methodology

 

Course Catalog


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.

 

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.