Intermediate Islamic Studies Program

 

Background

The Intermediate Islamic studies program at Darul Qasim will take you on a rich and in-depth journey into the methodology behind the Islamic tradition.

What You Will Gain

The full-time students complete their course work with the completion of 56 courses over a period of four years. The student completes the course with the following:
– Proficiency in Classical Arabic and Modern Arabic
– The ability to read knowledge recorded from the Oral Tradition
– Firm grounding in Islamic theology (ʿAqīdah)
– Strong foundations in the methodology and principles of Qurʾānic Exegesis, Hadith, Islamic Law, and Discursive Theology
– An in-depth and thorough understanding of one Madhhab (Legal School of Thought)

Students who complete this program will possess the necessary competence and skills to serve their local communities as Imams, program or youth directors, teachers, etc. The student completing may also choose to pursue further training and certification with certified institutions in the fields of community counseling, chaplaincy, Islamic school department leadership, etc.

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Important Dates

Application Deadline AUGUST 18, 2019

New Students Orientation Friday, AUGUST 21-23, 2019

First day of class Monday, AUGUST 26, 2019

What to Expect


Darul Qasim’s principal objective is to familiarize students with the ‘tools of understanding’ for reading knowledge recorded from the Oral Tradition, which vary from those used to obtain knowledge from a written tradition. This is because historically, the core content of Islamic knowledge transmitted during the first three generations of Islamic civilization was based on the Oral Tradition. Subsequent generations documented and reported the content of that knowledge in books. This naturally requires an understanding of the context in which something was said, the people it was said to, and the colloquial meanings from that time. Darul Qasim guides students to explore and understand the finesse embedded in the layers of our tradition.

What the Structure Entails


The intermediate Islamic studies program is built on an extensive study of Arabic grammar and rhetoric. These language skills are used to study texts on principles of Qurʾānic Exegesis, Hadith, Islamic Law, and Theological studies. These basic principles along with courses in a particular Legal School of Thought (Madhhab) will develop the understanding of the ‘Content’ (Mafhūm Islāmī) of early Muslim intellectual civilizations and the Oral Tradition of the first three generations.

Prerequisite: The Immersion Shaykh al-Hind Program

Prior to the Intermediate Islamic studies program, students are required to complete the Immersion Shaykh al-Hind program or its equivalent. Students will spend the prerequisite year studying foundational Arabic, while also being introduced to the core content of Islamic sciences. For more information on the Shaykh al-Hind program, click here.

Year 1-2: Requisites, Instrumental Sciences

‘Instrumental Sciences’ are taught predominantly in the first two years of the program within the Department of Arabic and Instrumental Sciences. The instrumental sciences come to a completion with an in-depth study of rhetoric and logic to allow the student to develop a rational mindset through the Islamic lens. Additionally, focus is placed on building a proficiency in the student’s ability to speak, read, and write Arabic in the modern context.

Curriculum


Year 1

Year 2

Semester

Fall

Spring

Short-Term

Fall

Spring

Short-Term

Department of Arabic
ARAB101
Arabic Syntactic Compendia
ARAB111
Advanced MorphologyARAB151
Arabic Lab Level 1
ARAB102
Advanced Arabic Syntax I
ARAB152
Arabic Lab Level 2
ARAB201
Advanced Arabic Syntax II
ARAB211
Arabic Rhetoric IARAB251
Arabic Lab Level 3
ARAB202
Sharḥ Ibn ‘Aqīl
ARAB212
Arabic Rhetoric  IIARAB252
Arabic Lab Level 4
ARAB202
Sharḥ Ibn ʿAqīl
Department of Qurʾānic Studies and Recitation
QUR101
Tajwīd
QUR101
Tajwīd
QUR102
History of the Qurʾānic Text
QUR201
Translation of the Qur’ān
QUR202
Qurʾānic Exegesis
Department of Islamic Law
LAW101
Legal Compendia I
LAW102
Legal Compendia II
LAW102
Legal Compendia II
LAW201
Legal Reasoning l
LAW231
Islamic Legal Methodology
LAW202
Legal Reasoning II
LAW241
Legal Methodology I
LAW202
Legal Reasoning II
LAW241
Islamic Legal Methodology I
Department of Hadith
HAD101
Ethics in the Prophetic Tradition I
HAD102
Ethics in the Prophetic Tradition II
Department of Theology
THEO101
Introduction to Theology
THEO102
Intermediate Islamic Theology

 

Year 3-4: Specializations, Core Content

By the end of the fourth year, the student will be well versed in their Hanafi fiqh, or corresponding madhhab (legal school of thought), by completing the two (awwalayn) of the four volumes of al-Hidāyah (Hanafi advanced text of Islamic Jurisprudence) or its equivalent in the other three legal schools of thought. Furthermore, the student will be introduced to scholastic theology, discussing philosophy in light of fundamental Islamic beliefs along with the rationalization of objections raised against these beliefs through Sharḥ al-ʾAqāʿid al-Nasafīyyah.

 

Year 3

Year 4

Semester

Fall

Spring

Short-Term

Fall

Spring

Short-Term

Department of Arabic
ARAB301
Selections from Arabic Literature I
ARAB351
Arabic Lab Level 5
ARAB302
Selections from Arabic Literature II
ARAB352
Arabic Lab Level 6
ARAB451
Arabic Lab Level 7
ARAB452
Arabic Lab Level 8
Department of Qurʾān
QUR301
Principles of Qurʾānic Exegesis
QUR302
Thematic Study of the Qurʾān
QUR401
Concise Qur’ānic Exegesis I
QUR402
Concise Qur’ānic Exegesis II
QUR402
Concise Qur’ānic Exegesis II
Department of Islamic Law
LAW301
Legal Reasoning III
LAW331
Islamic Legal Methodology II
LAW302
Legal Reasoning IV
LAW332
Islamic Legal Methodology III
LAW302
Legal Reasoning IV
LAW341
Islamic Laws of Inheritance
LAW401
Advanced Legal Reasoning: al-Hidāyah Volume 1 and 2
I
LAW402
Advanced Legal Reasoning: al-Hidāyah Volume 1 and 2
II
LAW402
Advanced Legal Reasoning: al-Hidāyah Volume 1 and 2
II
Department of Hadith
HAD301
Introduction to the Hadith Sciences
HAD302
Introduction to Hadith Criticism and Chain Analysis
HAD401
Reading the Hadith I
HAD402
Reading the Hadith II
HAD403
Reading the Hadith III
HAD404
Reading the Hadith IV
HAD403
Reading the Hadith III
HAD404
Reading the Hadith IV
Department of Theology
THEO401
Introduction to Advanced Dialectic Theology I
THEO402
Introduction to Advanced Dialectic Theology II

 

 

Course Catalog


Department of Arabic

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.

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.

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).

ARAB298

Elective

Topics in Arabic

A culmination of various texts taught at the 200-level

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.

Department of Hadith

Course Code

Core or Elective

Department

Course Name

Course Description

HAD101

Core

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

Hadith

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

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

Islamic Law

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

LAW101

Core

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

The course consists of a detailed study of Imam al-Qudūrī’s (d. 428/1036) al-Mukhtaṣar, introducing students to masāʾil (legal cases) in all abwāb fiqhiyyah (juristic chapters). Within the Hanafi school, al-Mukhtaṣar is known simply as al-Kitāb (The Book) due to its immense influence and authority. The text is distinguished by the clarity of its language, and by being concise and comprehensive at the same time. A proper study of this text will allow students to recall and retain all of the core legal rulings in the school.

LAW102

Core

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

The course consists of a detailed study of al-Qudūrī’s (d. 428/1036) al-Mukhtaṣar, introducing students to masā'il (legal cases) in all abwāb fiqhiyyah (juristic chapters). Within the Hanafi school, al-Mukhtaṣar is known simply as al-Kitāb (The Book) due to its immense influence and authority. The text is distinguished by the clarity of its language, and by being concise and comprehensive at the same time. A proper study of this text will allow students to recall and retain all of the core legal rulings in the school.

LAW201

Core

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

al-Ikhtiyār is Abd Allāh b. Mahmud al-Mawṣilī’s (d. 683/1284) own commentary on his legal compendium al-Mukhtār, which is considered one of the foundational texts of the Ḥanafī school. The course consists of an intensive study of this commentary which introduces the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing evidence based on transmission and thought for each legal opinion. al-Ikhtiyār, which is distinguished by its lucid language, is also a work of tarjīḥ (legal preference) in that it identifies the opinions according to which fatwas are issued. The aim of this course is to investigate the relationship between Islamic legal sources of evidence and legal rulings.

LAW202

Core

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

al-Ikhtiyār is Abd Allāh b. Mahmud al-Mawṣilī’s (d. 683/1284) own commentary on his legal compendium al-Mukhtār, which is considered one of the foundational texts of the Ḥanafī school. The course consists of an intensive study of this commentary which introduces the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing evidence based on transmission and thought for each legal opinion. al-Ikhtiyār, which is distinguished by its lucid language, is also a work of tarjīḥ (legal preference) in that it identifies the opinions according to which fatwas are issued. The aim of this course is to investigate the relationship between Islamic legal sources of evidence and legal rulings.

LAW211

Core

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

Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah, also known popularly as Sharḥ al-Nuqāyah, is the masterful commentary of Mullā ʿAlī b. Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605) on Ṣadr al-Sharīʿah ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd al-Maḥbūbī’s legal text al-Nuqāyah, one of the reliable legal texts (mutūn) of the Ḥanafī school. Al-Qārī’s work is distinguished by its masterful amalgam of legal discussions from the various renowned commentaries on Imam al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah, including Ibn al-Humām’s Fatḥ al-Qadīr and al-Zaylaʿī’s Naṣb al-Rāyah. This course consists of an intensive study of this commentary and aims to introduce the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing transmitted and analytical evidence for the legal opinions of the Ḥanafī school.

LAW212

Core

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

Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah, also known popularly as Sharḥ al-Nuqāyah, is the masterful commentary of Mullā ʿAlī b. Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605) on Ṣadr al-Sharīʿah ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd al-Maḥbūbī’s legal text al-Nuqāyah, one of the reliable legal texts (mutūn) of the Ḥanafī school. Al-Qārī’s work is distinguished by its masterful amalgam of legal discussions from the various renowned commentaries on Imam al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah, including Ibn al-Humām’s Fatḥ al-Qadīr and al-Zaylaʿī’s Naṣb al-Rāyah. This course consists of an intensive study of this commentary and aims to introduce the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing transmitted and analytical evidence for the legal opinions of the Ḥanafī school.

LAW221

Core

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

The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd (d. 747/1346) in his Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah comments on his grandfather’s (Tāj al-Sharīʿah) al-Wiqāyah. Each legal issue and its ruling are coupled with proof from either primary sources of Islamic law or deduced maxims. The author also weighs multiple opinions within the school and offers his preferences. This study prepares students to the study of al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah at the advanced level.

LAW222

Core

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

The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd (d. 747/1346) in his Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah comments on his grandfather’s (Tāj al-Sharīʿah) al-Wiqāyah. Each legal issue and its ruling are coupled with proof from either primary sources of Islamic law or deduced maxims. The author also weighs multiple opinions within the school and offers his preferences. This study prepares students to the study of al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah at the advanced level.

LAW231

Core

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

The course is a primer for Usūl al-Fiqh (Principles of Jurisprudence). Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Farfur’s (1945-2014) al-Zād min Uṣūl al-Fiqh al-Islamī introduces the student to the major themes and terminologies of the field, citing examples of application. The book’s well organized chapters make it a perfect fit for beginner level students.

LAW241

Core

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

The course consists of an intensive study of 'Alā al-Dīn Muḥammad b. 'Alī al-Ḥiṣnī al-Ḥaṣkafī’s (d.1088/1677) Ifāḍat al-Anwār which is a commentary on the influential text of Islamic jurisprudence al-Manār of Ḥafiẓ al-Dīn Abū l-Barakāt 'Abd Allāh b. Aḥmad al-Nasafī (d. 710/1310). The text and the commentary cover all the major topics of Islamic legal methodology according to the Ḥanafī school. Ḥaskafī’s commentary is distinguished by being one of the most concise commentaries on al-Manār and summarizes the insights of previous commentaries. The aim of the course is to teach students concepts and principles of Islamic legal methodology in detail with examples to enable them to do further research in the field. Students are recommended to use editions that have Ibn ʿĀbidīn’s gloss Nasamāt al-Asḥār and get a copy of Ibn Malak’s Sharḥ al-Manār for reference. This course is offered in three semesters in the intermediate program or two semesters in the advanced program.

LAW301

Core

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

al-Ikhtiyār is Abd Allāh b. Mahmud al-Mawṣilī’s (d. 683/1284) own commentary on his legal compendium al-Mukhtār, which is considered one of the foundational texts of the Ḥanafī school. The course consists of an intensive study of this commentary which introduces the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing evidence based on transmission and thought for each legal opinion. al-Ikhtiyār, which is distinguished by its lucid language, is also a work of tarjīḥ (legal preference) in that it identifies the opinions according to which fatwas are issued. The aim of this course is to investigate the relationship between Islamic legal sources of evidence and legal rulings.

LAW302

Core

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

al-Ikhtiyār is Abd Allāh b. Mahmud al-Mawṣilī’s (d. 683/1284) own commentary on his legal compendium al-Mukhtār, which is considered one of the foundational texts of the Ḥanafī school. The course consists of an intensive study of this commentary which introduces the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing evidence based on transmission and thought for each legal opinion. al-Ikhtiyār, which is distinguished by its lucid language, is also a work of tarjīḥ (legal preference) in that it identifies the opinions according to which fatwas are issued. The aim of this course is to investigate the relationship between Islamic legal sources of evidence and legal rulings.

LAW311

Core

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

Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah, also known popularly as Sharḥ al-Nuqāyah, is the masterful commentary of Mullā ʿAlī b. Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605) on Ṣadr al-Sharīʿah ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd al-Maḥbūbī’s legal text al-Nuqāyah, one of the reliable legal texts (mutūn) of the Ḥanafī school. Al-Qārī’s work is distinguished by its masterful amalgam of legal discussions from the various renowned commentaries on Imam al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah, including Ibn al-Humām’s Fatḥ al-Qadīr and al-Zaylaʿī’s Naṣb al-Rāyah. This course consists of an intensive study of this commentary and aims to introduce the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing transmitted and analytical evidence for the legal opinions of the Ḥanafī school.

LAW312

Core

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

Fatḥ Bāb al-ʿInāyah, also known popularly as Sharḥ al-Nuqāyah, is the masterful commentary of Mullā ʿAlī b. Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Qārī (d. 1014/1605) on Ṣadr al-Sharīʿah ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd al-Maḥbūbī’s legal text al-Nuqāyah, one of the reliable legal texts (mutūn) of the Ḥanafī school. Al-Qārī’s work is distinguished by its masterful amalgam of legal discussions from the various renowned commentaries on Imam al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah, including Ibn al-Humām’s Fatḥ al-Qadīr and al-Zaylaʿī’s Naṣb al-Rāyah. This course consists of an intensive study of this commentary and aims to introduce the student to Islamic legal reasoning by providing transmitted and analytical evidence for the legal opinions of the Ḥanafī school.

LAW321

Core

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

The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd (d. 747/1346) in his Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah comments on his grandfather’s (Tāj al-Sharīʿah) al-Wiqāyah. Each legal issue and its ruling are coupled with proof from either primary sources of Islamic law or deduced maxims. The author also weighs multiple opinions within the school and offers his preferences. This study prepares students to the study of al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah at the advanced level.

LAW322

Core

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

The course introduces students to Islamic legal reasoning. ʿUbayd Allāh b. Masʿūd (d. 747/1346) in his Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah comments on his grandfather’s (Tāj al-Sharīʿah) al-Wiqāyah. Each legal issue and its ruling are coupled with proof from either primary sources of Islamic law or deduced maxims. The author also weighs multiple opinions within the school and offers his preferences. This study prepares students to the study of al-Marghīnānī’s al-Hidāyah at the advanced level.

LAW331

Core

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

The course consists of an intensive study of 'Alā al-Dīn Muḥammad b. 'Alī al-Ḥiṣnī al-Ḥaṣkafī’s (d.1088/1677) Ifāḍat al-Anwār which is a commentary on the influential text of Islamic jurisprudence al-Manār of Ḥafiẓ al-Dīn Abū l-Barakāt 'Abd Allāh b. Aḥmad al-Nasafī (d. 710/1310). The text and the commentary cover all the major topics of Islamic legal methodology according to the Ḥanafī school. Ḥaskafī’s commentary is distinguished by being one of the most concise commentaries on al-Manār and summarizes the insights of previous commentaries. The aim of the course is to teach students concepts and principles of Islamic legal methodology in detail with examples to enable them to do further research in the field. Students are recommended to use editions that have Ibn ʿĀbidīn’s gloss Nasamāt al-Asḥār and get a copy of Ibn Malak’s Sharḥ al-Manār for reference. This course is offered in three semesters in the intermediate program or two semesters in the advanced program.

LAW332

Core

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

The course consists of an intensive study of ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn Muḥammad b. ʿAlī al-Ḥiṣnī al-Ḥaṣkafī’s (d.1088/1677) Ifāḍat al-Anwār which is a commentary on the influential text of Islamic jurisprudence al-Manār of Ḥafiẓ al-Dīn Abū l-Barakāt ʿAbd Allāh b. Aḥmad al-Nasafī (d. 710/1310). The text and the commentary cover all the major topics of Islamic legal methodology according to the Ḥanafī school. Ḥaskafī’s commentary is distinguished by being one of the most concise commentaries on al-Manār and summarizes the insights of previous commentaries. The aim of the course is to teach students concepts and principles of Islamic legal methodology in detail with examples to enable them to do further research in the field. Students are recommended to use editions that have Ibn ʿĀbidīn’s gloss Nasamāt al-Asḥār and get a copy of Ibn Malak’s Sharḥ al-Manār for reference. This course is offered in three semesters in the intermediate program or two semesters in the advanced program.

LAW341

Elective

Islamic Laws of Inheritance

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

LAW401

Core

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

al-Marghīnānī’s (d. 593/1196) al-Hidāyah empowers the student with a comprehensive understanding of each legal issue through delving into textual and rational evidence. al-Marghīnānī furthers the discourse at times by mentioning similar rulings or drawing the student’s attention to subtle differences between apparently similar cases. The author also presents opposing opinions from both within and outside the Ḥanafī legal school. The discourse is concluded by answering the objections of the opposition by transmitted evidence or legal maxims. al-Hidāyah has enjoyed special attention throughout the ages. The various commentaries and notes on the work ease the student’s journey.

LAW402

Core

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

Imam Burhān al-Dīn al-Marghīnānī’s (d. 593/1196) al-Hidāyah empowers the student with a comprehensive understanding of each legal issue through delving into textual and rational evidence. Al-Marghīnānī furthers the discourse at times by mentioning similar rulings or drawing the student’s attention to subtle differences between apparently similar cases. The author also presents opposing opinions from both within and outside the Ḥanafī legal school. The discourse is concluded by answering the objections of the opposition by transmitted evidence or legal maxims. Al-Hidāyah has enjoyed special attention throughout the ages. The various commentaries and notes on the work ease the student’s journey.

LAW501

Core

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

Imam Burhān al-Dīn al-Marghīnānī’s (d. 593/1196) al-Hidāyah empowers the student with a comprehensive understanding of each legal issue through delving into textual and rational evidence. Al-Marghīnānī furthers the discourse at times by mentioning similar rulings or drawing the student’s attention to subtle differences between apparently similar cases. The author also presents opposing opinions from both within and outside the Ḥanafī legal school. The discourse is concluded by answering the objections of the opposition by transmitted evidence or legal maxims. Al-Hidāyah has enjoyed special attention throughout the ages. The various commentaries and notes on the work ease the student’s journey.

LAW502

Core

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

al-Marghīnānī’s (d. 593/1196) al-Hidāyah empowers the student with a comprehensive understanding of each legal issue through delving into textual and rational evidence. al-Marghīnānī furthers the discourse at times by mentioning similar rulings or drawing the student’s attention to subtle differences between apparently similar cases. The author also presents opposing opinions from both within and outside the Ḥanafī legal school. The discourse is concluded by answering the objections of the opposition by transmitted evidence or legal maxims. al-Hidāyah has enjoyed special attention throughout the ages. The various commentaries and notes on the work ease the student’s journey.

LAW511

Core

Introduction to Islamic Legal Maxims: Qawāʿid al-Majallah

Majallat al-Aḥkām al-ʿAdliyyah, which was composed between 1868-1876 by a committee of jurists led by Ahmet Cevdet Pasha (d. 1895), the justice minister of the Ottoman Empire, is significant as the first codification of Islamic law in Islamic legal history. The work begins with an introduction that comprises one hundred articles, the first of which is a definition of Islamic law while the remaining ninety-nine are Islamic legal maxims. This course aims to introduce the student to the field of Islamic legal maxims through a detailed study of the legal maxims of the Majallah based upon Ali Haydar Efendi’s (d. 1353/1935) Durar al-Ḥukkām fī Sharḥ Majallat al-Aḥkām, which is considered one of the best commentaries of the Majallah.

Department of Qur'an

 

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

 

 

Tafsīr al-Nasafī I

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

QUR502

Elective

Tafsīr al-Nasafī II

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

 

Department of 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.

 

What Darul Qasim Strives to Provide Students

A student completing the Intermediate Islamic Studies program will exhibit proficiency in three areas:


Fahm

The ability to read and comprehend all the material covered with a clear understanding

Takrār

The ability to repeat and reproduce, confirming an understanding of the content learned when
cross-examined by the teacher

Tafhīm

The ability to disseminate the content learned throughout the program.

Testimonials


“After over a decade of taking classes online and with other institutes on a part-time basis, I’m so happy that Darul Qasim is my home for learning. The quality of instruction is phenomenal. Our highly-trained teachers bring centuries old texts to life by connecting the Islamic tradition to current-day realities, social sciences, spirituality, and practice. I travel daily in the middle of my workday to attend class at Darul Qasim and always leave inspired. The professionalism and educational quality is top-notch. The quality is so worth it for me that I stay later at work to make up the time I spend on campus during the day.
Our teachers bring their strong and faithful grounding in the tradition while being fully able to speak to the latest work in the Islamic sciences, so our education is both authentic and relevant.”

Abdul Sattar Ahmed

Second Year Student, 2015-2016, BS Finance, BS Information Sciences | Senior Software Engineer

My year at Darul Qasim has been a wonderful experience. I have been to my share of Higher Level Islamic Institutes, enjoying their own distinguishing features – so what sets Darul Qasim apart? I feel what Darul Qasim brings to the table is academic curiosity and a passion for research. This year my research has spanned a variety of topics from bitcoins, the stock market, gelatin, to the origins of Satan: whether he was an angel or a jinn. This focus on research is based on the philosophy that Shaykh Amin imparts to all the students: that the greatness of a people is based on their academic superiority. Personally, this year has been a breakthrough for me in that many questions of creed that had long been gnawing away at me were finally answered in detail with convincing proof, questions that i feel every young muslim is challenged with at some point like the issue of free will, predestination, the problem of evil, proof of God’s existence. I am truly excited to move on the Advanced program and can only imagine the layers of knowledge that are yet to unfold.

Atiq Taiyab

Completed the Intermediate Islamic Studies Program 2016, Darul Qasim