Curriculum

Year One: Essential Islāmic Studies – المؤسسة في العلوم

Foundational Studies of the Islāmic Sciences – أصول

 

Principles of Qurʾānic Sciences – علوم القرآن

    • مبادئ في أصول التفسير للندوي – A modern primer on the principles of Qurʾānic exegesis.
    • التبيان في علوم القرآن للصابوني – A contemporary, well-organized text on the compilation, exegesis, and the miraculous nature of the Qurʾān.
    • الفوز الكبير في أصول التفسير – A thorough text used solely for its contemporary understanding of abrogation.
  • Principles of Ḥadīth Sciences – أصول الحديث
    • مبادئ في أصول الحديث للندوي – A modern primer on the principles of Ḥadīth study.
    • تيسير مصطلح الحديث للطحان – A contemporary, well-organized text on the types of Ḥadīth, its narrators, and its narration.
    • نخبة الفكر لابن حجر العسقلاني – A brief summary of Ḥadīth Sciences.
    • المنظومة البيقونية في علم الحديث – A concise poem on Ḥadīth Sciences.
  • Principles of Legal Sciences – أصول الفقه
    • مبادئ في أصول الفقه للندوي – A modern primer on the principles of legal sciences.
    • الوجيز في أصول الفقه للزحيلي – A contemporary, well-organized text on legal evidences, rulings, principles of extrapolation, and maxims of the religion.
    • أصول الفقه الإسلامي و أدلته للزحيلي – A text used as detailed supplementary material.
  • Theology – عقيدة
    • العقيدة الطحاوية – A centrist text on the core tenets of Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamā’ah.

 

Islāmic Sciences – علوم

 

Qurʾānic Exegesis – تفسير

    • تفسير القرآن العظيم لابن كثير – Notable for its emphasis on narrations.
    • الجامع لأحكام القرآن للقرطبي – Notable for its emphasis on legality.
    • الكشاف للزمخشري – Notable for its emphasis on linguistics.
    • التحرير و التنوير لابن عاشور – Notable for its emphasis on maxims and eloquence.
    • مفاتيح الغيب للرازي – Notable for its inclusion of all sciences.
  • Prophetic Narrations – حديث
    • الأربعون النووية – A collection of 40 Ḥadīth on the foundations of the religion.
    • الأربعون الأخرى – A study of an additional collection of 40 Ḥadīth.
  • Prophetic Biography – سيرة
    • عيون الأثر الجزء الأول لابن سيّد الناس- The prophetic biography from birth to the Battle of Badr.
  • Islāmic Jurisprudence – فقه
    • مختصر القدوري في فقه العبادات – A brief summary of the rulings in the Ḥanafī school of legal thought.
    • الفقه الإسلامي و أدلته للزحيلي – A detailed explanation of the rulings of the four major legal schools of thought.
  • Personal Development – تزكية
    • أيها الولد للغزالي  – A letter written by Imām Ghāzālī to his student after finishing an extensive course of Islāmic study.
    • إحياء علوم الدين للغزالي – A seminal work on spirituality through faith and society.
    • تعليم المتعلم للزرنوجي – A text on what it means to be a student of knowledge.

 

Year 2: Advanced Islāmic Studies – التكميل و التدرج

 

Prophetic Biography – سيرة

  • عيون الأثر الجزء الثاني لابن سيّد الناس – The prophetic biography from the Battle of Badr to his passing.

 

Prophetic Narrations – حديث

  • مشكاة المصابيح للتبريزي- A comprehensive and well-organized collection of aḥādīth arranged by subject matter and authenticity.

 

Islāmic Legal Principles & Jurisprudence – فقه و أصوله

  • الهداية للمرغيناني المجلد الأول و الثاني – A 12th century Ḥanafī juridical work authoritative and popular for the reliability of its statements and soundness of its legal reasoning.
  • فقه البيوع لتقي عثماني المجلد الأول و الثاني – A newly-released work on the modern fiqh of transactions.
  • شرح معاني الآثار للطحاوي المجلد الأول – A comprehensive and interdisciplinary text notable for deducting rulings from seemingly contradictory aḥādīth.
  • السراجية في الميراث لمحمد بن عبد الرشيد السجاوندي – A Ḥanafī treatise on the laws of inheritance.

 

Logic & Philosophy – كلام و فلسفة

  • شرح العقائد النسفية للتفتازاني- A commentary of the Māturīdī creed detailing its general principles and clarifying its intricacies.
  • شرح الفقه الأكبر لملا علي القاري – A commentary on one of the earliest texts written on Islamic creed and one of the surviving works of Imām Abu Ḥanīfah.
  • روح المعاني للآلوسي – A thirty volume exegesis of the Qurʾān encompassing all previous tafāsīr.
  • أنوار التنزيل و أسرار التأويل للبيضاوي – An influential, scholarly endeavor exploring the linguistic, rhetorical, and philosophical depth of the Qurʾān.

 

Year 3: Formal Islāmic Studies – دورة الحديث

 

  • صحيح البخاري – Considered the most authentic book after the Qurʾān, this ḥadīth compilation is notable for the quality and soundness of the chain of narrators, the beliefs and practice of each narrator, and the arrangement and ordering of its chapters.

 

  • صحيح مسلم – Considered the next most authentic book after Ṣahīh al-Bukhārī, this ḥadīth compilation is notable for its strict criteria of having two sound narrations for each ḥadīth, a scientific arrangement of themes and chapters, and the specification of different wordings used by the narrators.

 

  • سنن النسائي – Considered the next most authentic book after Ṣahīh Muslim, this collection is notable for being a selection of aḥadīth from Imam al-Nasāʾī’s Al-Sunan Al-Kubrá.

 

  • سنن أبي داود – Considered the next most authentic book after Sunan al-Nasāʾī, this collection includes two types of ḥadīth: those that are mentioned in Ṣahīh al-Bukhārī and/or Ṣahīh Muslim and those that fulfill the conditions of Imām Bukhārī and Imām Muslim.

 

  • جامع الترمذي – Considered the next most authentic book after Sunan Abī Dāwūd, this collection is notable for its arrangement according to legal chapters and for its inclusion of the authenticity of each ḥadīth and its different legal opinions.

 

  • سنن ابن ماجه – This collection consists of over 4,000 aḥādīth arranged in 1500 chapters.

 

  • الموطأ لمالك – The earliest written collection of aḥādīth comprising the subjects of Islamic law, this collection is notable for its brevity yet comprehensiveness, its lack of non-verbatim aḥādīth attributed to the Prophet (ﷺ) or aḥādīth from any innovator, and its highly literary form of classical Arabic.

 

Year 4: Specialization & Contribution to Islāmic Studies – التخصص و المقالة

Students will identify a field of specialization. They will be assigned mentors who are considered experts of their fields. Students will engage in the analysis and critiquing of advanced works and publications in the field after which they will choose a research topic and write a thesis in the spirit of contributing to the field of their specialization.

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