The Islamic Scholarly Tradition: Sunday Intensives with Br. Mohamed Acharki

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Find the course readings below

Subject 1: Introduction to Islamic Scholarly Tradition

 

Lecture 1: Introduction, Defining the ‘Islamic Scholarly Tradition’
Prologue: What is Traditional Islam?, from ‘Traditional Islam in the Modern World’, S.H, Nasr. pps. 13-16

Lecture 2: Foundations: Quran
Chapter 3 from Introduction to At-Tasheel, Ibn Juzay pps.9-12

Lecture 3: Foundations: Sunnah
Character of the Prophet, A.A, Nadwi

Lecture 4: Authenticity of the Quran
Chapter 2: Transmission of the Quranic Revelation (first four pages), from ‘Ulum Al-Quran’, A.V, Denferr.

Lecture 5: Integrity of the Sunnah
Introduction, pps.6-10, from ‘A Textbook of Hadith Studies’, M.H, Kamali

Lecture 6: Islamic Sciences and Centrality of Spirituo-Ethics
1) Character of the Prophet, A.A, Nadwi
2) Chapter 2: The Decline of Knowledge and the Rise of Ideology in the Muslim World, pps. 53-54

Lecture 7: Arabic, the Vibrant and Universal Language of the Islamic Scholarly Tradition
Arabic Literature

Lecture 8: Establishment and Development of Islamic Sciences
1) Chapter 2: The Basis of the Teaching System and the Educational Institutions (The Classification of the Sciences) pps. 59-64 from ‘Science and Civilization in Islam’, S.H, Nasr.

2) Fourth section: Translation as a Source of Knowledge

Lecture 9: Continuity and Change
Chapter 6: The Various Kinds of Sciences, sections 34-38 from the Muqaddimah, Ibn Khaldun

Lecture 10: Islamic Scholarship and Modernity
1) Islam and Modernity pps.32-45 from ‘Winning the Modern World for Islam’, A, Yassine

 

Subject 2: Introduction to the Proofs of Islamic Law (Usuul Al-Fiqh)

Lecture 1: Introduction
Source Methodology in Islamic Jurisprudence (Chapter 1), Taha Jabir Alwani

Lecture 2: Legal Ruling (Al-Hukm As-Shar’i)
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, M.H.Kamali
Chapter 17, Hukm Shar’I Law or Value of Shariah pps. 279-293 (Last paragraph of page 279 beginning “Hukm Shar’i is divided into the…”)

Lecture 3: The Quran and Sunnah & Part One of ‘Significations of Utterances’ (Dilaalaat Al-Alfaadh)
The Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, M.H. Kamali
Chapter 4, Rules of Interpretation 1: Deducing the Law From its Sources pps. 84-892) Chapter 5, Rules of Interpretation 2: Ad-Dilaalaat (Textual Implications) pps. 118 & 124-130

Lecture 4: Part Two of ‘Significations of Utterances’
The Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, M.H, Kamali
1) Chapter 4, Classification 2: The ‘Aam (General) and the Khass (Specific), pps. 101-110
2) Chapter 4, Classification 3: The Absolute (Mutlaq) and the Qualified (Muqayyad) pps. 110-112

Lecture 5: Scholarly Consensus (Ijmaa’) and the Practice of the People of Madeena (‘Amal of Ahlul-Madeena)
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, M.H, Kamali
Chapter 8, Ijma’ or Consensus of Opinion, pps. 155-158


Lecture 6: Analogical Reasoning (Qiyaas) and Juridical Preference (Istihsaan)
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, M.H, Kamali
Chapter 9, Qiyas (Analogical Deduction), pps. 180-183
Chapter 12, Istihsan, or Equity in Islamic Law, pps. 217-222

Lecture 7:  Custom (‘Urf) and Interest (Masaalih Al-Mursala)
Chapter 13, Maslaha Mursala (Considerations of Public Interest) pps. 235-238
Chapter 14, ‘Urf (Custom), pps. 248-253


Lecture 8: Conflict (i.e. between evidences) and Preference (Ta’arud Wat-Tarjeeh)
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, M.H, Kamali
Chapter 18, Conflict of Evidences, pps. 307-314


Lecture 9: Higher Objectives of the Shari’ah (Maqaasid)
1) Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, M.H, Kamali
Chapter 13, Maslaha Mursala (Considerations of Public Interest) pps. 238-241 & 243-247

2) The Legal Maxims of Islamic Law (Excluding Five Leading Legal Maxims) and Their Applications in Islamic Finance

Lecture 10: Independent Legal Reasoning (Ijtihad)
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, M.H, Kamali
Chapter 19, Ijtihad or Personal Reasoning, pps. 315-318