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  • Advanced Mysticism

    The advanced Islamic mysticism course offers a detailed exposition of the final sections of Ibn Sina’s al-Ishārāt wa-l-tanbīhāt and its commentary by Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī, thereby giving students a clear appreciation of the intricate balance and affinity between philosophy and mysticism among two classical Islamic thinkers. The course also covers a technical study of Dāwūd al-Qayṣarī’s masterpiece known as the Muqaddima, which provides a rational and philosophical prolegomenon to the thought of Muḥyī l-Dīn Ibn ʿArabī and the school that subsequently developed around his thought known as the School of the Unity of Existence.

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  • Advanced Islamic Law

    Islamic law, or jurisprudence (fiqh), is the process of inferring Sharia rulings from their sources. Students will be acquainted with the technical terminology of fiqh and learn how principles discussed in uṣūl al-fiqh are applied in fiqh. Through close textual reading of Shaykh Bāqir al-Irwānī’s Al-Fiqh al-Istidlālī, students will engage in a detailed study of the laws, the juristic method of extrapolating them, and the critical analysis of the juristic procedure and its ensuing rulings. Advanced modules cover juristic evidence for derivation (ijtihad) and emulation (taqlid), and selected reading from Shaykh al-Anṣārī’s Makāsib.

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  • Advanced Logic

    This course provides students with a complete overview of classical logic, the science of correct thinking. Students are introduced to some of the rudimentary building blocks of classical logical theory, including concepts, the theory of definitions, and the five universals using Shaykh Muḥammad Riḍā al-Muẓaffar’s textbook al-Manṭiq. In the latter modules students embark on a detailed study of syllogistic reasoning in which they investigate syllogisms from both their formal and material aspects culminating in the study of the so-called “Five Arts” – demonstration, dialectic, rhetoric, poetry and sophistic.

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  • Advanced Legal Theory

    Legal theory, or uṣūl al-fiqh, provides a general framework or methodology for the process of inferring Sharia rulings. It deals with the evidences that can be utilised and the linguistic and hermeneutical principles for interpreting the Qur’an and sunna. Students will engage in close reading of Muḥammad Riḍā al-Muẓaffar’s uṣūl al-fiqh. The course covers linguistic discussions, rational discussions, authority of evidence and procedural principles.

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