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  • Ḥadīth & Rijāl Studies

    This module familiarises students with the science of ḥadith (narration) criticism and authentication, tracing the history of recording hadith all the way to the phenomenon of fabrication, and classification of different ḥadith. It also introduces them toʿIlm al-Rijāl (biographical studies) which investigates the status of narrators of hadith, how scholars go about grading reporters, and their bearing on the credibility of it.

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  • Introduction to Muslim Mysticism

    Islamic mysticism (ʿirfān) relies primarily on experiential knowledge to provide an understanding of God, the universe and the human being; and the relationship between them. This module introduces students to key historical figures and themes within the study of Islamic mysticism, familiarising them with not only the key concepts within the Islamic mystical discourse but also the foundational texts of Islamic spirituality as well as the different literary modes of expressing spiritual sentiment such as in poetry and art.

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  • Pre-Islamic History and History of Prophet Mohammad

    This module critically examines the context in which Islam emerged and the impact that the development of the religion had on the Arabian Peninsula. It evaluates the economic, socio-political and moral norms in pre-Islamic Arabia, known as the period of Jāhiliyya, and thereafter provides a detailed study of the pivotal social and spiritual events during the lifetime of Prophet Mohammad. Students will gain an appreciation of the sources, methodology and approaches to the study of Islamic history.

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  • Introduction to Muslim Philosophy

    Philosophy, also known as ḥikma or ‘wisdom,’ is the systematic attempt to understand reality through a process of rational reflection and deduction. This module provides students with a historical background of the origins and development of philosophy in the Islamic world, central philosophical themes, and the prominent philosophers. It examines the impact that the translation of Greek philosophical texts into the Arabic language had on the development of philosophical ideas amongst Muslims.

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