The Qur’an, Orientalism and Modern Thoughts 

Build the foundation on Orientalist approach to Qur’anic interpretation, reliability, authenticity, and divine origin. A broad study of the discourses and issues revolving around long-held stereotypes, theories or presuppositions of the orientalists about the Qur’an and its divinity.



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The Quran, Orientalism and Modern Thoughts 

About The Course

The aim of this comprehensive online course is to provide an in-depth critical study of Orientalists about Quranic interpretation, Quranic reliability, authenticity and its divine origin. It provides the foundation for evaluation, analysis, enhancement of the discourses and issues revolving around long-held stereotypes, theories or presuppositions of the orientalists about Quran and its divinity. It will also critically analyse the contemporary literature related to the Quran and its interpretation written by modern Muslim writers and Muslim liberals in light of the principles of Quranic exegesis (Tafsir).


Mufti Syed Waliullah Abrar Qasmi

Ustadh Safaruk Chowdhury

Mufti Muhammad Ibn Adam

Shaykh Haroon Sidat

Ustadh Sharif Randhawa


Course Code QS301
Duration: 6 Months
 Starting  Date:  15 February 2020

Effort: 2 – 5 Hours / Week
Program: Albalagh Quranic Studies
Prerequisite: None

Language  English
Mode:  Online (Live and Interactive )
Video Recordings: Yes


Course Info

Course Starting Date:

18th January 2020

Registrations are Open

Course Fee

Pay In Full  –  £79.99

Pay In 6 Instalments – £13.33

Add-On (Optional)

Digital Certificate: Free

Printed Certificate: £10

AlBalagh Scholarship is available for learners who cannot afford the fee.

Course Team

Mufti Syed Waliullah Abrar Qasmi

Ustadh Safaruk Chowdhury

Mufti Muhammad Ibn Adam

Shaykh Haroon Sidat


Main Modules 

1. Intro to the Course and English Translations of the Quran

  1. Introduction
  2. Terminologies
  3. Exegesis ( Tafsir) and Quran – Principles
  4. Orientalism and Modern Thoughts– An Overview
  5. Important Reading

2. English Translations of the Qur’an

  1. English Translations – An Overview
  2. Reliable Translations
  3. How to verify the authenticity?
  4. Orientalists and English Translations

3. The Divine Origin of the Quran – Deconstructing the Orientalists Views

  1. Main Doubts on the Divine Origin of the Quran
  2. How to Resolve these Doubts

4. The Preservation of the Quran – Responding to the Orientalist Doubts

  1. Main Objections on the Preservation
  2. How to Respond?

5. The Alteration of the Quran and Shi’ism – Finding the Truth

  1. The Quran and Alteration – Finding the Shia Position
  2. Responding to Doubts
  3. Islamic Position

6. Quranic Reliability and Documented History

  1. Documented History and Archaeology – An Overview
  2. Refuting “ Islam: in Light of History”
  3. Key Objections
  4. How to Address these Objections?

7. Religious Tolerance and Interfaith in the Quran – Finding the Truth

  1. Christians and Jews in the Quran
  2. Polytheist in the Quran
  3. Main Doubts
  4. Is the Quran Intolerant of other Religions?
  5. How to Address these Doubts?

8. Rationality and Morality – Addressing the Objections

  1. Main Objections
  2. War and Peace
  3. How to Address these Objections?

9. Miraculous Nature of the Quran – Responding Criticism

  1. The Miraculous Language of the Quran
  2. Literary Criticism
  3. Quranic Miracles

10. Modern Muslim Writers and the Quran - A Critical Analysis

  1. “Tafseer-Bil-Ray”: (a Quranic Interpretation based on personal opinions and views)
  2. Reliable Sources for Quranic Interpretation
  3. Unreliable Sources
  4. Inaccuracies in Exegesis (Tafsir) – Reasons
    1. Incompetence
    2. Subjecting the Quran to the one’s Own Views
    3. Being Impressed with  Philosophy, Social or Economic Culture or Prevalent Ideologies
    4. Misunderstanding the Quranic Subject
  5. Checklist to Identify the Competency of the Scholars in Quranic Exegesis (Tafsir).
  6. Checklist to Identify the Inaccuracies in the Exegesis (Tafsir).

11. Contemporary Thoughts and Quran - A Critical Analysis – Part 1

  1. Sir Syed Ahmad and His “Tafsir al Quran”- A Critical Analysis
  2. Waheeduddin Khan and the Quran– A Critical Analysis
  3. Ghamidi and His Views about the Quran

12. Contemporary Thoughts and Quran – A Critical Analysis - Part 2

  1. Quran and Reform: Rahman, Arkoun, Abu Zayd
    1. Dr Fazlul Rahman
    2. Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid
    3. Muhammad Arkoun
  2. Nurcholish Majdid
  3. Mohamed Talbi on Understanding the Quran

13. Contemporary Thoughts and Quran – A Critical Analysis - Part 3

  1. Hyseyin Ateays approach
  2. Mohamed Shahrour’s “Al Kitab Wal Quran”
  3. Sadiqh Nayhum and His Views

14. Quran and Modern “Isms” – A Critical Analysis

  1. Quran and Atheism
  2. Main Objections raised by Atheists against the Quran
  3. Islamic Position
  4. Quran and Feminism
  5. Main Objections raised by Feminists against the Quran
    1. Fatima Mernissi and Amina Wadud
    2. Violence against women
    3. Male vs Female
  6. Islamic Position

Course Overview

The course will equip learners with an accurate and in-depth understanding of the Quran and Orientalism. It will critically engage in and analyses perspectives and perceptions held by Orientalists, Modern Muslim Writers and Muslim Liberals in relation to the Quran and Quranic Exegesis. These approaches will be tested against the methods employed by classical scholars, specialists and experts of Quranic exegesis (Tafsir). The course will build on this understanding and present a critical exploration of the way in which ideas purported by Scientism, dogmatic Atheism and Feminism is often shaped by Orientalist assumptions and inherent distortions. These distortions and assumptions on Quranic discourses will be deconstructed.

The course will lay a foundation for clear route to understanding the divine nature of the Quran, its robust preservation methods, its approach to morality and religious tolerance, as well as explore the idea of Quranic alteration present in the literature of Shi’ism. There will be a particular focus for students to develop a distinct ability to identify authentic approaches to Quranic exegesis in light of the positions and arguments of the eminent scholars of the field of exegesis (Tafsir).

Key Objectives

On successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Develop a distinct understanding of Orientalism and contemporary approaches to Quranic Studies.
  • Examine Orientalist approaches to Qur’anic Authenticity, Reliability andits divine origin, and evaluate these opinions.
  • Analysecritical concepts and ideas discussed in the literature written by Orientalists, Muslim Modernist Writers and Muslim Liberals in relation to the Quran and its interpretation.
  • Compare and evaluate opinions held by Orientalists, Modern Muslim writers andLiberals on Quranic Exegesis.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and explain unreliable exegetical methods from reliable and accepted exegetical methods and approaches.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify unreliable exegetical methods and explain reliable and accepted exegetical methods and approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this online course structured?

Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre- recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. The learners can ask questions and get their doubts cleared if any. You can get support from our dedicated academic support team during live sessions and even after it, as needed.

Is it compulsory to attend LIVE sessions? Will it be count towards the progress of my course?

We always encourage attending LIVE sessions among students, but in any case you miss attending one of the sessions, then you can always access the recorded videos of the session (Yes, you will get access to the recorded video of every LIVE session you missed).

When will I have access to the online course material?

Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to myAlbalagh, our online learning portal, within 24 hours.

When will LIVE sessions be scheduled?

The Date, Day, and Time for each LIVE session will always be pre-scheduled. To know more about the schedule on live sessions, please, visit “myAlbalagh” and click on the tab “Schedule.” You will get complete details.

What if I am not able to attend LIVE sessions?

If in any case, you miss attending LIVE session, you can catch up by watching the video recordings later at your convenience. To get access to the video recordings, visit “myAlbalagh” and sign-in. You can get access to “myAlbalagh” through your laptop, desktop and ever your mobile.

What if I have questions to ask but can’t attend Live?

You can access the “discussion board” via “myAlbalagh” or through “whatsapp group” dedicated for student discussion. It is a platform for you to ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared. Our support staff will mediate your queries back and forth to the course instructors.

How do I interact with my classmates?

You can use “Discussion Board” to get connected to other course learners as well. Furthermore, you can interact with your classmates on our “Whatsapp Group” exclusive for the course students.

How long will I have access to the online course?

You will have access to the online course content for up to 2 years. If you want lifetime access, contact our admin team via Email at [email protected].

Are family/group discounts available?

Yes, we provide discounts for groups or families who are interested in joining our courses. Please, email us to get details on it.

I am having trouble signing into my private member portal. What should I do?

In case you find any trouble accessing your account, then please contact us immediately. Our dedicated support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest.

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