Quran, Orientalism and Modern Thoughts 

     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).

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Duration – 3+ Months

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10 Live Sessions ( One / Week)

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Duration – 4+ Months

 

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Length: 4+ Months
Effort: 2 to 5 hours per Week
Price: From £19.99 per month.
Program: Albalagh Quranic Studies
Level: Level - 1
Prerequisite: None
Language: English
Mode: Online (Live and Interactive)
Video Recordings: Yes
Online Learning Material: Yes

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Course Info

Course Starting Date:

7th July 2019

Registration Deadline:

5th July 2019

Course Fee

Pay In Full  –  £69.99 ( Before 15th February)

Pay In Full  –  £79.99 ( After 15th February)

Pay In 4 Instalments – £19.99

Add-On (Optional)

Digital Certificate: Free

Printed Certificate: £10

Mentor Support (One to One): £40

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

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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).

      The course will further prepare learners with a perceptive understanding of modern approaches to Quranic exegesis presented by modern Muslim writers and will allow students to evaluate these in contrast to classical methodologies. There will be an exploration of a range of Muslim Modernist and Liberal thinkers and writers such as Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Abdul Waheed Khan, Fazlur-Rahman, Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid, Muhammad Arkoun, Mohamed Talbi, Hyseyin Ateay, Mohamed Shahrour, Fatima Mernissi, Amina Wadud and others.

     Students will also be able to investigate and examine the quality and reliability of English translations. Here learners will be able to identify and distinguish reliable translations with those that are unreliable in relation to the classical methods and principles.

Main Modules 

1. Exegesis (Tafsir) and Quran – Key Principles

2. Orientalism and Modern Thoughts – An Overview

3. English Translations of the Qur’an

4. Orientalists and English Translations

5. How to check the authenticity and reliably of English translations?

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

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

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

9. Quranic Reliability and Documented History

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

11. Rationality and Morality – Addressing the Objections

12. Miraculous Nature of the Quran – Responding Criticism

13. Contemporary Thoughts and Quranic Exegesis

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

Learning Outcomes

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 and its divine origin, and evaluate these opinions.
  • Analyse critical 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 and Liberals 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

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