4-Year Program Curriculum

 
 

YEAR BY YEAR BREAKDOWN:

 
 

Year One: Essential
Islamic Studies
 المؤسسة في العلوم

Foundational Studies of the Islamic Sciences – أصول

Principles of Qurʾanic Sciences – علوم القرآن

  • مبادئ في أصول التفسير للندوي – A modern primer on the principles of Qurʾanic exegesis.

    1. التبيان في علوم القرآن للصابوني – A contemporary, well-organized text on the compilation, exegesis, and the miraculous nature of the Qurʾan.

    2. الفوز الكبير في أصول التفسير – A thorough text used solely for its contemporary understanding of abrogation.

  • Principles of Hadith Sciences – أصول الحديث

    • مبادئ في أصول الحديث للندوي – A modern primer on the principles of Hadith study.

      تيسير مصطلح الحديث للطحان – A contemporary, well-organized text on the types of Hadith, its narrators, and its narration.

    • نخبة الفكر لابن حجر العسقلاني – A brief summary of Hadith Sciences.

    • المنظومة البيقونية في علم الحديث – A concise poem on Hadith Sciences.

  • Principles of Legal Sciences – أصول الفقه

    • مبادئ في أصول الفقه للندوي – A modern primer on the principles of legal sciences.

    • الوجيز في أصول الفقه للزحيلي – A contemporary, well-organized text on legal evidences, rulings, principles of extrapolation, and maxims of the religion.

    • أصول الفقه الإسلامي و أدلته للزحيلي – A text used as detailed supplementary material.

  • Theology – عقيدة

    • العقيدة الطحاوية – A centrist text on the core tenets of Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah.

Qurʾānic Exegesis – تفسير

  • تفسير القرآن العظيم لابن كثير – Notable for its emphasis on narrations.

    1. الجامع لأحكام القرآن للقرطبي – Notable for its emphasis on legality.

    2. الكشاف للزمخشري – Notable for its emphasis on linguistics.

    3. التحرير و التنوير لابن عاشور – Notable for its emphasis on maxims and eloquence.

    4. مفاتيح الغيب للرازي – Notable for its inclusion of all sciences.

  • Prophetic Narrations – حديث

    • الأربعون النووية – A collection of 40 Hadith on the foundations of the religion.

    • الأربعون الأخرى – A study of an additional collection of 40 Hadith.

  • Prophetic Biography – سيرة

    • عيون الأثر الجزء الأول لابن سيّد الناس- The prophetic biography from birth to the Battle of Badr.

  • Islamic Jurisprudence – فقه

    • مختصر القدوري في فقه العبادات – A brief summary of the rulings in the Hanafi school of legal thought.

    • الفقه الإسلامي و أدلته للزحيلي – A detailed explanation of the rulings of the four major legal schools of thought.

  • Personal Development – تزكية

    • أيها الولد للغزالي – A letter written by Imam Ghazali to his student after finishing an extensive course of Islamic study.

    • إحياء علوم الدين للغزالي – A seminal work on spirituality through faith and society.

    • تعليم المتعلم للزرنوجي – A text on what it means to be a student of knowledge.

 

Year 2: Advanced
Islamic Studies
التكميل و التدرج

Prophetic Biography – سيرة

  • عيون الأثر الجزء الثاني لابن سيّد الناس – The prophetic biography from the Battle of Badr to his passing ﷺ.

Prophetic Narrations – حديث

  • مشكاة المصابيح للتبريزي- A comprehensive and well-organized collection of ahadith arranged by subject matter and authenticity.

Islāmic Legal Principles & Jurisprudence – فقه و أصوله

  • الهداية للمرغيناني المجلد الأول و الثاني – A 12th century Hanafi juridical work authoritative and popular for the reliability of its statements and soundness of its legal reasoning.

  • فقه البيوع لتقي عثماني المجلد الأول و الثاني – A newly-released work on the modern fiqh of transactions.

  • شرح معاني الآثار للطحاوي المجلد الأول – A comprehensive and interdisciplinary text notable for deducting rulings from seemingly contradictory ahadith.

  • السراجية في الميراث لمحمد بن عبد الرشيد السجاوندي – A Hanafi treatise on the laws of inheritance.

Logic & Philosophy – كلام و فلسفة

  • شرح العقائد النسفية للتفتازاني- A commentary of the Maturidi creed detailing its general principles and clarifying its intricacies.

  • شرح الفقه الأكبر لملا علي القاري – A commentary on one of the earliest texts written on Islamic creed and one of the surviving works of Imam Abu Hanifah.

  • روح المعاني للآلوسي – A thirty volume exegesis of the Qurʾan encompassing all previous tafasir.

  • أنوار التنزيل و أسرار التأويل للبيضاوي – An influential, scholarly endeavor exploring the linguistic, rhetorical, and philosophical depth of the Qurʾan.

 

Year 3: Formal Islamic Studies  دورة الحديث

  • صحيح البخاري – Considered the most authentic book after the Qurʾan, this hadith compilation is notable for the quality and soundness of the chain of narrators, the beliefs and practice of each narrator, and the arrangement and ordering of its chapters.

  • صحيح مسلم – Considered the next most authentic book after Sahih al-Bukhari, this hadith compilation is notable for its strict criteria of having two sound narrations for each hadith, a scientific arrangement of themes and chapters, and the specification of different wordings used by the narrators.

  • سنن النسائي – Considered the next most authentic book after Sahih Muslim, this collection is notable for being a selection of ahadith from Imam al-Nasaʾi’s Al-Sunan Al-Kubrá.

  • سنن أبي داود – Considered the next most authentic book after Sunan al-Nasaʾi, this collection includes two types of hadith: those that are mentioned in Sahih al-Bukhārī and/or Ṣahīh Muslim and those that fulfill the conditions of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim.

  • جامع الترمذي – Considered the next most authentic book after Sunan Abi Dawud, this collection is notable for its arrangement according to legal chapters and for its inclusion of the authenticity of each hadith and its different legal opinions.

  • سنن ابن ماجه – This collection consists of over 4,000 ahadith arranged in 1500 chapters.

  • الموطأ لمالك – The earliest written collection of ahadith comprising the subjects of Islamic law, this collection is notable for its brevity yet comprehensiveness, its lack of non-verbatim ahadith attributed to the Prophet ﷺ or ahadith from any innovator, and its highly literary form of classical Arabic.

 

Year 4: Specialization & Contribution To Islamic Studies
التخصص و المقالة

Students will identify a field of specialization. They will be assigned mentors who are considered experts of their fields. Students will engage in the analysis and critiquing of advanced works and publications in the field after which they will choose a research topic and write a thesis in the spirit of contributing to the field of their specialization.