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Islamic Theology
Modules 1 and 2: God and His Nature
Attributes
Module 2: The Western intellectual tradition
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Islamic Theology

£1199.00
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About this course

A comprehensive course on Islamic theological beliefs and creed (‘aqida) and the Western intellectual tradition – philosophy, theology and history. This course is to provide a better understanding of the world we live in, the beliefs and ideologies people hold, and the method of dealing with modern ideological challenges such as atheism and liberalism.

 

This is the ideal course for imams, community leaders, Islamic scholars, teachers, or just discerning individuals wanting to understand the Islamic faith in detail and modern day ideological challenges.

 

Module – Western intellectual tradition

 

Brief summary:

This part of the program will introduce the students to the essential ideas, thinkers terminologies, texts, methodologies and debates within the Western intellectual tradition – philosophy, theology, history, polity. A comparative approach between the Western and Islamic intellectual traditions will be elaborated where possible.

 

Brief overview of syllabus:

 

• Exploring the major philosophical trends, thinkers and texts.

o A chronological overview from the early Greeks, Neo-platonic Arabs, Scholasticism, Rationalists, Empiricists, Kantian thought, post-Kantian trends such as the continental and analytical schools.

 

• Exploring the main sub-disciplines of western philosophy such as epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, ethics, philosophy of science.

o The focus will be through the key ideas within theism-atheism debate on theological problems for instance the arguments for the existence of god, divine attribute paradoxes, problem of evil, divine hiddenness, morality, science vs religion, religious truth and epistemology.

 

• Exploring contemporary case studies.

o To analyse and apply the content taught to current and unprecedented questions as well as provide cogent answers to controversial questions posed regarding the Islamic intellectual tradition.

o Case studies on questions related to tradition, modernity, postmodernity, relativism, feminism, gender fluidity, science (evolution, AI), ethics (sexual and biomedical), psychology, societal norms and political science.

 

Teachers: Ustadh Imran Iqbal, Safarruk Zaman Chaudhry, Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera, and several others.

 

This program taken along with the Advanced Islamic Jurisprudence Program is intended to create confidence in religious leadership, imamat, teaching and generally dealing with the wider intellectual, sociological and religious issues.

 

Please Note: The course is run in 2 parts. The Philosophy part is live sessions. The Arabic texts are pre-recordings with live sessions once a month for questions.

 

Instructors: Ustadh Imran Iqbal, Safaruk Zaman Chowdhury, Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera, and several others.

Start date: Mid September 2018

Duration: 1 year

 

Cost
Full Course £1,199.00 – discounted (Direct Debit £1,299.00)
Faith Foundation £599.00 – discounted (Direct Debit £699.00)

(A discount will be applied for taking the Advanced Theology and Jurisprudence Programs together £2,299.00 or Direct Debit £2,599.00)

 

Times: Monday to Wednesday 5:30pm to 8:30pm British Standard Time (1:30pm to 4:30pm US Eastern Time)

This course is available online with recordings available for people in different time zones who cannot attend live.

 

Venue: Whitethread Institute
329-333 High Street (2nd floor)
Stratford
London E15 2TF
(former site of Interlink College)

 

*Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this advert is correct at the time of publication. Courses are subject to on-going development which could necessitate cancellation of, or alteration to, the advertised courses.

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Syllabus

The advanced Islamic theology program will consist of two modules:

Modules 1 and 2: God and His Nature

Existence -Theistic-Atheistic spectrum -Proofs for the existence of God – ontological, cosmological, teleological, moral. -Evidentialism vs Fideism vs Reformed epistemology Attributes -Core divine attributes [Power, Knowledge, Moral] + associated paradoxes Language/Reference -Religious language (‘God Talk’) – Logical positivism -Metaphor Evil & Pain -The problem of evil – logical and evidential -Divine Hiddenness -Evil God argument Concept of Prophecy and nature of Miracles -nature and possibility of prophecy -Defining and problamtising the concept of a miracle -I’jaz al-Qur’an -Scientific miracles

Attributes

-Core divine attributes [Power, Knowledge, Moral] + associated paradoxes

Module 2: The Western intellectual tradition
SECTION A

Exploring the major philosophical trends, thinkers and texts. A chronological overview from the early Greeks, Neo-platonic Arabs, Scholasticism, Rationalists, Empiricists, Kantian thought, post-Kantian trends such as the continental and analytical schools.

SECTION B

Exploring the main sub-disciplines of western philosophy such as epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, ethics, philosophy of science. The focus will be through the key ideas within theism-atheism debate on theological problems for instance the arguments for the existence of god, divine attribute paradoxes, problem of evil, divine hiddenness, morality, science vs religion, religious truth and epistemology.

SECTION C

Exploring the foundations of the trivium. Thinking correctly by studying classical logic (Aristotelian and Stoic), critical thinking (focusing on avoiding fallacious reasoning and false appeals) and an overview of the development of logic from the early Greek foundations to the modern mathematical Writing well by revisiting grammar, developing research and analytical reading skills as well as learning how to write academic essays. Speaking persuasively by studying essentials of rhetoric theory.

SECTION D

Exploring contemporary case studies. To analyse and apply the content taught to current and unprecedented questions as well as provide cogent answers to controversial questions posed regarding the Islamic intellectual tradition. Case studies on questions related to tradition, modernity, postmodernity, relativism, feminism, gender fluidity, science (evolution, AI), ethics (sexual and biomedical), psychology, societal norms and political science.