Faith Foundations Course | Starts 18th September 2017

The Western Intellectual Tradition

Are you taking a course on philosophy? Are you confused about your faith? Do you want to learn the Islamic perspective to Western philosophical ideas?

This course will introduce you to the essential ideas, thinkers, terminologies, texts, methodologies and debates within the Western intellectual tradition – philosophy, theology, history, polity.  Furthermore, students will develop practical skills through aspects of the trivium – thinking correctly (logic), writing well (grammar), speaking persuasively (rhetoric).

Where possible a comparative approach between the Islamic and the Western intellectual traditions will be elaborated.

This module will deal with the theism-atheism debate on theological problems, for instance, the arguments for the existence of god, divine attribute paradoxes, problem of evil, morality, science vs religion, religious truth, epistemology, along with questions related to tradition, modernity, postmodernity, relativism, feminism, gender fluidity, science (evolution, AI), ethics (sexual and biomedical), psychology, societal norms and political science.

Here are more of the details:

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, post-modernity, relativism, feminism, gender fluidity, science (evolution, AI), ethics (sexual and biomedical), psychology, societal norms and political science.

This course is open to brothers and sisters and is also offered online.

Teachers: Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera, Ustadh Imran Iqbal and others.

Duration: 1 year, 2 classes a week (1.5 hours plus 3 hours)

Date & Time: Mondays 5.30pm to 8:30pm British Standard Time (1.30pm to 4:30pm US Eastern Time) & Tuesday 5.30pm to 7pm British Standard Time (1:30pm to 3pm US Eastern Time)

Start date: 18th September 2017

Venue:  Whitethread Institute, 329-333 High Street (2nd floor), Stratford, London E15 2TF (former site of Interlink College)
Price: £799.00

Registration form:

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Bank Name:       Unity Trust Bank
Account Name: Whitethread Institute
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For more information please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing info@whitethreadinstitute.org