Academic Year 2021-2022
Advanced Islamic Theology ('Aqidah) and Philosophy Program
The Advanced Islamic Theology (‘Aqidah) and Philosophy Program will consist of two parts which can be taken separately or altogether, see details below
Part 1: Classical Islamic Creed
Part 2: Mastercourse on Islam, Philosophy, Science and Religion
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 held by people, and the method of dealing with modern ideological challenges such as atheism and liberalism.
This is the ideal course for imams, teachers and any Islamic scholar or leader wanting to understand the modern-day ideological challenges.
Course Starts in October!
What our students say about the course
"The theology course isn’t only recommended but in my honest opinion mandatory for every graduate of any Darul Uloom institute. Especially in contemporary times where so many Muslims are confused and challenged with regards to the orthodox Sunni approach to theology. The teachers for both the theology and faith foundation classes will always try to ensure students understand everything properly and will never shy away from taking questions.”
Asad Ahmed, UK
Course Starts in October!
The Advanced Islamic Theology (‘Aqidah) and Philosophy Program will consist of two parts which can be taken separately or all together:
Part 1: Classical Islamic Creed
The Classical Islamic Creed and Theology module will introduce the students to the Islamic theological tradition through a detailed study of two major primary theological texts namely a commentary of al-‘Aqida al–Tahawiyya by Imam Abu Ja’far al-Tahawi al-Hanafi (d. 321 AH) and Sharh al-Kharida al-Bahiyya of Imam Ahmad al-Dardir al-Maliki (1204 AH).
The study of both these celebrated classical Maturidi and Ash’ari texts will cover some of the following issues:
- What Muslims must believe about Allah, the Prophets, and all that is transmitted
- The underlying methodology of mainstream Islamic beliefs
- The centrality of Allah’s transcendence
- The key arguments and doctrines related to the proofs for the existence of God
- The essence and attributes of God
- The subject of prophetology, inimitable nature of the Qur’an, angelology, eschatology, political theology, free-will and predestination.
- A chronological overview of the emergence, development and the key doctrines of the different major sects within Muslim thought.
- A brief overview of traditional Islamic spirituality (tasawwuf)
Sufficient Arabic comprehension skills required for this part
Part Two: Mastercourse on Islam, Philosophy, Science and Religion
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 Western and Islamic intellectual traditions will be elaborated where possible.
A brief overview of the syllabus:
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.
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, the problem of evil, divine hiddenness, morality, science vs religion, religious truth and epistemology.
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.
No Arabic language requirements for this part
Course Starts in October!
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. A discount will be applied for taking the Advanced Theology and Islamic Jurisprudence Programs together.
|Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera, Ustadh Imran Iqbal, Safarruk Zaman Chaudhry and several others|
Course Start Date
|Part 1 is pre-recordings. Part 2 is pre-recording with some live sessions|
|£433.00 / month for 3 months
£216.50 / month for 6 months
*Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this course 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.
Dr. Abdur-Rahman Mangera
A British Muslim scholar educated in both the Islamic and Western traditions.
He memorised the Qur’an by heart and graduated from the Darul Uloom seminary Bury, UK, and later undertook studies in ifta’ at Madrasah Zakariyya, South Africa, under Mufti Rada’ al-Haqq, and then at Mazahir ‘Ulum Saharanpur, India, under Mufti Muhammad Tahir Ghaziabadi.
He earned his BA from the University of Johannesburg and completed his MA and PhD in Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. His PhD research was a critical edition of Shaykh Abu ‘l-Layth al-Samarqandi’s Kitab al-Nawazil, hailed as the first fatwa collection in the Hanafi school. He holds an honorary fellowship at the Cambridge Muslim College and at The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan.
Mufti Abdur-Rahman has the unique experience of serving as an imam in Muslim communities on both sides of the Atlantic, eight years in Southern California and over five in the great city of London—and his continued work as an international speaker and lecturer enables him to address and offer advice on current challenges that face Muslims in the West.
Dr. Safaruk Chowdhury
Studied Philosophy as an undergraduate at Kings College London after which he travelled to Cairo to study the Islamic studies curriculum at al-Azhar university, focussing on Islamic law. He also studied extensively in private with a number of scholars with a keen interest in Arabic tafsir (exegesis) and balagha (rhetoric).
He returned to the UK where he completed his MA in Islamic studies with distinction at SOAS thereafter taking up his doctoral studies on the life and work of the great khurasanian Sufi and hadith specialist Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami (d. 412/1021). His PhD was published in 2018 by Equinox Publishing.
Currently, he is pursuing studies in philosophical theology and Sufism with a forthcoming publication on the problem of evil within Islamic thought (AUC Press).
He is a professional translator, teacher and examiner as well as curriculum consultant for GCSE, A-Level and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.
Ustad Imran Patel
After initially completing his Masters degree in Engineering (MEng) at Queen Mary University (University of London) went on to diversify his academic background by pursuing an MA from SOAS (University of London) in Near and Middle Eastern Studies and another from Birkbeck College (University of London) in Philosophy with his thesis written on Imam al-Ghazali’s view on scientific knowledge and causality.
He has also pursued classical Islamic knowledge by studying under a number of local Ulama in London and concentrating on basic Islamic sciences such as Ilm al-Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Ulum al-Hadith, Aqida and Ilm al-Kalam.
His areas of interest include: Islamic philosophy and theology, Islamic legal theory, Islamic history of ‘ideas’, philosophy of science and the scientific method, epistemology and metaphysics in Western and Islamic thought.
He has a number of published book reviews in specialist academic journals and is currently pursuing a research project tentatively titled, ‘Trajectories in Islamic theological dispute’. He is also a qualified teacher of Physics and Critical Thinking.