The Advanced Qur’an Study and Tafsir Program - Whitethread Institute

Academic Year 2022-2023

Advanced Qur’an Study and Tafsir Program

This course will provide an overview of the classical material on the Qur’an as well as critically analysing modern orientalist engagements with the Qur’an. The various debates and discussions found in ‘Ulum al-Qur’an texts will be studied via a number of classical and modern introductions, along with the history and development of Qur’anic exegesis.

A study of selections from approximately twenty of the main tafsirs will be undertaken to provide students with a first hand and intimate understanding on how tafsir of the Qur’an has been approached from different angles by our great past and present mufassirun.

The concept of i‘jaz (inimitability) of the Qur’an will be analysed along with studies on the language, style and structure of the Qur’an, and the connections (tanasub) between its chapters and verses.


The course starts September 2022

On-site and Online

Course Fee


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Course Starts September 2022!

What our students say about the course

"Before I started the course at Whitethread, my link to the subject of Tafsir was minimal. By taking this course, it has forced me to look at various tafsirs… Since these tafsirs were different in their styles, I know have a portfolio of Tafsirs that I have studied and know which ones to refer to for what speciality it contains.… I found that the teachers care about developing you academically and in terms of adab (Islamic mannerism). Students that come from a Darul Ulum background will benefit greatly from this comprehensive course where you are looking at a new tafsir each lesson, consolidating your knowledge in ‘ulum al-Qur’an, learning about the specific styles and rhetoric of the Qur’an and looking at specific issues pertinent to the Qur’an that are being discussed today by Muslim as well as Non-Muslim academics."

Sofwan Ahmed, UK

“This course is not advertised as a takhassus course, however it is not less than any takhassus course. It has enabled and opened many doors which were not possible to see without guidance from knowledgeable teachers at Whitethread Institute. I am very thankful and blessed to have learnt so much in such a short time. The knowledge shared in this course is worth the practise for many years and will keep me busy academically and spiritually for rest of my life, inshaAllah. ”

Aseem Khan, UK

“I am completely indebted to the institute and to the ustaads for the tafsir course. Alhamdulillah, I have benefited immensely from the course.

The manner of my preparation for the tafsir session conducted in my local masjid has significantly changed. Prior to the course I would briefly look at few tafsir books, but now Alhamdulillah I try to study as many as I can. The benefit of which has been profound. All the ustaads are greatly competent, hardworking, well-wishers and supportive.

I would definitely advise the Alims, Alimas and Imams who are delivering tafsir lessons to enrol and benefit from the course. No words can do justice in explaining the benefits of this course.”

Shuaib Abdurauf Sufi, UK

Course Content

Subjects and books covered (subject to change)

  • Carefully chosen selections of more than a dozen tafsirs from the earliest to the recent such as the tafsirs of Muqatil ibn Sulayman, Ibn ‘Atiyya, Abu Ja‘far al-Tabari, Abu Mansur al-Maturidi, Ibn Kathir, Qurtubi, Zamakhshari, Baydawi, and Alusi. A study of their approach, methodology and principles in exegesis.
  • Selections from introductory works on mufassirs and tafsir literature such as Shaykh Yusuf Bannori’s Yatimat al-Bayan, Mani‘ Abd al-Halim Mahmud’s Minhaj al-Mufassirin and Muḥammad Husayn al-Dhahabi’s Al-Tafsir wa ’l-Mufassirun.
  • A study of the important sciences of the Qur’an through Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti’s Al-Itqan fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an, Shaykh ‘Abdullah al-Juday’s Al-Muqaddimat al-Asasiyyah fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an, Mufti Taqi Usmani’s An Approach to the Qur’anic Sciences and others.
  • An overview of the Western contributions to Qur’anic studies and Muslim response to their critiques.

If you have been waiting to gain a better understanding of the Qur’an and its tafsir and ‘ulum texts, then this is the course designed for this. It is designed to help you to understand and appreciate the language and message of the Qur’an better, and disseminate the message of the Qur’an more effectively and with greater relevance.

This course requires sufficient Arabic skills to understand the Arabic texts covered. Advanced students of Arabic and sacred knowledge may also apply.

Course Starts on September 2022!


Students can take a course that has been adapted into a module. It’s convenient and offers unique opportunities for personal growth. There are many reasons why students should take a course that has been adapted into a module. One benefit is the lower price of the fee. In addition, this program accommodates busy schedules.

Tafsir Selections

This module covers carefully chosen selections of more than two dozen tafsirs from the earliest to the recent such as the tafsirs of Muqatil ibn Sulayman, Ibn ‘Atiyya, Abu Ja‘far al-Tabari, Abu Mansur al-Maturidi, Ibn Kathir, Qurtubi, Zamakhshari, Baydawi, and Alusi. 

Students also present their own choice of Tafsirs for certain verses and study their chosen selections as a class, so that a total of approximately 30 tafsirs are covered over the year. The study of each tafsir includes the author’s biography and introduction, as well as their approach, methodology and principles in exegesis. 

The assessment designed for this module is in a report format, with a table of all selected tafsirs in chronological order, along with a brief summary of each of its main features.

Upon completion of this module, students will gain proficiency in studying and understanding a wide spectrum of tafsir books, which they will be able to refer to for self-study and within their teaching practices.

‘Ulum al-Quran (Sciences of the Qur’an)

This module covers a study of the important sciences of the Qur’an through Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti’s Al-Itqan fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an, Shaykh ‘Abdullah al-Juday’s Al-Muqaddimat al-Asasiyyah fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an, Mufti Taqi Usmani’s An Approach to the Qur’anic Sciences and others. 

The main topics covered through these books include extensive discussions on:

  • The Principles of tafsir
  • The Revelation of the Quran
  • Makki and Madani surahs
  • The Seven Recitals
  • The Preservation of the Quran
  • Abrogation within the Quran
  • The Method of Exegesis
  • The Recitation of the Quran

Upon completion of this module, students will gain a proficient understanding in the principles of many sciences of tafsir, thereby being able to conduct their own research on the Quran and exegesis for themselves and for their teaching.

Modern Approaches to the Qur’an: A Critique

This module covers Tafsir-related topics from a contemporary perspective. The academic articles and books covered in this module provide in-depth studies of Western contributions to Quránic studies, as well as the Muslim responses to their critiques. The topics covered include:

  • The History of the Qur’anic Text from Revelation to Compilation
  • The Last Presentation of the Qur’an
  • Shi’ah Tafsir
  • Preservation of the Bible
  • Science in the Qur’an
  • Numerical Miracles in the Qur’an
  • The Ring Theory
  • The Satanic Verses
  • The Verse of the Sword
  • Feminist Tafsir
  • Seeking Cure through the Qur’an 
  • Rasm of the Qur’an

Successful completion of this module requires students to produce proficiently written responses to a number of prompts on the topics studied throughout each semester.

Upon completion of this module, students will be competent in understanding the contemporary issues related to the Quran and tafsir from an objective and academic standpoint. The various topics covered will give them a proficiency in dealing with tafsir-related queries and issues deemed problematic in the modern era.

Language, Style and Structure of the Qur’an

This module focuses on the rhetorical aspect of Qur’anic verses. Students learn to recognise and highlight rhetorical aspects in verses particularly and in surahs holistically. The art of Qur’anic translation is also studied in this module. Besides practical proficiency in understanding the rhetoric and eloquence of the Qur’an, topics related directly to the Arabic language are covered, such as:

  • Reasoning in the Qur’an
  • Qur’anic oaths
  • Miraculous nature of the Qur’anic language
  • Themes of the Qur’an

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to understand and comment on the depth of Quranic rhetoric, thereby equipping themselves for deeper contemplation of the Quran and building a stronger connection with it.

Course Starts September 2022!


Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera
Mawlana Zeeshan Chaudri
Mawlana Hilal Patel


1 Year

Course Start Date

September 2022


Thursday to Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm British Standard Time (4:30am to 8:30am US Eastern)


On-site and Online (Recordings of the live sessions are available for this course)

Full Course Fee


Monthly Instalments

£399.66 / month for 3 months
£199.83 / 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.

Shaykh Zeeshan Chaudri

Shaykh Zeeshan Chaudri began his studies in the Institute of Islamic Education, Dewsbury where he enrolled into the Alimiyya program. He then transferred to Imam Zakariya Academy, London where he completed the program. Thereafter he completed an MA in Islamic studies at Markfield Institute of Higher Education. He is currently a teacher at Imam Zakariya Academy in the Alimiyya program and a second year PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Shaykh Zeeshan is known for his avid love for reading and research and is therefore in charge of library and literary resources development at Whitethread Institute.

Mawlana Hilal Patel

Mawlana Hilal Patel began his studies at Darul Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Bury where he memorised the Qur’an and completed the Alimiyyah program. He then went on to complete the Ifta' Specialisation Program at Whitethread Institute and has been working at Whitethread’s Fatwa Centre since completing the course. Mawlana Hilal also serves as an Imam and teacher at his local Masjid in Kent.

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