Tafsir Program

Tafsir Program


The Advanced Qur’an Study and Tafsir Program


The Advanced Qur’an Study and Tafsir Program has probably been one of the most anticipated courses for ‘alimiyya graduates.


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.


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.


Start date: Thursday 12th September 2019

Duration: 1 year


Cost £1,199.00
(A discount will be applied for taking the Jurisprudence Programs together with the Tafsir Course £2,499.00)


Direct Debit £199.83 (£1199.00 over 6 monthly instalments)
(A discount will be applied for taking the Jurisprudence Programs together with the Tafsir Course £2,499.00)


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

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)
London E15 2TF


*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.

Tafsir Program 2019

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