Curriculum

Core Curriculum

All over the world we are witnessing a rise in atheism. Recent surveys argue that aside from irrelevance of religion in daily life, one of the main reasons for Muslims to leave Islam is a lack of convincing arguments against Atheism, scientism and different ideologies. For this reason alone, it is of utmost importance for Muslims to reconnect with their own rational tradition that debunks the claims of Atheism.

Kalām

For Kalām or dialectic theology, we are currently writing a compendium, that will be studied in the programme. The compendium draws heavily on the traditional texts such as al-kharīda al-bahiyyah, sharh ul-'aqāid al-nasafiyyah, al-iqtiṣāḍ fil-i'tiqād and other important mutūn. We will include contemporary western sources when appropriate, for example in discussing nadhariyyat al-ma'rifah (Epistemology). The main goal of this course is to introduce the students to the manhajiyyah (methodology) of Ahl ul-sunnah wal-Jama'ah, as well as its critical and rational way of thinking and approaching the world we live in.

Usūl ul-fiqh

In Usūl ul-fiqh (the principles of jurisprudence) we will study the authoritative commentary of al-Imām al-Maḥalli on the famous primer Al-Waraqāt by al-Imām al-Juwayni. We will also discuss some critical topics related to usūl, such as answering questions like "what is the meaning of dīn?", "what is the shari'ah?" and "what is the reality of a hukm?".

Maqūlāt

In Maqūlāt (categories of contingent beings), we will study the famous poem of al-Imām al-Sujā'ī with a commentary by the teacher. We will discuss the difference between the metaphysics of Aristotle, the worldview held by most modern natural scientists and how the Islamic worldview of ahl ul-sunnah wal-jamā'ah fits in between the two.

Mantiq

In Mantiq (logic) we will be studying Matn Isāghūjī by al-Imām al-Abhari, with a basic commentary by the teacher. We will also talk about some of the differences between classical logic and modern logic while discussing the importance of studying logic.

Taṣawwuf

In Taṣawwuf (science of spirituality) we will study the famous Ayyuh al-walad by The Proof of Islam, al-Imām al-Ghazāli. We will contextualize the different topics and give suggestions of how to implement the teachings of taṣawwuf in everyday life.

Supplementary Curriculum

Tassawuf lessons of Ayyuhal Walad by al-Imām al-Ghazāli will be held every afternoon. After the lesson, guest speakers will give lectures on some of the following topics.

Adab and Islamic sciences
  • The adab of discourse and debate (Adab ul-bahth wal-munathara)
  • An overview of the Islamic Sciences: a traditional Ottoman Curriculum
  • The role of the 'aql
  • Islamic science of Spirituality and the Law (Tassawuf and Shari’ah)
Philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • What is Truth?
  • Theodicy – the Problem of Evil
  • Free will and determinism
  • Perennialism and the oneness of Religion
Science
  • A critical view on the theory of evolution
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Quantum Physics
  • History of Cosmology
  • Neuroscience – dualism
Political theory and History
  • Introduction to Islamic History
  • Introduction to Ottoman History
  • Liberalism and Islam
  • Secularism and Islam