A Brief History of the Qur’ān & Related Sciences
Instructor: Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
Language of Instruction: English
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This course is designed to acquaint students with an introduction to the holy book of Islam, the Qur’ān. Students will learn of the event of the revelation of the Qur’an, the nature of revelation, the history of its compilation, script, standardization, its miraculous nature, its common themes, the occasions of revelation, Meccan and Medinan verses, the difference between the seven points of variance (aḥruf) and the seven modes of recitation (qirā’āt), the standards for determining valid Qur’ānic renderings, the theory of abrogation, the different forms of exegesis, and much more. This is an introductory level course from which students of all levels of understanding and learning can benefit. The sources for the information taught in this course include Imām Jalāl al-Din al-Ṣuyūṭi’s, Al-Itqān fī ‘Ulūm al-Qur’ān, Ibn Abi Dawud’s, Kitāb al-Maṣāḥif, Ibn al-Jazari’s, Al-Nashr fi al-Qirā’āt al-‘Ashr, and a score of others.
Classes will be pre-recorded with a live question and answer session. Students will be able to view the sessions on our ‘Wiziq’ platform and download the MP3 file of the session along with the instructors notes in the power point presentation. Students will receive an email with a password for each session and download all materials directly from our website, www.lamppostproductions.com. We encourage students to email any questions directly to us by way of our contact us section or by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaykh Abdullah will respond to these questions at the live Q&A Session.
Course Overview by Week:
I. The Event of the Qur’ān
II. History of the Qur’ānic Text
III. Select Sciences of the Qur’ān
IV. The Inimitability of the Qur’ān (I῾jāz)
V. Exegesis of the Qur’ān (Tafsīr)
VI. Orientalist Contentions
Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is the first and only westerner to attend and graduate from the University of Qarawiyyin’s Faculty of Shariah located in Fes, Morocco. He acquired his general license (al-ijazah al-’ulya) to teach the Islamic sciences in 2001. He served for five years as Assistant Head Chaplain at the State Correctional Institution of Chester, Pennsylvania (SCI Chester, 2002-2007). He has served as resident scholar at the Zaytuna Institute (www.zaytuna.org), soon to be Zaytuna College (www.zaytunacollege.org), since 2007. Among his teachers in the US and abroad are: Dr. Khalid Blankinship, Shaykh Anwar Muhaimin, Ustadh Anas Muhaimin, Shaykh Muhammad al-Ta’wil, Dr. Hasan ‘Azuzi, Dr. Muhammad ‘Abdul-Wahhab Abyat, Dr. Abdullah Ghaziwi, Ustadh Muhammad al-Sarrar, Ustadh Muhammad ‘Alami, Shaykh Ahmed Zwieten, Dr. Muhammad al-Rugi, and many others. He has conducted numerous seminars, lectures, and classes, and has written over 40 scholarly research articles that can be found at: www.lamppostproductions.com. He has also translated, annotated, and authored four published works: Muslim Funeral Guide (Lamppost Productions); Explanation of Murshid Al-Mu’een: Ibn Ashir Recited: Part 1 (Lamppost Productions); The Attributes of God (Amal Press); and A Return to Purity in Creed (Lamppost Productions). He currently resides in the Bay Area.
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