This course has finished
Delivered by: By Shaykh Dr M Akram Nadwi (Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies)
Date: Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd July 2012Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
A weekend working towards a higher and deeper understanding of the Quran.
Saturday : “Islamic Spirituality: A Quranic Path”
Sunday : “Coherence in the Quran”
i. “Islamic Spirituality: A Quranic Path”: In this course, the teacher will highlight the profound spiritual meaning of numerous verses of the Quran, as well as clarifying how the Quran should be taken as the primary spiritual manual for believers.
ii. “Coherence in the Quran” :
A widely held view about the Qur’an is that, in its received form, it lacks coherence. Not surprisingly, most approaches to the Qur’an have remained atomistic in characters. Also, some western scholars have tried to rearrange the Qur’an in order to make it “more comprehensible”.
Most Qur’ānic Hermeneutics (Usūl-i tafsīr) was based on tafsīr ma’thūr and followed a “fragmentarian” approach, which considered the verses as individual stand alone independent verses, in an atomistic manner, without giving any weight to the logical or textual coherence. However, another parallel tradition of interpretation of the Qur’ān emphasized the text itself to the exclusion of or to the suppression of historical reports regarding the occasion of revelation of each verse. The independence from such historical reports was to be compensated by closer reading of the text and its thematic and structural coherence.
This course will be based around “Hamiduddin Farahi’s Nazm-ul-Quran”.
Hamiduddin Farahi (1863–1930) was a celebrated Islamic scholar of Indian subcontinent known for his groundbreaking work on the concept of “Nazm”, as a guiding principle instead of the so called fragmentarianism and atomised tafsīr model.
He was instrumental in producing scholarly work which proved that the verses of the Quran are interconnected in such a way that each Surah, or Chapter, of the Quran forms a coherent structure, having its own central theme, which he called umood (the theme which stands out). Through this approach, he makes the Qur’ān the central and the most authoritative tool for its interpretation, vis-à-vis Hadīths, Ijma of the scholars, tafsīrs, Asbāb al-nuzūl, and Naskh.
Thus Qur’an possesses coherence that is not only aesthetically pleasing but carries profound hermeneutical significance.
Aimed at those with intermediatery and higher levels of Quranic Arabic, Quran and Islamic Studies however it is open to all.
Prerequisite for students would be to have at least attended “Quran Study Group’s – Journey Through the Quran course – www.quranstudygroup” or a basic understanding of the structure of the Quran, themes and commentaries.
Throughout the weekend courses, students will work towards higher and deeper understanding of the Quran.
- Reaserting the Quran as the primary spiritual manual above all.
- Approaches for practical spiritual development in the Quran
- A deeper understanding of Qur’ānic Hermeneutics (Usūl-i Tafsīr)
- An Introduction to “Coherence in the Quran”
- A deeper appreciation of Quranic Arabic
- Reflections and lessons to be drawn