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Module Two; Unit 1:

Quranic Exegesis (Tafsir)


This unit is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the application of Quranic exegetical methodology by studying famous exegetical works. Various passages of the Quran with theological, legal and spiritual emphasis will be discussed critically by studying these exegetical works based on tradition (riwayah) and deduction (dirayah). Classical and contemporary interpretations of the Quran in the Muslim world will also be discussed.

Primary Text

Pimary Text:

  • Quran: Surah Maryam

About thet Text:

In this class, Shaykh Akram Nadwi will teach tafsir of the Quran based on the concept of thematic and structural coherence, which was developed by the great Indian scholar Mawlana Hamid al-Din Farahi (d.1930). Shaykh Akram will also included linguistics and grammatical explanations whenever necessary. 

Teaching Method

Teaching Method

Each class will consist of a 55 minute lecture, where the primary text will be read in Arabic along with its translation, commentary and relevance to the wider field. There will be an encouragement for the teaching to be interactive, with questions both posed of the students and welcomed from them.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of the major exegetical types and works
  • critically analyse and evaluate Quranic exegetical works
  • relate multiple meanings of Quranic text by reference to exegetical works
  • demonstrate critical ability to deduct theological, legal and spiritual meanings from the Quranic verses by following correct exegetical methodology


The module will cover the following topics:

  • application of usul al-tafsir
  • the study of selected Quranic passages with theological, legal and spiritual implications
  • introduced to the style of the narration-based exegesis of Tabari and Ibn Kathir
  • introduced to the style of the deductive exegesis of Zamakhshari and Razi
  • introduced to the style of contemporary exegesis by Nursi, Mawdudi and Qutb


This course will involve one short in-course essay and end-of-course written examination.

Teacher Profile

Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi is an Islamic scholar from the Indian city of Jaunpur and a graduate of the world renowned Nadwatul Ulama (India) where he studied and taught Shariah.

Shaykh Akram is a Muhaddith of the highest calibre who has specialised in Ilm ul Rijal [the study of the narrators of Hadith]. He has Ijaza (licenses) from many of the most renowned scholars of our time including Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Al-Nadwi, Shaykh Abdul-Fattah Abu Ghuddah and Shaykh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. Shaykh Akram Nadwi has a doctorate in Arabic Language and has authored and translated over 25 titles on Language, Jurisprudence, Qur'an and Hadith.

In May 2010, he completed a monumental 57-volume work on the lives of female scholars of Hadith in Islamic History. Also now available in English is Madrasah Life (2007) the translation (from Urdu) of his personal memoir of a student’s day at Nadwat al-Ulama.

His al-Fiqh al-Islami vol1 published by Angelwing Media is an original compilation of the fiqh (the codified legal rulings) of Imam Abu Hanifah and his school. For the first time in the English language, the detailed rulings of this school are presented together with the evidence on which they are based; every argument is fully and carefully referenced. Also, the author has taken present day circumstances into consideration, making al-Fiqh al-Islami the first authentic, reliable and relevant account of Hanafi practice in the English language.

Shaykh Akram is the recipient of the Allama Iqbal prize for contribution to Islamic thought. As a leading scholar steeped in traditional Islamic learning and in modern academia, Shaykh Akram is currently a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford.

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