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Module Five:

Advanced Islamic History


Shaykh Akram Nadwi has commented on the general failure of Indian religious seminaries to teach Islamic history, which has led to graduates of such institutions being unfamiliar with the most basic details of even early Islamic history, such as the life of the Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the Rightly-Guided Caliphs (may Allah be well pleased with them all). This module will critically discuss the history of Muslim societies and civilisation. The first term will explore the life of Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him); the second term covers the period of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs; and the third term covers Islamic history of the past 100 years, focusing particularly on the historic events and the intellectual, economic, social and cultural aspects of Islamic civilisation. The Muslim contribution to science and human civilisation will be evaluated and the decline of the Muslim world, European colonisation and the post-colonial era culminating in the present-day relationship between the West and the Muslim world will be explored.

Primary Text

Primary Text:

  • Numerous texts will comprise each part of the module, without there being a single primary text at any stage.

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. The teacher may also use power point presentations and post recorded webinars for study aid.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Learn the details of the Makkan and Madinan periods of the Prophet and the development of the first Muslim community
  • Critically understand the major events of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs’ era and the first schism
  • Critically discuss the internal and external factors responsible for the decline of the Muslim world
  • Develop an understanding of the intellectual, cultural, social and economic scale of the Islamic civilisation
  • Critically evaluate the Muslim contribution to science and human civilisation
  • Critically analyse the effects of European colonisation on the modern condition of Muslim societies


The module will cover the following topics:

  • The life of the Prophet in Makkah and Madinah
  • The lives of Rightly-Guided Caliphs (632-661)
  • Struggle for Europe: Ottoman Empire and Europe
  • Decline of the Ottoman Empire and the Muslim world
  • Colonisation and its impact on the Muslim World
  • End of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of revivalist movements
  • Muslim societies after World War II


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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Foundation Level

[One Year] 2014/2015

Certificate in Classical Arabic and Islamic Sciences

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Applied Arabic and Grammar 1

Foundation Module 1: Level 1

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Applied Arabic and Grammar 2

Foundation Module 1: Level 2

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Applied Arabic and Grammar 3

Foundation Module 1: Level 3

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Quranic Exegesis (Tafsir)

Foundation Module 2; Unit 1

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Foundation Module 2; Unit 2

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Islamic Law (Fiqh)

Foundation Module 2; Unit 3:

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Usul al-tafsir

Foundation Module 2; Unit 4

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Usul al-fiqh

Foundation Module 2; Unit 5

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Usul al-hadith

Foundation Module 2; Unit 6

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Intermediate Level

Scheduled for 2015/16

Diploma in Advanced Arabic, Quran and
Shariah Studies
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Advanced Level

[Year One] 2014/2015

Degree in Islamic Scholarship (‘alimiyyah)

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Classical Exegesis of the Quran

Advanced Module 1

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Hadith criticism & fiqh
methodology of Bukhari
& Tirmidhi

Advanced Module 2
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Comparative Fiqh

Advanced Module 3

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Usul al-fiqh
Maqasid al-Shariah

Advanced Module 4

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Islamic History

Advanced Module 5

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Advanced Module 6

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Sacred Sciences Journey
(Umrah, April 2015)

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Islamic Law & Spirituality School
(Residential, August 2015)

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