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Qur’anic Studies

The Qur’anic Studies program at  AMI is composed of two key elements. The first of these consists of a study of ‘Ulum al-Qur’an, a classical theoretical discipline which tackles questions such as the authenticity of the Qur’an and its compilation, the nature and manner of revelation and the structure and themes in the Qur’an. The course is based on readings from al-Talkhis wa al-Tamhid of Hadi Ma’rifa, combined with extensive reference to works of the most prominent Orientalists and contemporary scholars of Qur’anic studies. The second element introduces students to ‘Ilm al-Tafsir, studying the theoretical principles and different approaches to the exegesis and interpretation of the Qur’an. With this background, students begin their study of Tafsir al-Qur’an itself. This not only involves the traditional atomistic and thematic approaches to Tafsir, but also allows a critical engagement with the application of emerging hermeneutical approaches to the Qur’an at a stage where students are expected to draw upon the theoretical skills acquired in their studies of Arabic, Hadith, Usul al-fiqh, Theology, Mysticism and Philosophy, to enrich their appreciation of what Muslim’s believe is the Word of God.