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Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an


This one day intensive course looks at various aspects of the science of Divine revelation, how the Qur`an was revealed, preserved, compiled and transmitted through generation after generation. It also briefly covers the exegesis (tafsir) and translation of the Quran. The Importance of such a subject is that if one is to properly grasp the divine Message one needs to fully understand the ciscrumstances that surround the message. Although some part of this special knowledge can be derived from the Qur'an itself, there remain other areas of knowledge that can only be discovered by wider study and research. The branch of knowledge, called 'ulum al-Qur'an will give one a complete understanding of the message of the Qur'an, by understanding its setting and circumstances.
 


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Sat - 22/06/2019 10:00 - 18:00 One Day Intensive (Saturday) £40.00 Segregated Class Ebrahim College Whitechapel- SAT

Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an


This one day intensive course looks at various aspects of the science of Divine revelation, how the Qur`an was revealed, preserved, compiled and transmitted through generation after generation. It also briefly covers the exegesis (tafsir) and translation of the Quran. The importance of such a subject is that if one is to properly grasp the Divine Message one needs to fully understand the ciscrumstances that surround the message. Although some part of this special knowledge can be derived from the Qur'an itself, there remain other areas of knowledge that can only be discovered by wider study and research. The branch of knowledge, called 'Ulum al-Qur'an will give one a complete understanding of the message of the Qur'an, by understanding its setting and circumstances.

 
According to a general definition, 'ulum al-qur'an denotes studies concerned with the book of revelations sent down upon the last Prophet Muhammad (SAW) namely: 
 
  • Its revelation.
  • Its collection.
  • Its order and arrangement.
  • It’s writing down.
  • Information about the reasons and occasions of revelation.
  • About what was revealed in Makkah and what in Madinah.
  • About the abrogating and abrogated verses.
  • About the 'clear' and the 'unclear' verses.
  • The term also covers Qur'an-related studies, such as:
  • The explanation of verses and passages by the Prophet himself, his Companions, their followers and the later exegetes of the Qur'an.
  • The methods of explanation.
  • The scholars of exegesis and their books.

Shaykh Mansur Ali


Dr. Muhammad Mansur Ali studied classical Islamic studies and Arabic at Darul Uloom Bury, UK and Al-Azhar University Cairo, Egypt. He then completed an MA and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies (Hadith studies) at the University of Manchester where he also lectured as a graduate teaching fellow. During this time he also worked as a Muslim chaplain at Ashworth High Security hospital in Liverpool. Shortly after completing his PhD, he worked on an AHRC/ESRC funded project on Muslim Chaplaincy in Britain alongside Dr Sophie Gilliat-Ray at Cardiff University. He then worked as post-doctoral fellow at Cambridge Muslim College where he completed writing his part of the book coming out of the AHRC/ESRC research project called 'Understanding Muslim Chaplaincy' to be published by Ashgate in 2013. During his time at CMC, he also edited a classical hadith text called Qawa'id fi Ulum al-Hadith to be published by Turath Publishing in 2013.

 

Education and qualifications

2005-2009 PhD Middle Eastern Studies (Islamic), "Al-Tirmidhi and the Role of the Isnad in His Sunan", University of Manchester, supervised by Dr Ronald P. Buckley. Funded by Manchester University 'Graduate Teaching Fellowship Award'.

2004-2005 MA Middle Eastern Studies (Islamic), "The Methodology of Western Scholars in the Study of Hadith Literature", University of Manchester, supervised by Dr Andreas Christmann.

2002-2004 BA Islamic Theology, Al-Azhar University, Cairo Egypt.

1990-2000 Advanced Certificate in Classical Islamic and Arabic Studies. Darul Uloom Al-Arabiyya Al-Islamiyya Bury, UK.

 

Career overview

2012: Jameel Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Cardiff University

2011- 2012: Post-doctoral fellow, Cambridge Muslim College

2010 – 2011: Research associate, Cardiff University

2007-2010: Muslim chaplain, Ashworth High Security Hospital, Liverpool

2005-2008: Graduate teaching fellow, University of Manchester.

 

Other academic activities

Reviewer for journal 'Australian Religion Studies Review'

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