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Islamic Law (Sharia)

BA Level (4 Years)

This programme provides sound teaching of Islamic Law (Sharia or Fiqh) based on modules taught at traditional seminaries of Najaf and Qum but in modern formats and standards. Modules in this programme include Hadith (tradition) Derayeh (comprehension), Rejal (Authenticity of Narrators), Schools of Philosophy, Arabic literature, English, Qur’anic Sciences, History of Jurisprudence, Islamic History, History of Religions and Faiths, and Research Methodology.

The programme spans over four academic years, each consisting of 42 weeks, minimum of 80% attendance is mandatory.

 

Face to Face

The Face-to-Face Islamic law (Sharia) programme was running in London from 1991 until 2003.
In 1999, due to the difficulties students faced in getting visa as well as the costs of living in the United Kingdom, the face-to-face programme was transferred to Damascus, Syria.

In the Face-to-Face learning, students have to attend classes for more than 80% of the total class hours per annum.
For the other 20%, students are free to choose to attend class or refer to the course books, other resources and references assigned for them by ICIS.
Students would sit exams at the ICIS premises on specific dates, as set according to the annual exam timetable.
The final assessment will be allocated as follows:
10% for the first term exam
10% for the second term exam
10%  this mark is to be estimated by the tutor in terms of the student’s class participation and the research report student submitted for their chosen module.
70%  for the final exam, after the final exam has been done, the exam papers are to be marked with confidential numbers, folded and stamped and later marked at the main premises of the ICIS. There are 210 days in the academic year. The executive board of ICIS arranges the holidays and anniversaries and other occasions according to the country concerned.

Distance Learning

The rational for this programme is to provide sound teaching of Islamic Law (Sharia or Fiqh) based on subjects taught at traditional seminaries of Najaf and Qum but in modern formats and standards. Subjects in this programme include Hadith (tradition) Derayeh (comprehension), Rejal (Authenticity of Narrators), Schools of Philosophy, Arabic literature, English, Qur’anic Sciences, History of Jurisprudence, Islamic History, History of Religions and Faiths, and Research Methodology.

The programme spans over four academic years each consisting of 42 weeks. Minimum 80% attendance is mandatory.

First year modules

Modules Number of units
1. Arabic Grammar and Morphology 1 60
2. English Language 1 40
3. Islamic History 28
4. Jurisprudence 1 50
5. Principles of Jurisprudence 55
6. Logic 41
7. Rhetoric 40
8. Theology 1 55
Total 369

 

Second year modules

Modules Number of units
1. Arabic Grammar and Morphology 2 60
2. Jurisprudence 2 60
3. English Language 2 33
4. Theology      2 40
5. Modern Philosophy 53
6. Quranic Studies 60
7. History of Islamic Jurisprudence 60
8. Attribution of Hadith 40
Total 406

 

Third year modules

Modules Number of units
1. Islamic Culture 50
2. Commentary on Quran 50
3. Principles of Jurisprudence 46
4. Islamic History 50
5. Jurisprudence 3 55
6. Authenticity of  Narrators 56
7. Religions and Creeds 51
Total 358

 

Fourth year modules

Modules Number of units
1. Comparative Jurisprudence 32
2. Research Methods 33
3. Qur’anic exegesis 32
4. Juristic Regulations 50
5. Jurisprudence 4 (Trade) 60
6. Jurisprudence 4 (Transactions) 60
7. Dissertation*
Total 267

 

* Final Year Dissertation 
The objective of writing a dissertation in the final year in addition to the term essays, is to enable students to use the methods and mechanisms of writing an academic research and to be qualified for graduation in the last year. At this stage, students will be able to:

  • Choose the titles for their graduation dissertation
  • Set the outline of the dissertation plan
  • Use the right resources for the dissertation
  • Collect the required academic materials
  • Write the dissertation in a proper and professional way
  • Defend the outcome of the dissertation