Associate Degree in Islamic and Arabic Studies

The two-year Associate’s Degree in Islamic and Arabic Studies is designed for students to gain literacy in the Islamic Sciences. It will establish a foundation enabling them to pursue higher studies and to face challenges as Muslims in the West as active members of society. They will be able to teach introductory classes, lead study circles, deliver sermons, teach seminars and be effective after school and Sunday school teachers.

Year One

Arabic (ARB 1A, 1B, 1C)

Lisān Al-Qur’ān
A series of textbooks that introduces the major concepts of Arabic Grammar and Morphology. After completing the series a student will have the ability to read Arabic texts with the help of a dictionary.

Fundamentals of Classical Arabic:
A primer on Arabic morphology. Students will be introduced to the primary concepts covered in morphology including the ten most commonly used verb form in Arabic. Completing this text will give students the ability to recognize verbs, word patterns and conjugate verbs without difficulty.

Fiqh (JRP 1A, 1B, 1C)

Introduction to Usūl Al-Fiqh:
This course will provide a brief history of the development and codification of Usūl Al-Fiqh. It will examine the primary and secondary sources of Islamic Law, legal rulings, how they are derived and function, as well as a brief overview of the rules of interpretation.

Ascent to Felicity (Marāqi Al-Sa‘ādāt):
A primary text in Hanafi fiqh that is taught in Islamic seminaries throughout the world written by the 11th century Hanafī jurist Abu Al-Ikhlās Al-Shurunbulālī (r). It covers the rulings and regulations related to purity and worship. The class will cover a detailed study of the issues and rulings related to purity and worship (prayer, fasting, zakah and hajj) and their everyday applications.

Hadith (HDT 1A, 1B, 1C)

Introduction to ‘Ulūm Al-Hadīth (Hadīth Studies):
This course will introduce students to the primary subjects related to the study of hadith including preservation, compilation, classification and criticism. It will also introduce the six authentic books of hadith and their compilers to create a better understanding of this noble science.

Zād Al-Tālibīn
A short compilation of concise sayings of the Prophet (saw) related to character, virtues and encouragement. Students will learn and memorize over 300 narrations.

Quran (QRN 1A, 1B, 1C)

Introduction to ‘Ulūm Al-Qur’ān
This course introduces the foundational topics taught in the field of Quranic studies centered on various aspects of revelation as well as compilation and preservation. Discussions will include: the causes and circumstances behind the revealed narrative, classifications of verses, methods of interpretation and even different modes of recitation, all of which are crucial in understanding this miraculous book.

Durūs min Al-Qur’ān Al-Karīm
Part of the ibn Saud University Arabic curriculum that focuses on the vocabulary of the Quran and explaining the Quran in simple Arabic.

Arabic Literature

Qasas Al-Nabiyyīn (Volumes 1-4)
Stories of the Prophets in Arabic. The book is used to build vocabulary, refine reading comprehension and to practically apply grammatical and morphological concepts.

Year Two

Arabic (ARB 2A, 2B, 2C)

Al-Nahwu Al-Wādih
A series of textbooks in Arabic that focus on grammar, morphology and composition. The goal of these textbooks is to reinforce and solidify grammatical concepts allowing the student to have an advanced level of proficiency.

Al-Tuhfah Al-Saniyyah Sharh Al-Aajrumiyyah
A primer on Arabic grammar. Studying this text will reinforce grammatical concepts, provide practical application of those concepts and build the students ability to read and understand texts in Arabic.

Tafsīr (QRN 2A, 2B, 2C)

Safwa Al-Tafāsīr
An accessible, easy to read and understand commentary of the Quran. This class will cover a word for word translation and commentary of selected Surahs: Al-Kahf, Maryam, Taha, Yaseen as well as a brief introduction to ‘Uloom Al-Quran.

Hadith (HDT 2A, 2B, 2C)

Arba‘īn Al-Nawawi with Ijāzah
This is the most famous collection of forty hadith. Imam Nawawi (r) collected those narrations that he felt covered the most fundamental concepts of faith and religion. This class will go through a detailed explanation of each hadīth.

Riyād Al-Sālihīn
This is one of the most widely read and studied hadith collections throughout the Muslim world. Imam Nawawi (r) compiled it from the six famous canonical collections of hadith, Bukhāri, Muslim, Abu Dawūd, Tirmidhi, Nasa’i and ibn Mājah. Through these hadīth Imam Nawawi provides a complete code of conduct for a person’s internal and external actions.

Fiqh (JRP 2A, 2B, 2C)

Mukhtasar Al-Qudūri
A primary text in Hanafi fiqh that is taught in Islamic seminaries throughout the world. It covers all of the major topics of Islamic Jurisprudence. The class will cover a detailed study of the issues and rulings related to purity, worship (prayer, fasting, zakah and hajj), commercial transactions (sales, lease, interest, collateral, trusts etc.) and their everyday applications.

Usool Al-Hadith (UHT 1)

Taysīr Mustalah Al-Hadīth
An Introductory text that covers the sciences of Hadīth and its terminology. The course will also include a discussion of the preservation and compilation of hadīth.

Arabic Literature

Qasas Al-Nabiyyīn (Volume 5)
A short but comprehensive seerah of the Prophet (saw) designed to build vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Al-Qirā’ah Al-Rāshidah
A selection of short stories and passages designed to build vocabulary and improve reading comprehension.

Suwar min Hayāt Al-Sahābah
Stories of the Companions (ra) designed to improve reading comprehension.