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Exploring a variety of Islamicate issues and topics across the ummahtic - LIVE ONLINE ON ZOOM SESSIONs

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IslamicCourses presents: The Virtual/Online 'Muzlamic' Series:

 1. [ It's our Time ] - A discussion series exploring a variety of Islamicate topics related to the specific historical, theological, philosophical, scientific or cultural development of the ummah through the ages.

 2. [ This is Their Life ] - A programme that explores the thoughts, works, and practices of past and contemporary Muslim scholars, academics and leaders from all sectors of society.

 3. [ The Garam Masala Discussion Forum ] - In this programme we hope to explore and address contemporary heated debates/events/topics in the 'ummahtic', in a way which is rooted in the spirit of faith and ethics with an eye towards practical utility.

 All programmes are FREE - REGISTRATION IS COMPULSORY - ALL WELCOME - Please adjust the timings for your timezone. All times are stated as British Time:



With translator Professor Scott C. Lucas [Professor of Islamic Studies in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona]

and hosted by Andrew Booso [Editor of Tabari: Selections from the Comprehensive Exposition]

Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. Jarir al-Tabari (d. 310/923) is one of the most famous Muslim scholars of medieval Islamic civilisation. He composed numerous books in Arabic in the fields of Islamic law, Qur’an commentary and history. The only two large books of his to survive are his History of Messengers and Kings and his Qur’anic commentary, The Comprehensive Exposition of the Interpretation of the Verses of the Qur’an.

Tabari’s Qur’an Commentary, Comprehensive Exposition of the Interpretation of the Verses of the Qur’an, is one of the great monuments of classical Arabic and Islamic scholarship which, over a millennium, has been a fundamental reference work for scholars engaged in the tradition of Qur’anic exegesis. This two-volume translation focuses on thirty selected verses and Suras, or Chapters, associated with special merits and blessings and also includes Tabari’s own introduction to the Comprehensive Exposition.

Volume I contains: Tabari’s introduction; The Opening; the Throne Verse and the final three verses from The Cow (2:255 and 284–286); The Family of ‘Imran (3:7 and 18); Repentance (9:38–40 and 128–129); the story of Moses and al-Khadir from The Cave (18:60–82); the Verse of Light from The Light (24:35–42); Prostration; Ya’ Sin.

Volume II contains: The Companies (39:53–55); The Smoke; The Beneficent; The Inevitable Occasion; Iron; The Gathering (59:18–24); Sovereignty; The Resurrection; The Most High; The Sun; The Night; The Earthquake; The Chargers; Rivalry; The Disbelievers; Aid; Sincerity; Daybreak; People.

Date and time: Saturday 17th April 2021 @6pm UK/London



With author Dr. Celene Ibrahim [Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Groton School, USA]

and hosted by Dr Shuruq Naguib [Lecturer at Lancaster University, UK]

Celene Ibrahim explores the complex cast of female figures in the Qur'an, probing themes related to biological sex, female sexuality, female speech, and women in sacred history. Ibrahim considers major and minor figures referenced in the Qur'an, including those who appear in narratives of sacred history, in parables, in descriptions of the eternal abode, and in verses that allude to events contemporaneous with the advent of the Qur'an in Arabia. Ibrahim finds that the Qur'an regularly celebrates the aptitudes of women in the realms of spirituality and piety, in political maneuvering, and in safeguarding their own wellbeing; yet, women figures also occasionally falter and use their agency toward nefarious ends. Women and Gender in the Qur'an outlines how women and girls - old, young, barren, fertile, chaste, profligate, reproachable, and saintly -enter Qur'anic sacred history and advance the Qur'an's overarching didactic aims.

Date and time: Sunday 18th April 2021 @5.30pm UK/London


BEFORE YOU PARTICIPATE PLEASE READ BELOW OUR Term's & Condition's and all our FAQs can be found here:

Resources have already been allocated and this is a not-for-profit endevour to raise the levels of religious and cultural literacy to the public and connect academia to wider society it serves to make it making it relevant and transformative.

 1. Once you have registered, you will receive an initial confirmation via eventbrite and ON THE DAY of the session, you will be sent a final email with instructions and link.

 2. As we have limited allocation of participants, once the link is sent and active, it will be on first come, first basis. We may or not choose to stream the session live on Facebook or YouTube. 

 3. Program outline will only be provided on the day and there will be plenty of time for Q & A.

 4. Participants are requested make their own notes and any recordings by participants are to be kept for private purposes and not to be shared across social media or other online platforms - This is to safeguard the intelectual property of the speakers from any misquotations and misunderstanding during the live sessions. The same applies with the host and organisers.  

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