Qur'an
Study Program

Have you been looking for a structured format to delve deeper into the meanings and message of the Qur’an? The Qur’an Study Program is a unique module-based online course designed to provide a platform for exploring key messages and different meanings of the Qur’an. 

Distinguished scholars and teachers will collaboratively unpack the verses of the Qur’an, sharing pearls and highlights from classical tafsirs (such as al-Biquai), to modern exegesis (such as Ibn Ashur and al-Tantawi) as well as exploring newer ways of understanding the Qur’an. 

Whether you are new to Qur’anic study or have been leading a study group on it, this Program is your opportunity for cultivating an in-depth understanding of two key chapters of the Quran. The first module of the Program will cover the entire tafsir (interpretation) of Surah Fatiha and al-Baqara over a three term structure (followed by modules that will cover the entire Quran over a number of years). 

This program is run in collaboration with the Ibn 'Ashur Centre for Quranic Studies.

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Teachers

Dr. Sohaib Saeed

Dr. Sohaib Saeed is director of the Ibn ‘Ashur Centre for Quranic Studies (UK). After a BA and MSc in philosophy (Edinburgh), he graduated from Al-Azhar (Faculty of Theology, Cairo) in Tafsīr and Quranic Sciences. He then completed his PhD at SOAS, University of London; the book based on his thesis is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press: Explaining the Qur’an Through the Qur’an. His translation of the first volume of The Great Exegesis by Imam Razi was a recipient of the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation in 2018. He has also written for academic journals and collections including the Journal of Qur’anic Studies, the Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an (Brill Online) and The Handbook of Qur’anic Hermeneutics (De Gruyter). His work includes consulting for Bayyinah Institute, and overseeing content and quality at the major website Quran.com and its sister site QuranReflect.com.

Dr. Mir Sadeq Ansari

Dr Mir Sadeq Ansari was born in Afghanistan and raised in Australia. In his Bachelor of Arts, he studied psychological science, at Macquarie University, in 2010. He was the president of the Macquarie University Affinity Club (2005-08). In his M. A., he studied Islamic and Arabic at the University of Sydney in 2012. He studied Arabic at the Nile Centre in Cairo, Egypt 2014. He took Turkish Language courses and Islamic and Ottoman History Courses in Istanbul, Turkey (June 2014 – June 2015). He obtained a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education at ISRA Australia, 2019. He has delivered many public talks, taught various Islamic community courses and lectured at Charles Sturt University and Respect Graduate School. His doctoral dissertation is on the role and rules of ‘aql/reason in text criticism of hadith by the famous polymath Abu Ja’far Tahawi.

Ustadh Ahmet Ozturk

Ustadh Ahmet Ozturk has taken Islamic studies under local scholars and further completed a Master of Islamic Studies at Charles Sturt University. He has also taken Arabic, Quran and Islamic studies in Egypt. His focus areas are theology, hadith and tafsir. He has been delivering Islamic talks and courses to youth and community over many years. Ahmet also holds the role of Provisional Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor.

Researchers

Yousef Wahb

Yousef Wahb is the Research Director of the Qur’anic Studies Department at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, an Islamic Law Instructor at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law, LexisNexis Canada Family Law Author. He holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) from the University of Windsor, a Masters of Arts (MA) from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a Bachelor in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University. Yousef is also a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

Hakan Coruh

Hakan Coruh holds his Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Faculty of Divinity, Sakarya University. In 2007, he completed his Master’s degree in Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir) at the same university. Between 2003 and 2008, he took advantage of academic circles and centres such as İSAM (Centre for Islamic Studies) in Istanbul, one of the major cities for Islamic studies in the Muslim World. He then completed his PhD at Australian Catholic University in 2015. His PhD research is on early modern exegesis of the Qur’an. Hakan is currently a lecturer, and supervisor of HDR students at CISAC, CSU. Hakan’s main field is Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir). He teaches and writes on Qur’anic studies, classical exegesis, and contemporary approaches to the Qur’an and Islam. He is interested in the classical and modern Qur’an exegesis, contemporary Islamic thought, Islamic Legal Theories (usul al-fiqh) and Jurisprudence (fiqh), Islamic theology, and interfaith relations.

Tafsirs for the Program

Al-Tafsir al-Kabir

Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (d. 606/1210) was a leading Ash’ari theologian, Shafi’i legal scholar, and commentator on the Qur’an whose “Mafatih al-Ghayb” (aka “Al-Tafsir al-Kabir”) has been hugely influential across the Islamic world. It is known for its philosophical explorations alongside the standard attention to language and narrations. The first volume and selected surahs have been translated by Dr. Sohaib Saeed as “The Great Exegesis”.

Al-Tahrir wa-l-Tanwir

Muhammad al-Tahir Ibn ‘Ashur (d. 1973) was the leading scholar of the Zaytouna Mosque and University in Tunisia, and Shaykh al-Islam of its Maliki madhhab. His commentary Al-Tahrir wa-l-Tanwir has been widely acclaimed for its special attention to the linguistic subtleties of the Qur’an, its deep engagement with the tradition, and the creativity of its ideas. It is presently being abridged in English by the Ibn ‘Ashur Centre for Quranic Studies.

Naẓm al-durar fī tanāsub al-āyāt wa al-suwar

Abu al-Hasan Ibrahim ibn Umar Burhan al-Din al-Biqa’ī’s tafsir (d. 1480) is one of the rare exegesis that focuses on the coherency and interconnectedness of the verses and Surahs of the Qur’an. Al-Biqa’ī’s tafsir Naẓm al-durar fī tanāsub al-āyāt wa al-suwar gives a unique translation for every basmala (bismillah) that is mentioned. Not only for verses, for every Surah the of the Qur’an an analysis is provided to show the unique place of that Surah compared to the other chapters of the Qur’an. Throughout the tafsir, a strong focus on spiritual interpretations can be detected by ishārī meanings (allegorical/indicative meanings).

Tafsir al-Qurtubi: Al-Jāmi’ li Ahkām al-Qur’an

One of the most iconic exegesis authored focussing on: linguistic, causes of revelations, definitions of difficult words, hadith and opinions of the early Salaf. Besides all this, he has developed and extensively dealt with legal judgments arising from verses on entering fiqh issues and divergences.

Al-Bahr al-Madid (The Immense Ocean)

By Ahmad ibn ‘Ajiba (18th century Moroccan mystic and scholar)

Al-Bahr al-Madid is a traditional Quranic commentary which gives both exoteric exegesis and mystical/spiritual ecegesis for each verse of the Qur’an.

Tafsir ibn Kathir

Tafsir Ibn Kathir, also known as Tafsir al-Qur’an al-Azim, is a renowned Islamic text dedicated to interpreting the Quran. Authored by Ibn Kathir, it delves into the meanings of Quranic verses, incorporating jurisprudential insights and drawing upon the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and his companions. It’s widely respected for its comprehensive approach to understanding the Quran.

Begin your Qur'an journey

Program Structure

Classes will be held once a week and run for 2 hours. 

Tuesdays (Starting 28 May)

Sydney: 8pm-10pm
New York: 6am – 8am
London: 11am – 1pm

Term 1 – 28 May 2024 to 9 July 2024
Term 2 – 23 July 2024 to 24 September 2024
Term 3 – 15 October 2024 to 17 December 2024

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