Islamic Studies Programme you can trust

What is iSyllabus?

I think therefore iSyllabus

iSyllabus aims to develop the next generation of active citizens and faith-inspired thought leaders in the West through transformative Islamic education programs.

Our program is the thinking person’s pathway to studying the Islamic sciences.

Our vision is to spark a revolution in the provision of Islamic education, developing upright individualswell-informed of their faithready to deal with the challenges of their societies.

To achieve this, the courses we offer provide students with a clear and authentic presentation of the Islamic faith, laying the groundwork for extensive lifelong learning. The result is an Islamic studies program that spans over three levels, with each level having a well defined educational outcome.

The Diploma course serves as an excellent entry to a nuanced yet fulfilling experience of the Islamic sciences as they relate to both the individual and society in the 21st Century.

We’ve fully integrated and refined the modules to cover core hermeneutical concepts in a graded manner. The material incorporates life-hacks that make living one’s faith a fulfilling experience. The course both contextualises core texts and enhances the spiritual aspect of one’s religious observance.

Building on knowledge themes in the iSyllabus One Year Islamic studies Diploma, iSyllabus offers further Islamic courses that extend over four years and split conveniently over two self-contained and stand-alone levels: Intermediary and Advanced.

Students are given an unique opportunity to study subjects rarely taught in the English language through arguably the most detailed bespoke course notes and materials available in Islamic studies today.

Admittance to further courses require the student to complete the One Year iSyllabus Diploma course. Once completed, students can then study subjects in greater depth with specialist instructors who share in the student’s passion for the subjects. Also, since the students now have a sound knowledge base by this stage, our Intermediary and Advanced courses have an accelerated and focused learning environment.

To find out more, download our course catalogue.

Our promise

We endeavour to hold our programs both online and in the venues where quality education happens. Therefore, we teach our courses in neutral, modern facilities with the latest audio-visual capabilities to maximise the learning experience of students.

Working closely with partner organisations, our Islamic courses also integrate inclusivity into their learning environments. Some may perceive religious teachings as something delivered in judgemental environments. However, we conduct our sessions in venues where students can feel at ease.

Eschewing futile sectarianism is a basic contention of iSyllabus Islamic courses. The venues we choose offer a refreshing change in which to explore one’s rich religious tradition without fear of being labelled or stigmatised.

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We endeavour to provide you with teachers whose knowledge you can trust. Central to the teaching ethos of iSyllabus is that all instructors faithfully convey mainstream Sunni Islamic teachings as represented in the major teaching centres of the Muslim world. Through this, students can be safe knowing that what we teach is reliable and consistently upheld throughout the teaching staff. Central to ensuring this is the system of the teaching ‘Ijaza’.

The system of Ijaza is a scholarly chain of transmission for each subject. It links each generation of scholars back to the previous ones, all the way back to the source of all guidance, may God bless and grant him peace. This ensures each generation gains knowledge directly from recognised scholars, rather that gleaning pieces of information from books alone. We choose teachers both based on their recognised qualifications and their ability to connect with students.

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We endeavour to provide students with the best bespoke Islamic educational material in the English language. Period. We created the material used in the modules specifically for our integrated Islamic courses. We extracted information from the most well-respected works of Islamic scholarship—with extensive original texts translated direct from the sources—affording students a glimpse into the vast ocean of Islamic religious and devotional literature.

Each lesson has its own set of notes.

Each class has clearly defined aims and objectives to enable students to track their own progress.​

We originally produced all our fully referenced and checked materials to represent the most widely accepted understanding of Sunni Islam.

Clear, well-produced presentations summarise the material covered in the lesson notes and apply the latest methods for creating presentation material.

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Why iSyllabus?

I think therefore iSyllabus

What is the religious and social function for which students are being prepared?

What’s different about the iSyllabus Islamic studies program compared to other course on offer in the West? Surely most courses are essentially the same?

I am asked these questions all the time from both prospective students and other scholars who have their own educational initiatives running in the West.

When we set-out to write our curriculum, there were already innovative initiatives doing excellent work in Islamic education. They covered both essential Islamic knowledge and ongoing advanced studies in the Islamic sciences. However, when looking to enhance the provision of Islamic education in the West, we focused on five key issues identified as being critical to making Islamic education serve the needs of individuals and communities. These issues revolved around the central question all famous traditional curriculum of the Muslim world would have asked: What is the religious and social function for which students are being prepared?

The subsequent review informed the full program that iSyllabus now offers. We asked why we are educating, how we’re doing it, and what we can use as markers of success. We believe this review, and our ongoing discussion and dialogue with teachers and scholars, makes the courses we offer unique.

So what are these key issues?

The Islamic issues discussed and debated by both Muslims and non-Muslims were central to deciding what content should be at the centre of the full curriculum. In the largely post-religious world we live in today, such a recalibrating of religious content is important to safeguard religion itself from perceived irrelevancy.

After incorporating the Islamic essentials every Muslim should know about their religion, our courses develop the capacities within students that help them flourish as confident members of their societies.

What are the core methodological issues that require attention in teaching an Islam that is both true to its intellectual heritage yet responsive to the age we live in? What are the elements we need to develop in an Islamic studies curriculum to move towards a constructive and balanced Sunni orthodoxy/orthopraxy? What polemics does Islam attract and how can Muslims develop a framework to defend its core teachings from such challenges? These are the core questions we asked to determine relevance.

One observation made while surveying religious practice in the West is the changing dynamics in the provision of religious advocacy and guidance. Effective religious leadership is no longer centralised with a person like an Imam. Instead, new and dynamic structures dictated by social media and community initiatives are developing apace. We’ve democratised religious scholarship and our scholarly tradition should embrace this phenomenon as an inherent part of itself. Therefore, any religious training program in the West must understand that students who complete their studies will need to provide religious guidance and insights in an array of contexts.

We reviewed the most significant syllabi used in the Muslim world. These include: The Darsi Nizami of the Subcontinent (which is now, when compared to the original curriculum, only partially taught) and its focus on the ancillary sciences; the Tahqiq (verification) method of Kurdish scholarship—used in Turkey, Iraq and Syria—which focuses on discursive teaching methods; the Syrian model, best exemplified by Mahad al-Fath in Damascus, known for both its rigorous repetition and review of core content coupled with the comprehensive array of sciences covered.

The Syrian model was used to ensure that students adequately complete all core content with the required competency. We incorporated relevant elements from all the above to inform the content of our program.

Throughout its history, Islam has naturally integrated itself into native cultures and made use of indigenous languages to spread its teaching. In doing so, it elevated them—as seen with Persian, Malay, Hausa, Turkish, Urdu and others—to being civilisational languages of the Ummah. As a result, the cultures of the lands who spoke these languages developed and internalised Muslim scholarship.

This was a statement of intent by Muslims scholars of their long-term commitment to these lands. English is now the common language of communication for most of the world’s Muslims. So we committed iSyllabus to creating a complete and holistic Islamic studies curriculum that is fully teachable via the English language. It also works to develop a students appreciation of the Arabic language by focusing on core technical Arabic vocabulary used in the Islamic sciences.

By giving students the context and significant variations in vocabulary usage, the course creates leverage to enhance our students’ understanding of the subjects studied.

This is also a logical step to take. Studies in educational pedagogy continually show that if the language of instruction is one the learner does not have complete mastery of learners misunderstand, misconstrue, or cannot internalise fine and nuanced points like those discussed in Islamic law and theology.

This is also a logical step to take. Studies in educational pedagogy continually show that if the language of instruction is one a learner does not have complete mastery of, those learners misunderstand or cannot internalise fine and nuanced points—such as those discussed in Islamic law and theology.

While rote-learning has a role in Islamic pedagogy, the overemphasis on this element of religious training has a detrimental result on educational development. Instead, the program developed by iSyllabus plots a student’s progression by measuring the development of critical religious literacy and competency over the contents of the subjects studied—not the amount of material memorised.

Identifying the logical fallacies inherent in so much discourse on Islam—both from Muslims and non-Muslims—is one of the critical challenges facing students of the Islamic sciences today. The ability of students to navigate both real-life and academic scenarios using their learning is key to measuring successful Islamic syllabi today.

The result: Our courses

The resultant iSyllabus Islamic courses are therefore bespoke and authored from the ground up. From the opening modules to the last lessons, they incorporate the action points identified in the review above. As a result, we offer three levels of Islamic courses that build a pathway to serious Islamic scholarship.

Is this an Alim course?

This question is bereft of any substantiative meaning in the present age. The state of Islamic education in most parts of the Muslim world means that what most Islamic seminaries offer today does not equate to what we previously considered an Alimiyyah level education.

As an alternative, we should again ask: What is the religious and social function for which students are being prepared?

To create syllabi that answer to the needs of the age is the pressing challenge for Muslim educationalists. The graded courses we offer allow students to work up to a high level of competency in the Islamic sciences. iSyllabus prepares students—upon completion—to fast track their pursuit of further studies through the medium of the Arabic language. This makes the education they received relevant and compelling. It is my experience that a further two years of full-time study would not only equate to but surpass the level offered in traditional Alimiyyah courses.

Given the thought put into the iSyllabus Islamic courses, they represent a comprehensive recalibration of the way we deliver Islamic education in the West.

Diploma Course

The Diploma course serves as an excellent entry to a nuanced yet fulfilling experience of the Islamic sciences as they relate to both the individual and society in the 21st Century. The modules and material is fully integrated and refined so as to cover core hermeneutical concepts in a graded manner and incorporates life-hacks that make living one’s faith a fulfilling experience. The course both contextualises core texts as well as enhances the spiritual aspect of one’s religious observance.

Intermediary Course

The Intermediary course develops an understanding of the primary texts of the Quran and Sunnah covered in the Diploma course, exploring the context and history of the Classical religious corpus of Islam. It incorporates detailed studies of religious text as well as the trends that led to their being set down in writing. Why did Fiqh develop the way we know it today? What are the main trends in Classical Islamic theology and what led to their genesis? How can the classical spiritual tradition of Islam help in creating healthier individuals and societies today?

Advanced Course

The Advanced course, as the two year culmination to the full course, focuses on the relevance of the Classical corpus of Islam to the challenges that Muslims face today. What can our intellectual tradition teach us in responding to the main Ethical and religious questions we face? To what degree are Religions decisive and violent by nature? What is the Question of Evil and what does Islamic theology say about it? Can Islamic law be applicable in the West? Can an understanding of the breadth of scholarly opinion on contentious issues help provide solutions to seemly intractable problems Muslims face? Does Islam have the requisite framework for navigating the problematics of Gender that affect religious scriptures generally?

Indeed the vast majority of the content which I teach in the Advanced course, such as on Polemics, Apologetics and the Philosophy of religion, is not covered in any Alimmiyah course, but is nevertheless today an absolute necessity for advanced students of knowledge.

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Testimonials

"Masha Allah excellent course Even though I was bought up in this country with the full five day 2 hours every day teaching of islamic studies this course gave me a complete different insight on many of the topics Jazakallah Khair to all the shaykhs and organisers"

Manchester, 2018/19

"The course has helped me develop myself as a practising Muslim. It helped me make sense of a lot of things I learnt as a child and I feel like the course has helped me improve myself greatly. I would recommend it."

Manchester, 2018/19

"Packed full of useful information and taught by engaging, learned shuyukh - the course is well structured and the lessons are thorough in all respects. The constant linking back to how the content is relevant everyday is eye-opening and has hugely enriched my understanding of my faith"

Birmingham, 2018/19

"The iSyllabus One Year Diploma Course is full of essential learnings for people of any level of Islamic knowledge."

Birmingham, 2018/19

"Modern and diverse range of subjects covered in so much detail. Explained from a very basic level so you never feel judged for not knowing about it beforehand and you leave well equipped with the relevant knowledge and evidence.. and material to refer back to."

Glasgow, 2018/19

I joined iSyllabus as a way of 'touching base,' once a week whilst I had moved away to complete my secular studies. I was working full time and simultaneously studying for my PGCE whilst attending iSyllabus, which in all honesty, kept me feeling grounded during that intense year. It was so refreshing just to sit and let the day's worries and trouble drop whilst focusing in class. It's a learning experience, as one not only obtains sacred knowledge, but also learns a lot of the self (and subsequent self development) in the process. I'd like to sincerely thank the teachers, the volunteers and the admin for all their efforts this year. God bless you all."

Birmingham, 2018/19

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Click on the Apply tab and choose the course you wish to apply for and click ‘Apply Now’ and follow instructions.

Please check individual course information for any age restrictions. 

iSyllabus has been for some time now seeking a method to extend and enhance the learning experience. We have been receiving numerous requests for some time from students to get closer to the class and be part of a larger community. We have been seeking such a solution that would not compromise the students privacy and data ownership, whilst at the same time providing a means for a positive online experience. Momentpin provided all the core feature sets we required and we are confident that it will provide the extended learning experience that our students have been requesting for.

Although it is not compulsory to download the momentpin app to enrol onto the courses, we would highly recommend this as the app is free and will enhance your learning experience with iSyllabus. Using the app will allow students to interact with fellow students, teachers and view the many additional resources and information shared on this platform by the teachers.

In order to apply for the iSyllabus Intermediary Year 1 course, students must have enrolled onto the iSyllabus One Year Diploma Course.

To apply for the Intermediary Year 2 course, student must have successfully passed Intermediary Year 1.

The course will run from October till the following June.

It will follow a trimester system. For each trimester, generally each week there will be 3 lessons (each lesson for a different module, each module consisting of 6 lessons) and will be in 6-week blocks, with two such blocks for the first two trimesters.  In general there will be 2 exams the week after each 6-week block. Some modules may have a homework-type assessment instead of an exam. The third trimester will only consist of one 6-week block and there will be no assessments for the subjects taught in this block.

Classes will generally take place between 7pm -9pm unless stated otherwise. Detailed timetables will be provided for students upon course commencement and will include dates of classes and tutorials (if any), exams/assessments and holidays.

See course guidelines provided on enrolment for more details.

Fees for each course are detailed on the ‘Apply’ page

 

 

 

No, payment must be made in one instalment when you apply for the course and have been accepted. Once we have received your full payment, you will be enrolled on to the course. Please note that an independent charity does help students who require financial assistance, please visit their website for further information.

It is the expressed aim of iSyllabus to provide all those that seek to further their understanding of their religion with ample opportunity to do so. We venture to ensure that no individual in genuine need will be denied access to the course on account of a lack of funds.

With this in mind, the iSyllabus Scholarships Charity (an independent charity to iSyllabus) helps those who require financial assistance.

Please note that the applicant will be required to demonstrate that such a need exists and only students who have proven their need of such assistance will be successful.

For further details on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit the iSyllabus Scholarships Charity website.

In order to gain a certificate of completion at the end of the course the assessment criteria for all exams/assessments must be met together with the attendance criteria. However, a student can choose to attend the lectures and not sit the exams but will not get a certificate at the end of the year and will not be able to progress onto the iSyllabus Intermediate & Advanced courses.

Click on the ‘Apply’ button and enrol for the course of your choice. You will see a blue banner on the top of the checkout page which gives option saying ‘Click here to enter discount code’ 

You can then enter your code and if valid the discount will be applied. 

PLEASE NOTE: Only 1 discount code can be used per order and if using an ISOC discount code, we reserve the right to request evidence of ISOC membership and withdraw discount if no valid membership

Yes. Students will be issued with a Self-Accredited Diploma in Islamic Studies via email on successful completion of the course provided that they met the criteria and passed all exams /written assessments. See course guidelines provided on enrolment for more details.

As the iSyllabus courses are being delivered online this year due to the current restrictions we are also providing our course notes via PDF online which can be accessed via the student dashboard for enrolled students.

If a student wishes to order a printed copy of the notes, they can do so via an external printer on the student dashboard. 

As iSyllabus are not providing course notes this year, we have reduced our course fees to reflect this change. iSyllabus are not making any profit from the printed course notes being ordered by students.

It depends when a student wishes to leave the course.

If iSyllabus is informed in writing of the intention to discontinue prior to 1st November 2020 – 23:59 hours, then a full refund will be issued to original payment method.

No refunds will be issued for any cancellation requests received after 1st November 2020 – 23:59 hours.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

1. Register with iSyllabus by clicking here.

2. All registrations will be through the Momentpin application.

3. Once you have successfully registered for the course you will be automatically added into the classroom on Momentpin.

4. Payment can be made online via a Debit/Credit card and upon completion you will be fully enrolled onto the course.

Yes students must be 16 years of age or over. Students who are 15 years of age may in exceptional circumstances apply to course but only if accompanied to class by a legal guardian who is also a students on the same course. However it should be noted that this will be at the discretion of the teaching staff and the level of maturity of the student.

iSyllabus has been for some time now seeking a method to extend and enhance the learning experience. We have been receiving numerous requests for some time from students to get closer to the class and be part of a larger community. We have been seeking such a solution that would not compromise the students privacy and data ownership, whilst at the same time providing a means for a positive online experience. Momentpin provided all the core feature sets we required and we are confident that it will provide the extended learning experience that our students have been requesting for.

Please contact the administration on info@isyllabus.org.uk

NO there are no costs for the end user to download the application and use it for personal and iSyllabus use.

NO Momentpin is an independent social network which has been developed with the core features of family, user privacy and control at the heart of its product feature set.  In addition to community groups being hosted on Momentpin, it also enables its users to create personal feeds, capturing all the important moments of your life and sharing them within family and private groups. It provides the feature to create a child account to enable users to capture moments of their children from birth and then to share them with children,  nurturing them on a virtual network in parallel to bringing them up.

NO Momentpin does not allow adverts on your personal feed and hence has no requirement to data mine or own your content. Momentpin revenue is clear through two means (a) They will be providing a Freemium model for the B2C customer and (b) Momentpin charge community groups, like iSyllabus, to create moments, i.e. class rooms or events, to interact and engage with our students.

The course will run from mid October till the following June.

It will follow a trimester system. For each trimester, generally each week there will be 3 lessons (each lesson for a different module, each module consisting of 6 lessons) and will be in 6-week blocks, with two such blocks for the first two trimesters.  In general there will be 2 exams the week after each 6-week block. Some modules may have a homework-type assessment instead of an exam. The third trimester will only consist of one 6-week block and there will be no assessments for the subjects taught in this block.

Classes will generally take place between 6.45-9.30 pm unless stated otherwise. Detailed timetables will be provided for students upon course commencement and will include dates and locations of all classes, tutorials (if any), exams/assessments and holidays.

See course guidelines provided on enrolment for more details.

In order to apply for the iSyllabus Intermediary course, students must have successfully completed and passed the iSyllabus One Year Diploma Course.

Students with an overall average of 65% or above will be given priority. Students who have gained less than 65% are recommended to repeat the course (without exams) before applying to the Intermediary course.

Full Fee – £345

Early bird rate – £315

Repeat Student – £195

Please note that there are no other discounts available. Advanced and Intermediary fees are provided upon application.

A discounted rate of £195 is available to previous students if they paid the full course fee when they attended the course. Any student who dropped out of the course, without paying the full fee, is not eligible for this discount. If you are a repeat student, please state in your application form that you paid the full-fee the first-time round so that this can be checked and a repeat student discount applied.

No, payment must be made in one instalment when you apply for the course and have been accepted. Once we have received your full payment, you will be enrolled on to the course. Please note that an independent charity does help students who require financial assistance, please visit their website for further information.

It is the expressed aim of iSyllabus to provide all those that seek to further their understanding of their religion with ample opportunity to do so. We venture to ensure that no individual in genuine need will be denied access to the course on account of a lack of funds.

With this in mind, the iSyllabus Scholarships Charity (an independent charity to iSyllabus) helps those who require financial assistance.

Please note that the applicant will be required to demonstrate that such a need exists and only students who have proven their need of such assistance will be successful.

For further details on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit the iSyllabus Scholarships Charity website.

Diploma Course

Yes, we expect students to have a good level of attendance throughout the year and attend each week to ensure they do not miss lessons. See course guidelines for more details.

Intermediary/Advanced Courses

Students need to attend a minimum of 22 weeks of the full 32 weeks to attain the minimum attendance criteria. This means that failure to attend 10 weeks or more will result in the student being unable to attain an acceptable attendance rate for the next year. See course guidelines provided on enrolment for more details.

In order to gain a certificate of completion at the end of the course the assessment criteria for all exams/assessments must be met together with the attendance criteria. However, a student can choose to attend the lectures and not sit the exams but will not get a certificate at the end of the year and will not be able to progress onto the iSyllabus Intermediate & Advanced courses.

Written examinations will be held usually at the end of the 6 week module i.e. the week after the last set of lessons, though this may vary depending on circumstances. Students will be given prior notice relating to examination dates.

Yes. Students will be issued with a Self-Accredited Diploma in Islamic Studies on successful completion of the course provided that they met the attendance criteria and passed all exams /written assessments. See course guidelines provided on enrolment for more details.

All students will be issued with one set of notes for all subjects. Any additional sets of notes that a student requires due to loss or damaged will be subject to a £15 fee for each volume of notes.

If you wish to leave for any reason, please email info@isyllabus.org.uk quoting your name, student number and which city you are attending the course in and the admin team will process your request.

It depends when a student wishes to leave the course.

If Admin is informed in writing of the intention to discontinue prior to commencing the course, then a full refund will be applicable minus a £50 admin charge.

If Admin is informed in writing of the intention of discontinuing the course before Sunday 1 December 2019 – 2359 hours then a 50% refund of amount payed for course will be applicable.

From Monday 2 December 2019, no refunds will be issued.