Al-Ghazālī’s World View

In Search of Certainty: Al-Ghazālī’s Epistemology

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Al-Ghazālī’s World View

About the Course

Al-Ghazālī’s World View : Delving into the intellectual legacy of Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī – a preeminent scholar in the Muslim world and a pivotal figure in the Islamic intellectual tradition – this course Al-Ghazālī’s World View critically evaluates the role of doubt (shakk) and certainty (yaqīn) in his epistemology. Participants will explore al-Ghazālī’s approach to acquiring certainty, his methodological scepticism, his foundationalism, his attitude towards authoritative instruction (taʿlīm), and the place of philosophical demonstration and Sufism in his epistemology. This course Al-Ghazālī’s World View is designed for those with interests in classical Islamic philosophy, Sufism, ethics, theology, epistemology, and Islamic studies in general.

Course Team

Nabil Yasien Mohamed

Nabil Yasien Mohamed

(Author of Ghazālī’s Epistemology)

AT A GLANCE

12 Live Online Sessions

Duration: 3+ Months

Sundays, 7 PM - 8:30 PM (London, UK)

1.5 hrs per lecture (18 hrs)

Video Recordings Available

Mobile App

Live Q&A

Digital Certificate

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Starts on 30th June 2024

Course Fee

Pay in Full: £89.99 £59.99

Pay in 4 Installments: £14.99

Registration Deadline

29th June 2024

 

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Course Overview

Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī (d. 1111), known by the honorific title, the “Proof of Islam”, was one of the foremost scholars and authorities in the Muslim world. The epistemology of a paradigmatic figure like al-Ghazālī is central to Islamic intellectual thought, but also speaks to our modern world. In this course Al-Ghazālī’s World View we embark on a study of doubt (shakk) and certainty (yaqīn) in al-Ghazālī’s epistemology. Al-Ghazālī was no dogmatist or religious zealot, but a scholar with a critical spirit who relentlessly struggled in pursuit of truth and certainty. In this course Al-Ghazālī’s World View we look at al-Ghazālī’s attitude to philosophical demonstration and Sufism as a means to certainty.

In early scholarship surrounding al-Ghazālī, it was assumed that he was a vehement adversary to philosophy and a recluse Sufi. He has often been blamed as the one who single-handedly offered the death-blow to philosophy in the Muslim world. On the other hand, in much of contemporary scholarship, al-Ghazālī has been understood to give preference to philosophy as the ultimate means to certainty, undermining the place of Sufism. Al-Ghazālī is an enigma to many, and continues to invite much discourse. Much of previous scholarship has either focused on al-Ghazālī as a Sufi or a philosopher.

In this course Al-Ghazālī’s World View we embark on a parallel approach in which we acknowledge each discipline in its right place within al-Ghazālī’s epistemology. We analyse al-Ghazālī’s approach to acquiring certainty, his methodological scepticism, his foundationalism, his attitude to authoritative instruction (taʿlīm), and the place of philosophical demonstration and Sufism in his epistemology. This course Al-Ghazālī’s World View will acquaint students with al-Ghazālī’s life and thought, and help navigate the primary literature surrounding his oeuvre.

Al-Ghazālī’s World View
Al-Ghazālī’s World View
Al-Ghazālī’s World View

 LEARNING  OBJECTIVES

  • Introduce Al-Ghazālī’s Life and Thought: Provide an overview of al-Ghazālī’s life, intellectual development, and major works. Explore the historical context that shaped al-Ghazālī’s epistemological inquiries.
  • Examine Al-Ghazālī’s Scepticism and Approach to Certainty: Analyse al-Ghazālī’s methodological scepticism and evaluate the role of foundationalism in his epistemology. Explore al-Ghazālī’s quest for certainty and the different means of attaining it.
  •   Investigate Al-Ghazālī’s Perspective on Philosophy and Sufism: Investigate al-Ghazālī’s views on the relationship between philosophical reasoning and mystical experience (Sufism). Critically assess traditional and contemporary interpretations of al-Ghazālī’s stance on philosophical demonstration and Sufi spiritual practices.
  • Explore Al-Ghazālī’s Impact on Islamic Thought: Examine al-Ghazālī’s legacy in Islamic philosophy, theology, and mysticism, and the  historical reception and scholarly debates surrounding his intellectual contribution.
Al-Ghazālī’s World View

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding Al-Ghazālī’s Epistemological Framework: Students will gain a deep comprehension of al-Ghazālī’s approach to doubt (shakk) and certainty (yaqīn) within the context of Islamic intellectual thought.
  • Evaluating Al-Ghazālī’s View on Philosophical Demonstration and Sufism: Participants will examine al-Ghazālī’s nuanced stance towards philosophical demonstration and Sufism as a means to certainty.
  • Exploring Al-Ghazālī’s Intellectual Legacy: Engage with primary literature and scholarly discourse to navigate the complexities of al-Ghazālī’s intellectual legacy, and impact on Islamic philosophy, theology, and mysticism.
  • Integrating Disciplinary Perspectives: Synthesize diverse disciplinary perspectives by acknowledging the roles of both philosophy and Sufism in al-Ghazālī’s epistemology.
  • Developing Analytical Skills: Enhance analytical skills through critical assessment of primary texts and scholarly interpretations related to al-Ghazālī, fostering a nuanced understanding of the historical and philosophical context of Islamic intellectual traditions.
Al-Ghazālī’s World View
Al-Ghazālī’s World View

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Al Balagh courses recognised or accredited?

Al Balagh courses do not provide an externally accredited or recognised qualification. Our own expert team works at the course content. With over 40000+ learners, we are continuously growing and our vision is to make Al Balagh qualifications renowned worldwide through our expert team, without seeking formal accreditation or recognition from external institutional bodies.

How is this online course structured?

Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre-recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. Students may ask questions and get their doubts cleared from their respective lecturers, if any. Our dedicated academic support team will assist you as required.

When will I have access to the online course material?

Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to ILM Portal (our advanced online learning portal) within 24 hours. (login details and important contact information will be provided on your registered email address)

Will I get notification for live sessions?

You will be able to view all course wise live session details including joining links on your ILM Portal calendar.Weekly email reminders are also sent out on your registered email address. If you find any difficulty with the link/calendar please contact us immediately via  Email: [email protected] or by Phone: +447946835578 . Our dedicated support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest

Is it mandatory to attend live sessions?

Attending live sessions, while not mandatory for course progression, is strongly encouraged. Prominent scholars and educators highlight the unique value of live attendance, emphasizing its role in the authentic transfer of knowledge. Live participation fosters an interactive learning environment, allowing for real-time questions, discussions, and clarifications that are not as easily replicated through recorded materials. This live engagement is seen as essential for a deeper understanding and connection to the subject matter, echoing the tradition and Adab of scholarly learning.

I missed a live session. Can I get the video recordings?

If you miss a live session, don't worry! You can access the recorded sessions, presentations, and relevant materials on your course dashboard within 24-48 hours after the live class is delivered. Our admin team uploads the content promptly so you can catch up on what you missed and be well-prepared for the next live class. Simply log in to the ILM Student portal and find the materials under the respective course section if you miss a scheduled live lecture.

Can I download the video recordings on my device (Desktop/Laptop/Mobile/Tab)?

We understand that having constant access to educational content is important for our students. However, to maintain the integrity and security of our course materials, videos are not available for download directly from the Learning Management System (LMS). We ensure that our LMS is accessible at all times and from various devices, allowing you to study at your convenience, wherever you have internet access. If you have any concerns about accessing the materials or need assistance with the LMS, please do not hesitate to contact our support team for help.

I have doubts but I cannot attend the live session. Any other way to ask my questions?

For any doubts or discussions, join the dedicated Course WhatsApp Groups where you can engage with peers for question clarification and discussions. Course instructors may be part of these groups at their discretion. If you need to contact a specific instructor, please reach out to the Admin Team.

How do I interact with my classmates?

You can interact with your classmates on our WhatsApp Groups exclusive for the course students. To join the official WhatsApp group, log in to your course on https://ilm.albalaghacademy.org/  and access the "Join Official WhatsApp Group'' tab. Go to Start → Sessions → Welcome Aboard: Course Introduction → Join Official WhatsApp Group 

Joining the group will allow you to connect with fellow course students for discussions and updates.

What is the process for reaching out to the instructor?

For inquiries about instructor contact information, please reach out to the course administrator directly. Instructor details will be shared only with their explicit consent. However, participants are encouraged to connect through group discussions.

( Please note, they often have demanding schedules and may not always be able to address individual queries. We encourage you to attend live sessions and utilize the Q&A period for questions. For queries post-lecture, feel free to contact our administrators, and we will do our best to assist. Responses from instructors will depend on their availability. Thank you for your understanding.)

When will the final exam be held?

The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course(approximately one month after the final live lecture of the course) and will be a Graded And Timed Exam.

How long will I have access to the online course(s)?

The duration of access to paid online courses varies depending on the program length:

  • Courses lasting 4/6 months (12/16 sessions): 1 year access
  • Courses lasting 9-12 months (24-30 sessions): 2 year access

Please note that these durations apply specifically to our paid courses.

I am facing trouble signing into the “ILM” Online Student portal. What should I do?

In case you find any trouble accessing your account, then please contact us immediately via  email: [email protected] or by phone: +447946835578 . Our dedicated support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest. The time taken to resolve issues depends on the team's availability and working hours. We guarantee prompt resolution of your queries. Please be aware that it typically takes around 24 hours to resolve any technical issues.

How can I apply for the Al Balagh Scholarship?

Al Balagh Academy values seekers of knowledge more than anything. Please visit  here to apply for a scholarship. Our team will assess your application and respond in 2 - 3 working days.

What is the course grading policy?

Our course grading policy is designed to ensure a comprehensive understanding and mastery of the subject matter. To successfully pass, students are required to achieve a minimum grade of 40% across all courses. Here's how your performance will be evaluated:

  • Weekly Assessment Exams (60% of total points): Throughout the course, you will encounter approximately 5-6  online objective assessments aimed at testing your understanding and honing your skills. These weekly checkpoints are pivotal in tracking your progress and ensuring you're on the right path.
  • Course Final Exam (40% of total points): The culmination of your learning journey is marked by the course final exam. This decisive assessment evaluates your grasp of the entire course content.
  • Achieving a score of 40% or above is essential to pass the course. This balanced approach between regular assessments and a comprehensive final exam ensures that you not only retain information but also apply your knowledge effectively.
When do I receive the course certificate ?
Following successful course completion, you will be eligible to receive your digital certificate of achievement. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
Completion of All Course Modules: Full engagement with all designated course materials, including readings, assignments, and assessments, is mandatory.

Attainment of the Minimum Passing Threshold: A minimum grade of 40% is required to qualify for the certificate of achievement.

Who do I contact if I still have doubts related to my courses ?

If you have questions or need assistance during your journey, our dedicated support team is here for you. Your success is our priority. Please be patient as our team works round the clock to provide support.

📞 Admissions Team( Payment, Scholarships, Enrollment, or information about New Courses):

🚀 Short-Term Course Support (Assessment, Course-related, or IT-Technical issues):

Concerned about Flexibility?

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Is there a mobile app for accessing my courses ?

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Are Al Balagh courses recognised or accredited?

Al Balagh courses do not provide an externally accredited or recognised qualification. Our own expert team works at the course content. With over 40000+ learners, we are continuously growing and our vision is to make Al Balagh qualifications renowned worldwide through our expert team, without seeking formal accreditation or recognition from external institutional bodies.

How is this online course structured?

Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre-recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. Students may ask questions and get their doubts cleared from their respective lecturers, if any. Our dedicated academic support team will assist you as required.

When will I have access to the online course material?

Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to ILM Portal (our advanced online learning portal) within 24 hours. (login details and important contact information will be provided on your registered email address)

Will I get notification for live sessions?

You will be able to view all course wise live session details including joining links on your ILM Portal calendar. Weekly email reminders are also sent out on your registered email address. If you find any difficulty with the link/calendar please contact us immediately via  Email: [email protected] or by Phone: +447946835578 . Our dedicated support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest

Is it mandatory to attend live sessions?

Attending live sessions, while not mandatory for course progression, is strongly encouraged. Prominent scholars and educators highlight the unique value of live attendance, emphasizing its role in the authentic transfer of knowledge. Live participation fosters an interactive learning environment, allowing for real-time questions, discussions, and clarifications that are not as easily replicated through recorded materials. This live engagement is seen as essential for a deeper understanding and connection to the subject matter, echoing the tradition and Adab of scholarly learning.

I missed a live session. Can I get the video recordings?

If you miss a live session, don't worry! You can access the recorded sessions, presentations, and relevant materials on your course dashboard within 24-48 hours after the live class is delivered. Our admin team uploads the content promptly so you can catch up on what you missed and be well-prepared for the next live class. Simply log in to the ILM Student portal and find the materials under the respective course section if you miss a scheduled live lecture.

Can I download the video recordings on my device (Desktop/Laptop/Mobile/Tab)?

We understand that having constant access to educational content is important for our students. However, to maintain the integrity and security of our course materials, videos are not available for download directly from the Learning Management System (LMS). We ensure that our LMS is accessible at all times and from various devices, allowing you to study at your convenience, wherever you have internet access. If you have any concerns about accessing the materials or need assistance with the LMS, please do not hesitate to contact our support team for help.

I have doubts but I cannot attend the live session. Any other way to ask my questions?

For any doubts or discussions, join the dedicated Course WhatsApp Groups where you can engage with peers for question clarification and discussions. Course instructors may be part of these groups at their discretion. If you need to contact a specific instructor, please reach out to the Admin Team.

How do I interact with my classmates?

You can interact with your classmates on our WhatsApp Groups exclusive for the course students. To join the official WhatsApp group, log in to your course on https://ilm.albalaghacademy.org/  and access the "Join Official WhatsApp Group'' tab. Go to Start → Sessions → Welcome Aboard: Course Introduction → Join Official WhatsApp Group 

Joining the group will allow you to connect with fellow course students for discussions and updates.

What is the process for reaching out to the instructor?

For inquiries about instructor contact information, please reach out to the course administrator directly. Instructor details will be shared only with their explicit consent. However, participants are encouraged to connect through group discussions.

( Please note, they often have demanding schedules and may not always be able to address individual queries. We encourage you to attend live sessions and utilize the Q&A period for questions. For queries post-lecture, feel free to contact our administrators, and we will do our best to assist. Responses from instructors will depend on their availability. Thank you for your understanding.)

When will the final exam be held?

The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course (approximately one month after the final live lecture of the course) and will be a Graded And Timed Exam.

How long will I have access to the online course?

The duration of access to paid online courses varies depending on the program length:

  • Courses lasting 4/6 months (12/16 sessions): 1 year access
  • Courses lasting 9-12 months (24-30 sessions): 2 year access

Please note that these durations apply specifically to our paid courses.

I am facing trouble signing into the “ILM” Online Student portal. What should I do?

In case you find any trouble accessing your account, then please contact us immediately via  email: [email protected] or by phone: +447946835578 . Our dedicated support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest. The time taken to resolve issues depends on the team's availability and working hours. We guarantee prompt resolution of your queries. Please be aware that it typically takes around 24 hours to resolve any technical issues.

How can I apply for the Al Balagh Scholarship?

Al Balagh Academy values seekers of knowledge more than anything. Please visit  here to apply for a scholarship. Our team will assess your application and respond in 2 - 3 working days.

What is the course grading policy?

Our course grading policy is designed to ensure a comprehensive understanding and mastery of the subject matter. To successfully pass, students are required to achieve a minimum grade of 40% across all courses. Here's how your performance will be evaluated:

  • Weekly Assessment Exams (60% of total points): Throughout the course, you will encounter approximately 5-6  online objective assessments aimed at testing your understanding and honing your skills. These weekly checkpoints are pivotal in tracking your progress and ensuring you're on the right path.
  • Course Final Exam (40% of total points): The culmination of your learning journey is marked by the course final exam. This decisive assessment evaluates your grasp of the entire course content.
  • Achieving a score of 40% or above is essential to pass the course. This balanced approach between regular assessments and a comprehensive final exam ensures that you not only retain information but also apply your knowledge effectively.
When do I receive the course certificate?
Following successful course completion, you will be eligible to receive your digital certificate of achievement. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
Completion of All Course Modules: Full engagement with all designated course materials, including readings, assignments, and assessments, is mandatory.

Attainment of the Minimum Passing Threshold: A minimum grade of 40% is required to qualify for the certificate of achievement.

Who do I contact if I still have doubts related to my courses?

If you have questions or need assistance during your journey, our dedicated support team is here for you. Your success is our priority. Please be patient as our team works round the clock to provide support.

📞 Admissions Team( Payment, Scholarships, Enrollment, or information about New Courses):

🚀 Short-Term Course Support (Assessment, Course-related, or IT-Technical issues):

Concerned about Flexibility?

We provide a 100% Money Back Guarantee for the First 4 Weeks. Join us today for a secure and enriching experience in Islamic learning!
You can review our Refund policy HERE!

Is there a mobile app for accessing my courses?

Maximize your learning flexibility with our newly updated mobile app! Enjoy seamless access to your courses anytime, anywhere. Click on the links below to download the app tailored to your device:

Dive into a world of convenient and accessible learning today!

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