Islam and Politics – Level 1

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Islam and Politics – Level 1

About the Course

“The Global Politics of Islam” is a unique course, developed to deliver solid and sophisticated grounding in understanding the systemic analysis of the correlation between Islam and politics. It covers key aspects, arguments, issues, debates of historical and contemporary political scenarios concerning the amalgamation and conjecture of Islam and politics. It enumerates the different ways in which Islam influences democratisation and global politics today.

Course Team

Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

(Founder, Darul Qasim, USA)

Shaykh Hamza Wald Maqbool

(HFSAA Shariah Advisor, USA)

Mufti Abdur Rahman Mangera

(Whitethread Institute, London, UK)

Ustadh Abdullah Al-Andalusi

(International Muslim Thinker, Speaker and Debater, London, UK)

Professor Ovamir G.Anjum

(Professor, University of Toledo, USA)

Shaykh Mahmood Asad Madani

(Jamiat Ulama-i-hind,India)

AT A GLANCE

Completely online

6 MONTHS

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Starts on January 17, 2021

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Pay in Full: £99.99 £49.99

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January 15, 2021

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Course Team

Professor Ovamir G.Anjum

(Professor, University of Toledo, USA)

Shaykh Hamza Wald Maqbool

(HFSAA Shariah Advisor, USA)

Ustadh Abdullah Al-Andalusi

(International Muslim Thinker, Speaker and Debater, London, UK)

Mufti Abdur Rahman Mangera

(Whitethread Institute, London, UK)

Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

(Founder, Darul Qasim, USA)

Shaykh Mahmood Asad Madani

(Jamiat Ulama-i-hind,India)

Main Modules 

1. Islam and Politics – Introduction

 

  • The relation between Islam and politics
  • The place of politics in Islam
  • The Islamic concept of government
  • The foundation of the Islamic concept
  • Sovereignty belongs to Allah
  • The meaning of Khilāfah
  • The objectives of Islamic government

2. Khulafa Rashideen (Caliphate of the Rightly Guided) – Khilafah (Theory and Practice)

 

  • Caliphate of Abu Bakr
  • Caliphate of Umar Ibn al-Khattab
  • Caliphate of Uthman Ibn Affan
  • Caliphate of Ali bin Abi Talib
  • The selection process
  • The role of majlis shura
  • Disputes
  • Rights and Duties
  • Administration

3. The Emergence of Kingdom

 

  • The Ummayyads
  • Iman Al Hasan and Amir Mu’awiyah
  • Amir Mu’awiyah’s caliphate
  • “The killing of Shura”
  • Imam Al- Hussain and the Iraqis, the tragedy of Karbala’
  • Ibn Al-Zubayr and Al-Hajjaj
  • The end of the Rightly Guided Caliphate
  • The emergence of Al-Khawarij (The Kharijites)
  • The emergence of Al-Shi’ah (The Shi’ites)

4. Islamic Political Thoughts -Classical Perspective

 

  • Defining Islamic political thoughts
  • Historical political experience of the Muslims?
  • Classical political theorists
  • Al-Mawardi (d. 450/1058) – Al-Ahkam Al-Sultaniyah
  • Ibn Taymiyah (661/1263-728/1328) – Al-Siyasah al-Shar’iyah
  • Al-Shatibi’s (d. 790/1388) – Al-Muwafaqat Ibn Khaldun’s (732/1332-808/1406) -Al-Muqaddimah
  • Al Ghazali and his views

5. Muslim Empires, Muslim Politics and Colonialism

 

  • The Umayyad Empire
  • The Abbasid Empire
  • The Mughal Empire
  • The Ottomans Empire
  • Islamic civilisation -An Overview
  • The decline of the Islamic civilisation and the rise of European civilisation
  • From commerce to colonialism
  • Empires and colonial powers

6. Islamic Political Thoughts -Contemporary Approach (1)

 

  • 18th and 19th Century Scholars – Political Views
  • Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703-1791)
  • Shah Wali Allah al-Dahlawi (1703-1762)
  • Uthman bin Fudi (Usuman dan Fodio) (1754-1817)
  • Sayyid Ahmad Barelwi (Shahid) (1786-183)
  • Muhammad ibn Ali Al-Sanusi (1787-1859)
  • The Sanusiyah Movement
  • Muhammad Ahmad Al-Mahdi (1844-1885)
  • The Mahdiyyah Movement

7. Islamic Political Thoughts -Contemporary Approach (2)

 

  • East-West Rendezvous
    • Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1812)
    • Muhammad Ali Pasha (1769-1849)
    • Uprooting the Wahhabis (1811-1819)
    • Failed Industrialisation
    • Era of Secularisation
  • Key Challenges
    • Decline and Backwardness
    • Colonial Onslaught
    • Admiration of (or Infatuation with) Europe
  • Key Figures
    • Jamal al-Din al-Afghani (1838-1897)
    • Muhammad ‘Abduh (1849-1905)
    • Shaikhul Hind Mahmoodul Hasan Deobandi ( 1851-1920)
    • Rashid Rida (1865-1935)
    • Sayyid Abu Al-A’la Maududi (1903-1979)
    • Hasan al-Banna (1906-1949)
    • Malik Bennabi (1905-1973)
    • Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966)
    • Taqi al-Din al-Nabhani ( 1914 – 1977)
    • Shabbir Ahmad Usmani (1887-1949)

8. Islamism From Wahhabi ‘Fundamentalism’ and Salafist ‘Revivalism’ – Understanding Key Streams and Movements

 

  • “Fundamentalism” and “The Islamists”?
  • “Radicalism” and “extremism”: The difference.
  • “Islamism” and “political Islam” : How to differentiate?
  • Ideological Foundations of Islamism Wahhabi ‘
  • “Fundamentalism” and Salafist “Revivalism”
  • Islamic revivalism: is it an ideology, class politics or identity politics?
  • Islamism and social movement theory ?
  • Wahhabism influence and the political Islam
  • Wahhabism and Salafism – What is the difference?
  • What founding axioms were carried on from Salafism to Islamism?
  • What “family resemblance” does radical Islamism have with European totalitarianism?

9. Islamism, Radicalism & Moderation : Qutb, Mawdudi, Mahmoodul Hasan Deobandi, Shabbir Ahmad Usmani

  • Sayyid Qutb, Hassan al-Banna, and the Muslim Brotherhood
  • Mahmoodul Hasan Deobandi, Husain Ahmad Madani & Jamiatul Ulama
  • Sayyid Abu Al-A’la Mawdudi and Jamat Islami – Different Versions
  • Shabbir Ahmad Usmani’ and Mufti Taqi Usmani’s approaches
  • Yusuf Al Qardhawi and the Arab Politics

10. Islamization, Democratization or Synthetization? Questions of Compatibility

  • Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights
  • Defining democracy
  • An American concept of democracy
  • Modern democracy – key characteristics
  • Democratic procedures
  • Democratization versus Liberalization
  • Islamic perspectives on Democracy
  • In which ways is Islam compatible with democracy?
  • Do Muslims desire democracy?
  • Is a religious democracy conceivable

 

11. Islam and Secularism in the 21st century

  • Islam and Secularism
  • Islam and Secularism in the Middle East
  • Colonial package (Modernity, Westernisation and Modernisation)
  • Secularism from the Western perspective – Marginalizing Religion
  • The relationship between religion and the state
  • Secularism from the Muslim world perspective – Marginalizing Islam
  • Europe’s evolution and the Christian reform movement
  • The Origin of Secularism in Muslim Lands and Ataturk Model
  • The rise of secularism in the Muslim world
  • Arab Secularism- An Overview
  • Islamic Critique

12. Religious Authority ( Ulama) and Islamic Politics?

  • Effect  of a hierarchically organised clergy on Islam’s political institutions?
  • The role of the ‘Ulama during and after the colonial period?
  • How does modern technologies undermine the religious authority of the ‘Ulama?
  • Why have the ‘Ulama been side-lined in contemporary movements of Political Islam and Liberal reformers?
  • How has the falling fortunes of the Ulama been linked with the status of the Sharia as a source of state law?

13. Managing Islam: Religion -Politics of Contemporary “Muslim States”

  • Muslim Countries : Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey 
  • What is meant by an Islamic constitution?
  • The clauses of the Constitution(Basic principles of an Islamic State)
  • Are constitutional provisions sufficient to make a country “Islamic”?
  • In which sense is Pakistan an “Islamic Republic?”
  • How, and why, does the Iranian model differ from the Pakistani?
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reconciled monarchy with Islamic rule?
  • Political Islam in Turkey. Is AKP a model for emulation elsewhere?
  • Ayatollah Khomeini and his Velayet-I Faqih doctrine of government?
  • How does Islam influence foreign policy?
  • Meaningful distinction between Islam as a policy rationale and Islam as a political discourse?

14. Defining Jihad & Deconstructing Terrorism in the Name of Jihad: Hijacking Islam

  • Defining Jihad and its Different Types
  • Legitimate warfare in Islam: The origin, the rules & the conditions
  • Is Terrorism Jihad?
  • Legal Definition of Terrorism
  • Transnational Terror in the Name of the Umma
  • Global militant organisations: hijacking Islam
  • Does the term “jihadism” signify a  particular stream of Islamism?
  • What is the relationship between transnational militant actors and state actors?
  • Jihad Versus Terrorism
  • The role of Ulama and Islamic organisations against terrorism(The fatwa against terrorism)

15. Islamic Code of Ethics for Muslim Politicians

  • Ethics of Power – Nasihat Al-Muluk
  • Islamic code of ethics for election process
  • Islamic code of ethics for politicians
  • Islamic code of ethics for rulers and kings
  • Muslim Minorities and Non-Muslim Countries ?
  • Key Issues and Challenges
  • Participating in politics in the West?

Course Overview

Islam and its role in politics is a heavily debated topic. Islam and Politics is a unique, comprehensive online course that imparts a fundamental understanding of the development in role of Islam in plethora of different political, social, economic and ideational settings across the breadth of the Muslim nations and Muslim governances. It provides a comparative analysis of varied manifestations of Islamist politics, trends in Islam as a significant force, and ideas in classical and contemporary Islamic political thought. It devises a critical approach to the study of Islamic politics and helps learners evaluate the ideas, beliefs, perceptions and convictions of both Muslim and non-Muslim political thinkers. It includes a briefing from thought-leaders on the relationship between Islam and politics to facilitate a thorough understanding of proposed theories, assumptions, and controversial and challenging contemporary issues.

The course unveils a set of interlocking theories, assumptions and paradoxes integral to understanding Islamist political dynamism. It provides students with a clear understanding of the critique of western and non-western governances in relationship with the challenge of political Islam.

 

Course Format

This unique course covers varied aspects of Islam and Politics. It is a Level 1 course, and the higher levels are in-progress for advanced students. There will be three levels, each consisting of a total of 10 to 20 sessions. This Level 1 course will, Insha Allah, be completed in 6 months. This course consists of 15 to 16 live online interactive sessions, pre-recorded videos, online course material and engaging learning activities including online assessments and practical assignments. It is an online, part-time course that offers flexibility to study while maintaining work and personal commitments. It comprises the following components:
Live Online Sessions:
There will be 10 to 12 live online lectures which will be delivered on weekends. Each session will be 90-120 minutes long. The instructors will deliver online interactive lectures on the subject. Students are encouraged to discuss cases, ask questions and raise important points for feedback during online sessions. Discussions are a key component of the learning process, and the more you can engage with the instructor, the more productive and enjoyable your learning will become. In case you miss the live session, you can still learn by watching the recordings via your personalised “myAlbalagh” account at your convenience. The video recordings will be uploaded on ‘My AlBalagh’ within 48 to 72 hours after the live session.
Online Course Material:
This course material includes articles, cases, scenarios with questions and pre-recorded videos. You can review, print, read the course material during the course and use the discussion board to ask questions related to the course content. The course material will be released on “myAlbalagh”, and every student will get 24/7 access to it. You can get access to online learning portal from desktop, laptops and even mobile devices. You can also download our mobile app, which is compatible with android and IOS devices, to get access to the course material from anywhere, anytime.
Online Learning Activities:
Online activities include optional assessments, practical assignments and some question exercise to help you revise, reflect and gain a clear understanding of the subject. Successful completion of online assessments will gain you an achievement certificate.
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Learning Objectives

The aim of this course is:

  • To delve into renewed analysis and fundamental understanding of Islam and politics. With past, current and feasible future of Islamic politics, Islamism and politics based on classical and modern literature available on Islam and politics, adhering to the divine and immutable nominatives system (Shari`a), the Qur’an and Sunnah (traditions of the Prophet) and Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh).
  • To discuss, analyse and decode political discourses, movements, ideologies, views, assumptions, conceptions as put forward by the prominent, classical and contemporary Islamist leaders, political activists, Islamism scholars, liberals, and socialists.
  • To critically evaluate controversies, issues about political Islam, western imperialism, authoritarian regimes, malleable, cultural conservatism, and democratic political system.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand and analyse the key evolutionary, classical and contemporary concepts, conflicts, discourses, arguments, issues, scenarios concerning Islam and politics.
  • Identify, explore, and evaluate the cultural, intellectual, philosophical traces, traits of Islamic thought, political movements, doctrine and the influence of Islam upon politics, particularly upon the of Muslim nations or governance.
  • Gain knowledge of the theoretical, practical and methodological approaches, and critically examine the interplay or juxtaposition of Islamic culture, tradition and contemporary global politics.
  • Develop feasible solutions for numerous global political challenges which are currently confronting the Muslim nations and societies, comprising democracy, freedom, political rights, equality, social justice, and civil rights.
  • Critically analyse the varied manifestations of the Islamist radicalism, ideological tenets, and the conceptual forces of Islamic reformism, socialism, revisionism, progressivism and the ways to root out problems which impede and spread the implementation of the Islamic governance as a major force in politics.
  • Deconstruct and demystify false westernised portrayal of Islamist political governance, fundamentalism, Islamic authoritarianism, fascism and thus, reviving the spirit of Islam in social and political rulings, and propagating Islam as ideology in legitimate political regimes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
Is it mandatory to attend live sessions?
We always encourage attending live sessions among students, but it is by no means compulsory for technical course progress of the students.
I have doubts but I cannot attend the live session. Any other way to ask my questions?
You can access the Discussion board on myAlbalagh or discuss via Course WhatsApp Group dedicated for student discussion. It is a platform for you to ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared. Our support staff will mediate your queries back and forth to the course instructors.
When will the final exam be held?
The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a graded and timed exam.

 

 

Will I get notification for live sessions?
All students will receive notification for their course live sessions via email and/or course WhatsApp group. You may also check the Course Schedule tab on your dashboard after logging in on our website or Mobile App.
Can I download the recordings and watch it offline?
You can download recordings and PPT of the course sessions from the MyAlBalagh mobile App for all the enrolled courses.The recordings will be available for students after 48 hours of the live session.
Do I get marks for watching course recordings and presentations?
There are no additional marks for watching the course recordings. Only the module Assessments and the final exam add up to the final score.You can check the individual scores of your Assessments under the Progress tab of MyAlBalagh.
I missed a live session. Can I get the video recordings?
If you are unable to attend a live session or have missed it, you can view recorded sessions on your course dashboard. You can access all the completed Recordings, PPT and assessments anytime.

 

 

How do I interact with my classmates?
You can use the Discussion Board to connect with other course students as well. Furthermore, you can interact with your classmates on our Whatsapp Group exclusive for the course students.
How long will I have access to the online course?
You will have access to the online course content for up to 2 years. If you want lifetime access, contact our admin team via Email at [email protected]
I am facing trouble signing into my private member portal. What should I do?
In case you find any trouble accessing your account, then please contact us immediately. Our student support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest.

 

 

Does Al Balagh Academy issue certificates?
Yes. Al Balagh is a UK based NGO Academy issuing our Academy certificates for all our courses, with an exception of a few university accredited courses.

 

 

When will the final exam be held?
The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a graded and timed exam.

 

 

What is the eligibility criteria for Scholarship?
Please visit our scholarship page for more details. (Hyperlink AlBalagh Scholarship page)

If you are still facing issues, kindly contact our helpdesk team at [email protected]
Download MyAlBalagh mobile app from Playstore or Appstore to play or download (for offline viewing) all the completed recordings and PPT.

 

When will I have access to the online course material?
Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to myAlbalagh (our online learning portal) within 24 hours.

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