ISL560 Arabic in Exegesis of the Qur'an (8)


This subject will introduce students to primary sources of exegetical works written in Classical Arabic. Students will study exegetical works of classical scholars Ibn Kathir (d. 1373), Jalal al-Din Mahalli (d.1459) and Jalal al-Din Suyuti (d. 1505) in their original Arabic.

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Session 2
DistanceUnited Theological College
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL560
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLCentre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Enrolment restrictions

Prerequisite(s)Related subject(s)
ISL464ISL530 Similar Subject different languages

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply proficiency of Classical Arabic in the reading, explaining and interpreting Exegetical literature
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with the terminology and style of exegetical works in Arabic
  • be able to demonstrate ability to study exegetical works in Classical Arabic
  • be able to complete independent research organisation, Arabic written and oral communication skills through the presentation of substantial work


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Revision of 'Ilm at-Tafsir (Science of Qur'anic exegesis) in Arabic
  • Selected chapters from Tafsir riwayah (narration exegesis) by Ibn Kathir in Arabic
  • Selected chapters from The classical tafsir al Jalalayn

Residential School

This subject contains a optional 2 day residential school. The purpose of the optional residential school is to provide an opportunity for exploration of the overall coursework covered. In addition to content review, this part of the course aims to facilitate an interactive session between the teaching academics and students.
Face to face teaching is an important part of learning a language. Students will be involved in small group exercises, discussions, visual presentation and one-on-one sessions with the subject coordinator, lecturers and tutors. This will enable the students and teaching staff to address any issues that may arise. Material and summary content covered in this session will be a valuable contribution towards the major assessment tasks.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.