ISL561 Arabic in Hadith Study (Prophetic Narrations) (8)


This subject will introduce students to primary texts of hadith collections and their commentaries written in Classical Arabic. Students will study hadith works from the cannonical collections of hadith and their famous commentaries in their original Arabic.

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Session 3
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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Prerequisite(s)Related subject(s)
ISL466ISL530 Similar subject in different languages

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply their developed proficiency in Classical Arabic to the reading, explaining and interpreting of hadith literature
  • be able to discuss critically in Classical Arabic the well known hadiths
  • be able to demonstrate in Classical Arabic familiarity with the terminology and style in hadith literature
  • be able to demonstrate in Classical Arabic a critical understanding of the structure and category system of the major hadith collections
  • 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:
  • Selected Hadith from Bukhari Collection in original Arabic
  • Selected Hadith from Muslim Collection in original Arabic
  • Selected Hadith from Abu Dawud Collection in original Arabic
  • Selected Hadith from Tirmidhi Collection in original Arabic
  • Selected Hadith from Al-Nawawi's Riyad al Salihin in original Arabic

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.