The Life of the Prophet (Term 2)

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Course Description

The life of the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and grant him peace) is a cornerstone for the full understanding of Islam. Every other Islamic discipline serves to elucidate how the tradition (sunnah) of the Prophet was embodied in his noble life.

In the second term of our year-long course on studying the life of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace), we shall conclude the final years of the prophetic biography in Mecca followed by the informing events encountered in Medina. Particular attention will be given to those events that reflect how the standard of virtuous character was upheld in the face of adversity. Also, analysing how other Islamic disciplines draw on the life of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) to inform their bodies of knowledge. In doing so, students will develop a greater appreciation for Islam’s integrated scholarly tradition.

About the Instructor

Thaqib Mahmood

Sheikh Thaqib Mahmood is a traditionally-trained Muslim scholar and instructor in Arabic. He has studied the traditional Islamic disciplines in Yemen, Syria, the UK, Mauritania, and Turkey. He currently teaches Arabic at the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. He holds a PGDIP in Arabic teaching from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and is completing a Master's degree in linguistics at the same institution.