Our programme of non-credit bearing short courses in Arabic and Islamic Studies aims to take you on a journey through Asia and the Middle East to give you an insight into Islam and the Muslim world. We offer courses in a range of different areas – from Arabic language to an exploration of women’s rights in Islam; from the fascinating history of Islam to the study of religious texts. You will be given the opportunity to challenge the misconceptions held about Islam including terrorism, fundamentalism and the oppression of women.
Who are these courses for?
These courses are for anyone with an interest in learning more about Islam and/or Arabic. They provide an opportunity to study various aspects of Islam and the Muslim world in an academic environment from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Our short courses programme also provides a foundation in the Arabic language.
What can I study?
We have a number of free taster sessions scheduled for May 2013 at a number of community learning venues across West Yorkshire. No prior knowledge is required and you don’t need to register in advance – just come along to the sessions that interest you.
- The History of Islamic Spain, 9.30am-11.30am on Tuesday 14th May at Manningham Library, Bradford
- The History of Islamic Spain, 10.00am-12.00pm on Wednesday 15th May at the Brudenell Centre, Leeds
- The Position of Women in Islam, 6.00-8.00pm on Thursday 16th May at the Al-Hikmah Centre, Batley
- Sufism: Introduction to the Mystic Tradition in Islam, 9.30-11.30am on Tuesday 21st May at Manningham Library, Bradford
- The Revelation of the Qur’an, 10.00am-12.00pm on Wednesday 22nd May at the Brudenell Centre, Leeds
- The History of Islamic Spain, 6.00-8.00pm on Thursday 23rd May at the Al-Hikmah Centre, Batley
- The Revelation of the Qur’an, 10.00am-12.00pm on Tuesday 28th May at Manningham Library, Bradford
- Sufism: Introduction to the Mystic Tradition in Islam, 10.00am-12.00pm on Wednesday 29th May at the Brudenell Centre, Leeds
- The Revelation of the Qur’an, 6.00-8.00pm on Thursday 30th May at the Al-Hikmah Centre, Batley
I still have some questions – who can I speak to?
Please contact Greg Elliott from our Arabic and Islamic Studies Programme Team on 0113 343 1770.
What our students say
These courses have helped me develop a much better understanding of the Islamic faith and cultures. It has been great having discussions and debates with people from different communities.
I had no idea that there were so many different aspects to Islam, this programme has broadened my knowledge exploring different sects and interpretations of religious texts, finding out about its rich history and studying the language.