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Comparative Religions & Civilisation

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Objectives:

In Comparative Religions and Civilisation, we teach students English
Language to the extent that they can read and refer academic books and
journals and utilise them in their research. Basic communicative skills in
English are also nurtured. Students are given extensive lectures on
histories, texts, beliefs and contributions of various religions (like
Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism,
Sikhism and Islam). They are also taught Social Sciences with an
emphasis on Political Science, History and Economics so that they can
develop a better understanding of modern episteme of knowledge and
critically engage with the same in accordance with the Islamic values.

Syllabus

Language
Foundations of Linguistics – Concept of languages: Origin & Families;
Linguistic changes and reconstruction; Language in spoken and written
modes; writing system; structure of language (Phonological,
Morphological, Syntactic, Semantic); Relevance of linguistics to other
fields of knowledge; History and evolution of Urdu/Hindi.
English – Basic Phonetics; Basic Grammar; Text and Comprehension;
Etymology and Vocabulary; Writing Skills; Reading skills; Spoken skills.
Comparative religion
Hinduism – Introduction; History; Fundamental Concepts; Religious
Literatures; Philosophical Schools; Culture and Festivals; Hinduism in
Modern World; Philosophers and Reformers; Hindu-Muslim relations;
Colonialism: The emergence of communal violence; Rise and
development of Hindutva.
Buddhism – Introduction; History; Buddha: times and mission;
Fundamental Concepts; Literature; Sects; Ambedkar’s contribution; Spread
and decline of Buddhism; Relations with Hinduism, Jainism and Islam;
Modern challenges.
Jainism – Introduction; History; Mahavir: times and mission; Fundamental
Concepts; Sources; Literature and Practices; Sects; Revivalism; Jain Monasticism;
Relations with Budhhism and Islam; Fine Arts; Modern challenges.
Sikhism – Introduction; History; Fundamental Concepts; Sikh culture and
tradition; Sects; Relations with Sufism, Hinduism, Islam; Modern Challenges.
Judaism – Introduction; History; Scripture and Interpretations; Culture;
Zionism, anti-Semitism, and Holocaust; State of Israel; Sects; Jewish
jurisprudence; Relations with Christianity and Islam; Modern Challenges.

Christianity – Introduction; History; Scripture: Compilation controversies
and Interpretations; Theology, Ethics and Sectarian Schisms; Fundamental
Concepts; Church; Christianity and Colonialism; Secularization of European
society; Relations with Judaism and Islam; Modern Challenges.
Zoroastrianism – Introduction; History; Zoroaster: time and mission;
Scriptures; Fundamental teachings; Relations with Islam; Eschatology;
influence on other traditions; Religious and social reforms; Modern
Challenges.
Social Sciences
Foundations of Social Sciences – Subject matter of social science;
Development of social science; Difference between principles of western
and Islamic social sciences; Conceptual independence.
Political Science – Discipline of Political Science; Core Political Concepts;
Methods of governance; Modern Ideologies; Political Thinkers; Selected
Issues.
History – Discipline of History; Philosophy of History; Selected Periods from
world history; Selected periods from Indian history; Selected periods from
Muslim history; Important World Revolutions; and Historical Controversies.
Economics – Discipline of Economics; Microeconomic Theories;
Macroeconomics; Islamic Economics; History of Islamic Financial
Institutions; Islamic Modes of Finances.
Making sense of Sociology – Introduction; Family; Class; Tribe; Auguste
Comte; Emile Durkheim; Karl Marx; Shah Waliullah; Ibn Khaldun.
Making sense of Philosophy – Introduction; Argument; Basic Principles of
Greek, Arab and Chinese Philosophy; Truth; Justice; God, religion and
suffering; Euthanasia; Black and white thinking and grey-area; Islamophobia.
General Studies – Islam and Science, global Islamic movements, Indian
Constitution, understanding Civilization and its dynamics.

Eligibility:

Those students can apply for this course who

  •  have completed Alimiyat from Madrasa.
  • can read and write in Urdu, Hindi (or any regional language), and Arabic.
  •  have an excellent academic record.
  • Dr. Muhiuddin Ghazi completed his Alimiyat from Jamiatul Falah (UP); pursued higher studies at Darul Uloom Deoband and Jamia Islamia (Madeena); completed his PhD from Lucknow University. He is associated with various international academic and jurisprudential initiatives.

  • Mufti Sabahuddin Malik has completed his fazeelat from Jamiatul Falah and from Darul Uloom Deoband. He has completed MA in Arabic from Aligarh Muslim University and has specialised in Ifta wal Qaza from Imarat e Sharia (Bihar).

  • S. Ameenul Hasan has done his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from Islamia Institute of Technology (Bangalore) and Masters in Psychology from Madras University (Chennai). His areas of special interest are Quran, human psychology, NLP and personality development etc. He is widely acclaimed as a motivational speaker. Currently he is serving as Vice President of Jamaat….

  • Maulana Farooq Khan has done his Masters in Hindi. He also learnt Arabic and Persian. Besides teaching, he has authored and translated many works. His translation of the meaning of Quran in Hindi and compilation of Hadith (i.e. Kalam e Nubuwwat) has resonated well with readers. Quran and Comparative Religion are his special areas of….

  • Maulana Syed Jalaluddeen Umri has completed his Alimiyat from Jamia Darussalam (Oomerabad). Besides he also studied Persian and English from Madras University and Aligarh Muslim University. He has authored more than 50 works on diferent Islamic themes. Besides, he has also served as Ameer e Jamaat e Islami Hind for three consecutive terms and as….

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