Main course Teacher
[Quran Study Group]
Hafiz Abdullah Muhammad studied in an Islamic School and also memorized the Quran by heart at the age of 19. He has an MA in Islamic Studies (Distinction) from SOAS and also recently completed an intensive post-graduate course at the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Egypt. He is a qualified teacher of Religious Education and a Lawyer specializing in Employment law. He has done extensive researches on the Quran, published over a dozen articles and is the author of “The Best of Times in Islam” (IPCI, 2002). He spends most of his spare time delivering various Quran courses for the Quran Study Group and various course providers. This Ramadan’s Qur’an Course is his 7th consecutive ‘Journey Through the Quran’ Course.
Special guest Speakers:
Dr. Shuruq Naguib is a lecturer in Islam at University of Lancaster, UK. She received her PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Manchester, Department of Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Naguib’s research covers two key strands: the classical and pre-modern intellectual and textual traditions, particularly Qur’an hermeneutics and ritual law; and Muslim responses to modernity, with a focus on how twentieth century and contemporary Muslim women scholars read the tradition to intellectually and socially develop their religious authority as knowers of the tradition.She has written on ritual purity, metaphor in post-classical Qur’an interpretation and Arabic rhetoric, feminist hermeneutics of the Qur’an, and contemporary female exegetes and jurists in Islam. She is also involved in supporting Islamic studies in the UK through my work with HEFCE’s Islamic Studies Network until 2012, and currently through my capacity as interim Co-chair of the British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS). Publications and research interests continue to focus upon: Classical Exegesis of the Qur’an (Intertextuality and Hermeneutics); The Representation of Women in the Qur’an and Exegesis; Ritual ethics in Islam, Gender in Islamic thought; Contemporary Women Interpreters of the Qur’an (Muslim Feminism); Dis/continuities between traditional and contemporary Islamic thought; Bint al-Shati': the first Sunni woman exegete and hermeneutician.
[Cambridge Muslim College – CMC]
Dr Ramon Ibrahim Harvey studies the Islamic scriptural sources and classical disciplines with a focus on Qur’anic interpretation and the sharī’ah. He received his MA and then PhD in Islamic Studies under Professor Mohammed Abdel Haleem of SOAS, University of London, completing a thesis on ‘Societal Justice in the Qur’an’. Alongside his academic training, he has spent a number of years studying with traditionally trained Islamic scholars in the UK and has attended an intensive programme at Al-Azhar in Cairo such as Shaykh Akram Nadwi, Shaykh Samir al-Nass, Shaykh Atabek Shukurov An-Nasafi and others. He has previously worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS lecturing in Qur’an and Hadith, as well as writing biographical entries of early Islamic figures for a forthcoming collection. Currently he is a Research fellow at the Cambridge Muslim College (CMC), where he is working on revising his thesis into a monograph to be published by Edinburgh University Press and continuing his research in Qur’anic studies, early Islamic legal theory and Māturīdī theology and teaching a module of ‘Ulum al-Qur’an at the Al-Salam Institute, London.
World-renown Quran expert, Professor Abdel-Haleem was born in Sharqiyya, Egypt and is a Hafiz of the Qur’an. Preliminary education and training at al-Azhar and later at Cairo University and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has been teaching Arabic at Cambridge and London universities since 1966, including courses in advanced translation and the Qur’an. He one of the leading experts in the study of the Qur’an and some of his publications include, “Understanding the Qur’an: A Study of Themes and Style”, “Keys to Qur’anic Exegesis”, “Grammatical Shift for Rhetorical Purposes: Iltifât and Related Features in the Qur’an”, “Qur’anic Orthography”, and “English Translations of the Qur’an: The Making of an Image”. For more information about his work please click here.
Shaykh Atabek Shukurov Nasafi began his religious studies in his native Uzbekistan at the tender age of ten under local scholars such as Shaykh Sayyid Karim Namangany and Sheikh Muhammad Jaan, under whose guidance he began to memorise the Qur’an. He completed his studies at the age of 21 in various subjects, including Arabic Language, Tajwid, Hadith, Fiqh and Tafsir at Madrasa Abul Qasim and Jamia Islamia in Samarqand. In 1998 he moved to Damascus (Syria) for higher studies where he enrolled on a 4 year al-Ijaza al-Alimiyya programme at the Takhassus Institute which is affiliated to al-Azhar University, Egypt. Whilst continuing his studies at the institute he also focused on intensive private lessons with Shaykh Muhammad Adnan Darwish and covered Fath Bab al-‘Inaya and the Muwatta’ of Imam Malik. He has also studied Shudhur al-Dhahab, Sharh Qatr an-Nada, Tuhfat al-Murid and Mukhtasar Sahih al-Bukhari with Shaykh Rushdi al-Qalam. He graduated in 2003 having spent the final year at al-Azhar and was given certification by the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. He has a keen interest in the ‘Lost Sciences and Spirituality’ and writing commentaries on classical texts.Currently he teaches the advanced Alimiyya programme at the Avicenna Academy based in Sheffield but travels across the country delivering lectures and seminars and dealing with general pastoral duties and is a regular contributor to the ‘Q & A’ program on the satellite TV channel – Ummah Channel.
Shaykh Dr Muhammad Akram Nadwi studied and taught Shari’a at the Nadwatul ‘Ulama (India). A Muhaddith specialising in ‘Ilm al-Rijal (the study of the narrators of Hadith), Shaykh Akram has ijaza (licenses) from various mashayakh, including Abul Hasan Ali Al-Nadwi, Abdul-Fattah Abu Ghuddah and Yusuf al-Qaradawi. He has authored and translated many titles on Fiqh, Qur’an and Hadith including his monumental 40 volume work on Al-Muhaddithaat – The Lives of Female Scholars of Hadith. Shaykh Akram is a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University.
Translator, The Noble Qur’an
Shaykh Abdalhaqq Bewley is the translator of ‘The Noble Qur’an – A New Rendering of its Meaning in English’. This he did, together with his wife Aisha Bewley who are reknowned for the translation of Muwatta Imam Malik, Shifa of Qadi Iyad, Tafsir Al-Jalalayn and Tafsir Al-Qurtubi into English.
Translator, The Noble Qur’an
Shaykha Aisha Abdurrahman Bewley is one today’s most prolific translators of classical Arabic works into English. Aisha Bewley not only understands Arabic but is also aware of the significance and context of the teachings and history of Islam. Her knowledge is born of experience and direct transmission, not merely academic theory and learning by rote. For more than twenty-five years she has been concerned with making the contents of many classical works in Arabic more accessible to English-speaking readers for the first time, including Al-Muwatta’ of Imam Malik and Ash-Shifá of Qádi ‘Iyad.