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The Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies
“Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.” Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

The MFAS Baccalauréat (Bacc.MFAS) is a formal course of continuing education for post-16 year olds, which covers the essential elements of the MFAS "General Muslim Studies" and "Civilisation and Society" Programmes. Studying for the Baccalauréat serves as the foundation level point of entry to MFAS membership as a Registered Student. It is designed to take 37 weeks in total, spread over a lunar calendar year (Shawwal 1436 - Sha'ban 1437), which is divided into five terms as follows: three eight week terms of twice weekly evening classes for the teaching of the syllabus; an independent study term of two months for the completion of written assignments; followed by five weekly tutorial sessions for the final assessment of the written papers required for achievement of the Baccalauréat. Apart from the two opening units: 1.The Grammatical Sentence (English) and 2. Arabic Vocabulary and Lexical Morphology, first, presenting an overview of the language in general and its morphology in particular, then acquiring vocabulary using a standard khutbah's preamble, conclusion and du'as, and the last Hizb of Qur'an, proceeding from the Fatihah and the short surahs at the rear of the Qur'an and making use of the tafsir of Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi, each unit of the syllabus consists of two elements:

a) Classroom study; two formal lectures based upon related papers selected from the given MFAS module.

b) Recommended further reading; any additional papers, articles or materials as specified.

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2016-2017 Academic year

The Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies

The Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies is an academic fellowship organisation that is actively engaged in teaching and research predicated upon the essential advances to be gained from a combination of the western intellectual tradition with the most penetrating of contemporary Muslim scholarship. We currently prioritise research into the historical roots of the modern world's systemic social and economic dysfunctions, with a view to making significant contributions to the processes of planning and political analysis that necessarily underpin the strategic implementation of the expert policies vital to the attainment of civic recovery.

We currently prioritise research into the historical roots of the modern world's systemic social and economic dysfunctions, with a view to making significant contributions to the processes of planning and political analysis that necessarily underpin the strategic implementation of the expert policies vital to the attainment of civic recovery.

The Faculty is committed to the delivery of tuition via traditional and online platforms; to the generation and distribution of related articles, papers and publications; and to the provision of access to specialist academic resources and other professional benefits available through our membership scheme. Our strategic priorities for the immediate future are directed towards expanding our network of contributing practitioners and laying the foundations that will ensure the long term viability of MFAS as a self-governing association of independent scholars, researchers, academics and trainees, with a well established reputation as a professional body, think-tank and leading voice of the Muslim intelligentsia. The Faculty's work is currently maintained by charitable donations, fee revenues, membership subscriptions and the indispensable assistance of professional volunteers and secondees.

MFAS – A Cautious Welcome

بسم اللَّه الرحمن الرحيم وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين وسلّم

Author: Uthman Ibrahim-Morrison,Warden

Publication date: 2/5/2015

Assalamu alaykum. Welcome to the Civilisation and Society Programme of the MFAS. This is the first of 12 lectures which make up the Question Concerning Education module. The lecture will last approximately 40 minutes during which time you should make a written note of any questions that may occur to you for clarification after the lecture. 

A Cautious Welcome to MFAS

Preamble

The  ancient roots of the august and venerable University of Cambridge, as is well known, lie in the English religious establishment, dedicated to the service of the Divine and the study of the Divinities. This is so clearly the case that historically, the university suffered an enormously negative impact from the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII and related political implications, which go some way to explaining the reorientation from its 'pre' - or early Renaissance character to its more recognisable post-Renaissance or Enlightenment emphasis on achieving excellence and prestige in utilitarian, scientific endeavours, humanistic intellectual studies and study of the liberal arts. I am surely not alone in my suspicion that the university's subsequent achievements would hardly have been possible without the original religious foundations which provided this proud institution with the ethical and disciplinary standards, practices and scholarly traditions in which its great reputation is rooted.

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Radicalisation - An Ideological Chimera

بسم اللَّه الرحمن الرحيم وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين وسلّم

Concise OED: Chimera or chimaera - 1 Greek Mythology a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. 2 Something hoped for but illusory or impossible to achieve.

Introduction

In addition to and in furtherance of the aims of the well-publicised open letter circulated and signed jointly by academics and other notable figures, warning against the government’s ill-advised and wrong-minded pursuit of its Prevent Strategy and the CTS legislation that supports it, it is the aim of this short paper to attempt to demonstrate, without prejudice, the obvious benefit to be derived from people being encouraged to explore the ‘roots (radices)’ of our ‘received’ thinking and to present radical explanations for the questions that concern us all – in this case we hope to emphasise the useful relevance of the insights to be gained from taking a radical approach to understanding the foundations of the government’s determination to ride roughshod into the very heart of traditional Muslim belief in search of the errant Islamic ideologies which must be lurking somewhere thereabouts, and to send their spies and informers into our very homes and mosques by all available means to seek out the purveyors and the victims of these evil heresies, be they real or imagined! Read More