eMFAS Newsletter No. 10

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The Autumnal 2013 term is on it's way with two new courses: Early Madina and Society through Literature. The courses take place in Norwich and are recorded and posted on the Members’ Area of the website for registered students – book your place below!


The lecture on Tarbiya will discuss the original pattern of understanding, upbringing and cultivation of good character in Madinan society and how that developed in the first century of Islam.

The lecture will investigate the difference between such terms as tarbiya, ta’dib and ta‘lim and the relationship between them. The paper will begin by giving a brief overview of the history of education in the Muslim world and then go on to focus on the importance of the tarbiya brought by the Prophet Muhammad salla'llahu 'alayhi wa sallam.  

It will highlight how this edification gave the community of Madina the understanding, upbringing and character that today all Muslims aspire towards.  

When and Where?

2pm, Saturday 21st September – Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF.

ONLINE Tuesday 3rd September.

Dr. Amjad Hussain

Amjad Hussain is a Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies & Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.  Hussain has written widely on Islam and has published internationally in Britain, USA and Turkey. He has recently published the book entitled A Social History of Education in the Muslim World.

Early Madina Course

The course will cover the life of Madina in the first century with respect to its family and tribal life, its economy, markets, crafts and scholarship, and its politics, governance and other institutions. We will examine the transformation that took place in Madina as the locus of power shifted first to Kufa in Iraq and then to Damascus in Syria, and the role that Madina came to play in the Muslim world.


Saturday 31st August – Saturday 23rd November 2013

31st Aug. Overview – Abdassamad Clarke
7th Sept. Governance – Ustadha Aisha Bewley
14th Sept. Law and order – Rashad Ali
21st Sept. Tarbiya – Dr. Amjad Hussain
28th Sept. Jihad – Abdassamad Clarke
12th Oct. Architecture and urban planning – Mahmud Manning
19th Oct. Tribes and families – Idris Mears
26th Oct. Social welfare – Dr. Asadullah Yate
2nd Nov. Some Thoughts on the Transmission of Qur'an and Sunna – Dr. Yasin Dutton
9th Nov. Trade and commerce – Dr. Adi Setia
16th Nov. Crafts, Trades and the Marketplace – T. S. Andersson
23rd Nov. Conclusion – the Legacy of Madina – Abdassamad Clarke



Courses are delivered on Saturdays in the Curve Auditorium at the Forum, Norwich: Early Madina at 2pm and Society through Literature at 3:30pm respectively.


Videos and lecture notes will be posted online in the Members’ Area for students by 6pm on the Tuesday following each lecture. Simply register and view.

Booking Options

1  Book the entire course:

Early Madina £180

2  Book both current courses in their entirety (SAVE £100):

Early Madina + Society through Literature £260


Registered members may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on lectures and courses. Special concessions may also be available to those in full-time education or otherwise experiencing genuine hardship. There is also an international cost of living adjustment.  For further information please contact Shakura.

And Finally: eMFAS Blog – Nihilism and Nothingness

In view of the degree of interest and important questions raised regarding the content of this blog post, we have opened it up to closer scrutiny and further discussion by breaking it down piece by piece, beginning with the concept of nihilism...


  1. Nihilism
  2. Dostoyevsky's tormented characters
  3. Bohr and Heisenberg
  4. Ancient and terrible spell
  5. Technique
  6. Annihilation of the world
  7. Exponential fecundity of intangible wealth
  8. Pathways to the understanding of reality
  9. Technical 'ecosystem'
  10. What is it that the Muslims know...?