Newsletter No.9

eMFAS Newsletter No.9

eMFAS is the Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies Newsletter. It is a quick and simple way of keeping you up to date with the Faculty’s regular programmes, lectures, events and free offers!

The Autumnal 2013 term is on its 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!


REGISTER below to attend or receive both opening lectures for the “ Early Madina” and the “Society through Literature” modules for FREE.

New Term Opening Lecture: Early Madina – An Overview

As the context in which much of the dīn was revealed, the sharī‘a put in place and the Sunna practised, the city of Madina has not been well understood. It remained the political centre of Islam during the first three caliphates and after that continued as a major locus of learning and, more importantly, of everyday communal embodiment of the dīn. An appreciation of its life and culture is vital for a complete understanding of the Book and the Sunna, just as a proper grasp of our current society is an essential requirement for putting them into practice.

When and Where?

2pm, Saturday 31st August – Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF.

ONLINE Tuesday 3rd September.

The Lecturer

Abdassamad Clarke FFAS is Dean of MFAS. He is from Ulster and was formally educated in Edinburgh in mathematics and physics. He accepted Islam at the hand of Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi in 1973 and later studied Arabic, tajwid and other Islamic sciences in Cairo. He has a number of translations of classical Arabic works, and is also the editor and co-author with Abdurrahman I. Doi of the revised edition of Shariah: The Islamic Law. He currently serves as imam and teacher at the Ihsan Mosque, Norwich, UK.

The 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. A. 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


Register now to attend the above lecture, or both introductory lectures to our courses “Early Madina” and “Society through Literature”, on Saturday 31st August, by contacting Shakura.


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.

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