eMFAS Newsletter No. 14

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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!

Early Governance in the Islamic Umma

Aisha Bewley FFAS

As the second lecture in our Early Madina module, Aisha Bewley presents “Early Governance in the Islamic Umma” which will examine the historical formation of the Umma of the Muslims and the structure of how it was governed as well as presenting an analysis of the effectiveness of this form of governance.

Aisha Bewley

Aisha Abdurrahman at Tarjumana Bewley is one of today’s most prolific translators of classical Arabic works into English. For more than thirty-five years she has been concerned with making the contents of many classical Arabic works more accessible to English- speaking readers. She is co-translator of The Noble Qur’an A New Rendering of its Meaning in English. Other works include Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik, and Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah a translation of the Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad.

Abdalhamid Evans FFAS


As part of the Society Through Literature series, this paper on Psychology explores the relationship between the writer and the reader, and the role that literature has played, and continues to play in shaping our inner world, and in turn our behaviour. Now that the written word is no longer confined to paper, we also follow the trail of the evolution of literature in the digital age, and the effect that this has on our shared imaginations and expectations, and how it shapes the narrative of our own lives.

Abdalhamid Evans

Abdalhamid Evans was born in New York, the son of a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, and was educated in the USA and UK. After leaving school he spent seven years in the remote mountains of South West Ireland without running water or electricity, and joined the Norwich Muslim community after embracing Islam in 1978. He was actively involved in various community activities for the following two decades, and studied European philosophy and psychology with Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi. He is a founder Fellow of MFAS and works as an independent marketing consultant.

Attendance: Where, When and How

On site

Courses are delivered on Saturdays in THE CURVE AUDITORIUM AT THE FORUM, MILLENNIUM PLAIN. NR2 1TF: Early Madina at 2.00pm and Society through Literature at 3.30pm.


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




To arrange to pay in instalments by standing order, and for all other enquiries, please contact Shakura.


Book an entire course:

Early Madina £180

Society through Literature £180

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

Early Madina + Society through Literature £260

Single lectures

Governance £15

Psychology £15

Any current or past lecture from either course may be purchased as single lectures.

Double lectures

Book both Saturday lectures (SAVE £8.40):

Governance + Psychology £21.60

Both sessions from any one current or past Saturday may be purchased as a double lecture package.


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 experiencing genuine hardship. There is also an international cost of living adjustment.  For further information please contact Shakura.

And Finally… “Story and History” – Uthman Ibrahim-Morrison

32A • Civilisation & Society 3 • Society Through Literature • Lecture 01 • Story & History • 31.08.13 from The Muslim Faculty on Vimeo.

The introductory lecture to the “Society through Literature” module, “Story and History”, delivered Saturday the 31st August 2013 by Uthman Ibrahim-Morrison.