Programmes and Modules

MFAS currently offers two main programmes:

  1. General Muslim Studies

  2. This programme examines four areas: the core political history of the Muslims as exemplified in their khalifas from the Khulafa ar-Rashidun right down to the last of the Osmanlis; the intellectual history of the Muslims as shown by the madhhabs of Islam, both those of fiqh and 'aqida, as well as heterodox movements, particularly those that have contributed substantially to the modern age; and a study of the societal forms of the first community of Islam in Madina. Lastly, there are the regular MFAS Residentials' modules studying the classical sciences of Islam. In total the General Muslim Studies programme comprises five modules:
    1. The History of the Khalifas
    2. Madhhabs of Islam
    3. Early Madina
    4. MFAS Residentials I

  3. Civilisation and Society

  4. This programme examines the dominant global society, arguing, in our first module, that it has emerged from out of the French Revolution. The analysis is undertaken in five parts: first, the history of power including the emergence of banking and ‘market forces’; second, the picture of technique, technology, method and science and how they have arisen, and how they relate to power, including examination of some of the more exciting recent developments; third, an examination of the structure of its personal, familiar and societal forms and institutions as seen through the eyes of its writers and artists; fourth, an investigation of economics drawing on a number of disciplines including philosophy and psychology as well as on absolutely traditional perspectives from the Sunna and Shari‘a; fifth, we look at the means by which a society sustains itself through time by means of education, pedagogy and tarbiya, with a view to looking practically at our genuine needs today. The programme comprises five modules:

    1. The Politics of Power
    2. Technique and Science
    3. Society through Literature
    4. The Question concerning Economics
    5. The Question concerning Education

Upcoming Modules

Nomos and Law

Venue and date yet to be set.

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Detroit and Hinterland – a Case Study

Venue and date yet to be set.

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The Muslim World and Modernity

Venue and date yet to be set.

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Please note that subscriber members gain a number of benefits, including copies of the bi-annual MFAS Journal and discounts on modules and programmes. Apply for membership here.

Scholastic Objectives

  • That the student should display the analytical and intellectual advantages inherent in the multi-disciplinary diversity of scholarship demanded by the emphasis on adab, siyar and the implementation of beneficial knowledge;
  • That the student should acquire the ability to identify key moments and patterns in history, and an appreciation of the dynamic interplay of individual human agency and the politics of power in the process of societal transformation;
  • That a confident overall command of the subject matter and a secure grasp of the essential details are combined with an understanding of the necessity for courtesy, discipline and moral responsibility as invaluable personal qualities in the pursuit and application of knowledge;
  • That the student's study and training should lead to certified and attested professional academic competence.

Three modes of participation

1 Attendance at Lectures and Study Circles

Teaching takes place in standard lecture room settings on Faculty premises (unless otherwise specified) and comprises traditional lectures, tutorials and seminars. This is supplemented by the availability of on-line tutorial sessions. Recorded lectures are also accessible on-line for those who may have failed to attend.

2 Online Study

Online courses are available for those who, due to distance or other commitments, are not able to attend classes in the traditional way but would still wish to avail themselves of the chance to participate in a course of study. It is possible to avail of the online courses at whatever time and at whatever speed suits the student best.

In addition, the online courses are also ancillary to the in situ teaching and are available as a resource to all students, so that those who for any reason cannot attend one or more lectures can catch up online, and others who simply wish to refresh their memories may view the lectures whenever they wish.


Online study is supported by one-to-one Skype tutorials with the module leader or a designated tutor.

3 Residential Immersion

These are typically weekend residential courses delivered by a combination of visiting scholars and Faculty lecturers in residence who are ordinarily engaged in teaching, research or related activities. With the resources of the locality at our disposal, courses are designed to be primarily 'immersive' in character in that students are exposed to a more or less intensive timetable of teaching in the form of lectures, presentations and discussions whilst being expected to participate in the wider social and learning environment of the host community as a whole. This approach reflects the time-honoured reality that an active, organic and varied social setting provides unique opportunities for the observation, demonstration and active transmission of useful knowledge. For obvious reasons, it is preferred where possible for participants to be accommodated in local community households.

Diploma and Certificate Programmes

2012 saw the rolling out of two interlocking programmes of study: General Muslim Studies and Civilisation & Society. Each programme consisted of three modules studied over the course of three terms, but the Civilisation and Society programme has been extended to include the two extra modules, the Question concerning Economics and the Question concerning Education and the General Muslim Studies was extended by MFAS Residentials on 'aqida, fiqh and hadith. This means that there are a total of nine modules on offer; two modules per term (one from each programme) as well as the three additional modules. Apart from MFAS Residentials, each module comprised twelve one-hour lectures in addition to any required reading, research, written assignments or tutorials. The combination of online-distance learning and traditional lectures was arranged so as to allow Diploma candidates to achieve the combination of modules necessary to satisfy the examination requirements in the shortest possible time. Therefore, students who opted to do so were able to plan their course of study towards the achievement of one or more of three main qualifying examinations.

MFAS continues to offer access to the above via on-line study in addition to its upcoming modules.

Candidates may enter for the MFAS Baccalauréat (BaccMFAS), the Final Diploma in Advanced Studies (DipFNL), the Ordinary Diploma in Advanced Studies (DipORD) or the Certificate in Academic Education (CertAEd). These are awarded subject to examination by essay, and/or dissertation, and/or practical demonstration, as appropriate according to the level of qualification. However, certification is optional and all courses and lectures are open to participation with or without commitment to examinations.

MFAS Baccalauréat (BaccMFAS)

The Baccalauréat is intended to provide a broad-based foundation for confident advancement to higher and more specialised qualifications and to the other diplomas.

Minimum duration: 3 terms + 1 assessment term.

Syllabus: 1 standalone module.

Assessment: 1 short essay (750 - 1000 words).

Final Diploma in Advanced Studies (DipFNL)

Minimum duration: 6 terms = 3 terms study + 3 terms assessment period.

Syllabus: 6 modules = 3 from each programme.

Assessment: Dissertation (15000 - 18000 words) or 1 Module design and 3 prepared lectures (40 mins each).

Ordinary Diploma in Advanced Studies (DipORD)

Minimum duration: 4 terms = 2 terms study + 2 terms assessment period.

Syllabus: 4 modules = 3 + 1 or 2 + 2 from each programme.

Assessment: 2 extended essays (3000 - 3500 words each) or 2 prepared lectures (40 mins each).

For more information about qualifying examinations see Membership.