The Art of Logic is a vital instrument for anyone who seeks to form accurate defintions and draw sound conclusions; and for centuries, a rigorous study of Logic has been an essential aspect of traditional Islamic studies all across the Muslim world. Scholars utilized Logic as an argumentation technique in crafting their opinions, a verification method in examining concepts and judgements, a structuring tool in writing their manuals and primers and a metacognition approach in understanding reasoning and thought processes.
For the past eight hundred years, Īsāghūjī by Imam Athīr al-Dīn al-Abharī (d. 663 A.H. / 1265 C.E.) has been the most popular foundational Logic primer in traditional Islamic madrasas. It provides students with the necessary basic principles and introduces them to the key terminologies and methodologies of Logic.
This course takes students in a step-by-step journey through this indispensible text exploring the the rise of Logic in the Muslim world and its relationship to Islamic sciences, uncovering the rationale behind the incorporation of Logic within the structure of traditional texts and most importantly, and illustrating in simple terms the elementry rules and ideas of this curcial art.
Registration Closes: January 01, 2100
About the Course Teachers
Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary
Shaykh Ahmed El Azhary is a researcher in Islamic intellectual history and a teacher of Islamic traditional sciences. He’s currently a teacher of Hadith, Usūl, Logic and Kalam at Rawdatul-Na`īm under the supervision of Habib `Ali al-Jifrī; and at Madyafat Shaykh Ismaīl Sadiq al-`Adawī (RA), a prominent learning center by al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.
Shaykh Ahmed studied Anthropology at American University in Cairo and received his training in Leadership Communication from Tulane University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also a life-long learner. He holds a diversified portfolio of almost 50 certificates in a variety of subjects – extending from Teaching Character and Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People to Complexity Theory, Model Thinking and Conflict Analysis.
Shaykh Ahmed began his journey of studying traditional sciences about 20 years ago. In addition to studying with scholars from al-Azhar, he had the privilege of studying with visiting scholars from Algeria and India in a one-on-one format, and was thus given an exceptional opportunity to study and discuss advanced-level texts of different sorts and over a long period of time. Shaykh Ahmed has more than 70 Ijazas from scholars from all over the Muslim world.
Beside a number of edited works about to be released in Islamic pedagogy, linguistics and Hanafi Usūl, Shaykh Ahmed has authored Rūh al-`Ilm – a treatise in the art of scientific investigation, based on a survey of roughly 200 traditional Islamic texts, and has been endorsed by Dr. Jamāl Fārūq, the Dean of Islamic Da`wah College at al-Azhar University and Dr. Ahmed Mamdūh, the Chair of Research Division at Dar al-Iftaa’ al-Masrīyah. Rūh al-`Ilm will be published by Tabah Foundation in the early of summer of 2019.
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