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Uthman Morrison: Notes on The Muslim Faculty of Advances Studies, Norwich, UK

Presentation of

The Muslim Faculty of Advances Studies, Norwich, United Kingdom.

Hajj Uthman Morrison

Our Motto: “Let none come among us except those who are concerned with adab and siyar and who seek beneficial knowledge.” (www.themuslimfaculty.org)

“The dynamic juxtaposition of the respective clusters of meaning contained in the Arabic words adab and siyar reveal what we consider to be the essential touchstones that will guide our determination as a fellowship of scholars, academics, researchers and students to recover the vital connection between learning and behaviour and to create the opportunities for autonomy of thought and action that will be indispensable if the people of knowledge and understanding are to fulfil the responsibilities that await them in our time.”

  1. Life amongst the fuqara: An education for the ‘educated’. MFAS a gesture of recognition and gratitude for the rich environment of learning provided by the Community, and a desire to share the gifts of SAQ’s teachings;

  1. Continuation of Sufi tradition of commentary on works of the Shaykh; e.g. Politics of Power module an extended commentary on ‘The Time of the Bedouin’;

  1. A platform/opportunity for those of the experienced fuqara best equipped to contribute;

   “Most revolutionaries suffer from not having become professors…”

   “We’ll make him a professor – that should take him off our backs.”

     (Ernst Jünger, Eumeswil)

  1. Development of ‘Collegiality’ within and beyond Community;

  1. An effective vehicle for wider involvement/recruitment outside of ‘Murabitun’ or tariqa; e.g.

  1. a) BRAIS (British Association for Islamic Studies) Inaugural Conference, Edinburgh, April 2014 – Ibrahim Lawson on:

   ‘Questioning builds a way: Heidegger, Islam and Education’

Yakub Werdelin on:

   Religious Education in the National Curriculum

  1. b) Sahl Andersson is a significant example of MFAS capacity for recruitment and retention: He was significant in establishing the role of Director of Studies in MFAS; made pivotal contributions to the formation of the History of the Khalifas and the Madhhabs of Islam modules, where he also contributed several key papers. Although on extended study leave he continues to contribute on a weekly basis to the direction of the Faculty.

  1. c) Yakub Werdelin Developing involvement as Educational specialist in classroom pedagogy and ‘cooperative learning’.

  1. d) Request just received from University ISOC:

“A Muslim students’ residential I’m organising between January 16-18th insha’Allah. It’ll be looking at how we can challenge false narratives, campaigning effectively on campus and in our communities as well as providing the skills, knowledge and networks to seek roles in public life.

I was wondering if you’d be able to attend on 17th January around 3.15pm not just to represent the Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies but to consider how the Quran and Sunnah instructs Muslims to work with Ihsan, and how as Muslim students, union officers and future leaders we can do so.”

  1. e) Ongoing engagement with UEA, AMS and East Anglian schools;

  1. f) Al Waleed Bin Talal Centre for Islamic Studies, Cambridge Dec. 2014 – Mar. 2015

Major qualitative study of British Muslim identity through the collection and examination of first hand narratives of conversion (to Islam).

  1. Promotion of SAQ’s writings/publications;

   The works of SAQ and published fuqara feature prominently on all MFAS course reading lists and promotional materials.

  1. Support/promotion of the community’s work and projects (esp. educational and political):

   e.g. Dallas College, L.A. College, EMU, Wazzania, Fundación Educativa

  1. Formal educational courses for post-16 year olds.

  1. Useful Stats

Fellows:

HONORARY (2)

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Maksudoğlu (Turkey)

Prof. Imran Khan Nyazee (Lahore)

FROM OUTSIDE THE QADIRIS (10)

Abdurahman McCausland (Ethiopia)

Asim Qureshi (UK)

Dr. Adi Setia (Malaysia)

Dr. Amjad Hussain (Wales)

Dr. Aziz Idrissi al-Kobaiti (Morocco)

Dr. Gavin Picken (Sharjah)

Dr. Mykhaylo Yakubovych (Ukraine)

Mufti Naim Abu Layth (UK)

Prof. Dr. Ahmed Akgunduz The Islamic University of Rotterdam

Shaykh Aḥmad Sa‘d (UK)

Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi (Syria)

QADIRIS (11)

Dr. Riyad Asvat (Australia)

Dr. Yasin Dutton (UCT)

Abdalhamid Evans

Abdassamad Clarke (UK)

Abu Bakr Rieger (EMU)

Aisha Bewley (UK)

Uthman Ibrahim-Morrison (UK)

Ibrahim Lawson (UK)

Prof. Abdalbasir Ojembarrena (Dallas College)

Shaykh Abdalhaqq Bewley (UK)

Shaykh Ali Laraki (UK)

Mailing list (1003) (eMFAS Newsletter)

Moodle registrations (75); Deen Intensive participants (17); UEA academics (50).

MODULES (7)

1 The History of the Khalifas

2 The Madhhabs of Islam

3 Early Madina

4 The Politics of Power

5 Technique and Science

6 Society through Literature

7 The Question Concerning Economics

WRITTEN PAPERS (80)

SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

1 Website – www.themuslimfaculty.org

2 Face Book Page – The Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies

3 Face Book Group – MFAS Think Tank Group

4 Linkedin Companies – Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies

5 Academia.edu