Faculty of Languages
Since Arabic, Lisān al-Daʿwa and English are the mediums of instruction, they are extensively studied. At stage three, according to research interests, students are required to study an additional language of their choosing.
At the first stage, Arabic is taught through the introduction of various classical Arabic texts. Beginners engage with these texts which gradually enhance their communicative proficiency. Lisān al-Daʿwa with its Arabic lexicon and script, facilitates this swift acquisition of Arabic. In the subsequent four years, until the end of stage two, this acquisition is complimented with studies in Arabic grammar through traditional texts such as al-Darīrī and Hidaya al-Nahw. At the final two stages, advanced oral and written proficiency in Arabic is obtained through a combination of targeted practice and study of Arabic linguistics.
Memorisation of the Quran greatly benefits in mastering Arabic. There is also considerable emphasis on poetic and prose composition as a means of language enhancement and as an avenue of creative interaction with the subject of literature. A designated department oversees the drafting, assessment and dissemination of student and faculty literary enterprise.
English in Aljamea has an important role and is taught through an eclectic approach. At stages one and two the curriculum focuses on the four primary skills of language acquisition and prepares students for secondary and higher secondary certificate examinations. At stages three and four, advanced English language proficiency is developed through the study of a variety of thematic texts as well as through engagement with scholarly publications in the fields of Islamic studies written in the English language. Contemporary scholarship of Islam and religion is widely carried out in the English language and to access and contribute to this corpus of knowledge, English language skills are a must for students of Aljamea.
Due to the expanding horizons of research and the need for multilingualism in quality graduate study, students are required to choose between French, German, Persian or Sanskrit as an additional language over the final four years.