1st Online Webinar: Vistas to the East

Vistas to the East 
Saturday 10th of April 2021
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm (London Time) 8:30 – 11:00 (Iran Time)
on Zoom
(1st Online Webinar)
Biobibliographical Analysis (taḥlīl-i fihristī):
Reconstructing Early Works of Shiʿi Hadith
Ayatollah Sayyid Ahmad al-Madadi (Presenter)
Prof. Andrew Newman (Discussant)
Prof. Robert Gleave (Discussant)

Arabic Language Course

Arabic Language Course

Starting From 21st January 2021

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Course Fee: £50/Semester

The Islamic College has organized an Arabic Course for those who want to learn the language of the Islamic revelation. Classical Arabic refers to both the language of the Qur’an and of the various works produced during the early Islamic period.

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Studying with us during coronavirus in 2020 to 2021

Studying with us during coronavirus in 2020 to 2021

How you will learn when you start your College Study

We have put everything in place so you will get a great learning experience and lots of support when you start your course in autumn 2020 or spring 2021. We want to do this in a flexible way that works for you and follows government advice around keeping safe.

  • We are planning to teach you through a mix of online virtual and face-to-face learning during autumn 2020 and spring 2021 but at present, everything is online.
  • This means we can keep everyone safe while aiming to give you some opportunities to come onto campus and use some facilities such as the library.
  • You would study on blended learning that starts with fully online virtual learning during the autumn term and small face-to-face classes during the spring term.
  • If you cannot make it to campus for whatever reason, we will work to make sure you can start your course fully online.

The Islamic College has evaluated the circumstances in conjunction with Middlesex University in support of students. This would ensure that you have the best education possible, from our student support services going online to virtual social discussions. Based on our experience of delivering distance learning for our Masters programmes, we have been working to introduce online learning to undergraduate students.  So we’re well prepared to teach you online this autumn. You will be taught through a blend of online lectures, workshops and problem-solving sessions. These will be supported by online module notes, pre-recorded video content, online classroom discussions and interactive activities.

Virtual Learning at the College

Desire2learn is the Islamic College’s online learning support area for candidates. This is a place where you can find online materials to support your studies together with discussion areas, module information and calendar dates. As a student of the college you would be entitled to access all modules which are supported online through our virtual learning environment.  http://islamic-college.desire2learnclient.com/. The VLE is designed for the mobile world—and the platform can be accessed from any mobile device for a true anywhere, anytime, any device learning experience.

The VLE allows learners to learn on their terms, proceed through content at their own pace, and access learning from any device. Students get personalised feedback to keep motivated, on track, and engaged.  It makes it easy for learners to connect, participate in forums and discussions, and view each other’s profiles. It gives portfolios to staff to reflect on learning, showcase growth, and celebrate achievements. It also identifies and tracks high-risk learners, proactively alerts the staff to step in and offer help. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

Each student will be assigned a personal tutor through the programme leaders who will meet with students regularly online or face-to-face depending on circumstances to provide them with guidance and support regarding their academic performance, personal growth and development. Students may seek advice from their personal tutor regarding issues and difficulties that may affect their studies during tutorial sessions. Apart from normal class and tutorial time, staff members may be contacted during officially announced office hours.

Student Risk Assessment

As we start our academic year welcoming students to The Islamic College, we realise that some of you may be concerned about having to come onto college and how best to protect yourself against COVID-19. Please be assured that the college is following Public Health England guidance within our approach.

Please note that if you, or someone you share a household with, receive a positive COVID-19 result or instruction to shield, you should inform The Islamic College immediately so that we can advise you on the steps you need to take in relation to your studies and wellbeing. If you need to declare a positive COVID-19 test, please email the registry, if you, or someone you live with, develop symptoms of COVID-19, please self-isolate for 14 days.

The symptoms are a high temperature, a new or continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell. If studying your course means that you have to come onto campus and you have concerns about a personal characteristic or condition that may increase your vulnerability to COVID-19,

Students coming to the college are asked to complete a risk assessment form. Once you have completed the online form you will receive an automated email which assesses your level of risk based on the answers you provide. You may recomplete the risk assessment at any time, if your health or circumstances change. All information provided within this document will remain confidential and secure in line with GDPR. This information will be visible to staff from Student Support, who are available to support you in considering safe access to the college and the library, and to staff at a college.


If you develop COVID-19 symptoms you should get tested.

The main symptoms are:

  • Continuous cough
  • Temperature or fever
  • Loss/change in taste
  • Loss/change in smell

If you test positive for COVID-19, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting the Head of Registry on 0208 451 9993 or email j.hussain@islamic-college.ac.uk. The quicker you tell us, the better we can support you by sending you information on next steps and how to look after yourself. You can find out more on what your test results mean via the NHS website, but please make sure you follow any individual advice given to you by the NHS. You may also be contacted by NHS Track and Trace to identify anyone you may have been in contact with recently so they can also be tested. If you’re experiencing mild symptoms, the NHS provide some steps you can take to treat these at home. However, if you’re unable to cope with the symptoms of COVID-19 at home, for example if you feel breathless and it’s getting worse, or your symptoms are getting worse, please use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service. Try to stay away from people you live with.


If you have symptoms, you should stay away from other people you live with as much as possible.

If you can:

  • stay on your own in one room as much as possible and keep the door closed
  • avoid using shared spaces (such as the kitchen) at the same time as other people – eat your meals in your room
  • use a separate bathroom – otherwise, use the bathroom after everyone else and clean it each time you use it, for example, by wiping the surfaces you’ve touched. Find out more on the NHS website.

Emergency help

Call 999 for an ambulance if you or someone you care for:

  • Are struggling to breathe
  • Are coughing up blood
  • Have blue lips or a blue face
  • Feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin
  • Have a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • Collapse or faint
  • Become confused or very drowsy
  • Have stopped peeing or are peeing much less than usual

Tell the operator you might have coronavirus symptoms.

Presenting a paper by one of the DE students of the Islamic College at American Academy of Religion annual conference

Dr. Tim Orr, a MA Islamic Studies student at the Islamic College and an Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, will present a paper entitled “The Quran’s Composition: Assessing Andrew Bannister’s Oral Formulaic Study of the Quran” at the American Academy of Religion annual conference in November 2019. The American Academy of Religion is one of the largest association of religious studies scholars in the United States, having over 8,000 members worldwide.

LIVE PUBLIC WEBINAR – The Portrayal of Women in Shi’ism in Western Academic Literature

A discussion of women in Islam is one of the most contentious and politicised subjects in contemporary studies of Islam and has been intimately tied with questions of “West versus East” and the colonialist project. It remains a flash point for perceived civilisational conflict in the media today. With that in mind, this webinar will explore the discussions of women in Shi’ism that appear in literature on Shi’ism published in the West. What kind of underlying assumptions are brought to the literature? Are there any particular slants characteristic of the literature? What about the influence of other subjects, such as Biblical studies? It is hoped that such an evaluation can lead to a more critical reading of the literature, as well as bring to light questions about the position of women in Shi‘i thought.

Speaker? Dr Amina Inloes
When? Friday 31st March
Time? 2.30 pm GMT

The online LINK to attend the webinar is:

This link will be activated 15 minutes in advance of the webinar.

– Participants need to use a laptop or desktop computer. Tablets and mobile devices do not support all the features.
– Use headphones instead of speakers to prevent any voice echo’s

LIVE PUBLIC WEBINAR – Academic Writing, Referencing, and Research Ethics in Islamic Studies

The webinar addresses the main principles and standards of academic writing and the importance of following such standards up in writing academic essays. The following questions will be dealt with in this session: how coherence could be kept in academic writing, how essays could be written with high clarity, and what are the main aims and objectives of a research proposal components. Also, the method of selecting a topic for writing an essay or a dissertation will be explored. Last but not least, the research considerations which need to be taken into account when doing a research will be highlighted at the end of the webinar.

Speaker?Mortaza Rezaee
When? Friday 17th March
Time? 2.30 pm GMT

The online LINK to attend the webinar is:

This link will be activated 15 minutes in advance of the webinar.

– Participants need to use a laptop or desktop computer. Tablets and mobile devices do not support all the features.
– Use headphones instead of speakers to prevent any voice echo’s