Short Courses

Qur'anic Arabic (Tajwid)

This year-length course helps students to improve their recitation of the Qur'an. Participants must have a basic knowledge of the Arabic script. No charge is made for the course, but students are required to register.

Applications to this course are now CLOSED, and will reopen in August 2022.

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Qur'an Recitation for Beginners 

This 10-week course helps students to begin learning how to recite the Qur'an. No prior knowledge is required and no charge is made for the course, but students are required to register.

Applications to this course are now CLOSED, and will reopen in August 2022.

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Modern Standard Arabic

This course, offered at four different levels to cater for individual abilities, is designed to develop students' competence in Arabic. While Arabic has many local and regional variants, modern standard Arabic serves as a common language understood throughout the Arab world.

Applications for this course are now CLOSED.

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Modern Standard Arabic - 'Express' courses

These condensed format courses are offered at Beginner Level 1a and Elementary Level 1b running over 20 weeks from January to June 2022.

Applications for this course are now CLOSED.

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Calligraphy

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is delighted to offer a new half-day course in Islamic Calligraphy, with the classically trained calligrapher and artist, Soraya Syed. Soraya will offer a hands-on practical calligraphy workshop at the Centre, which aims to introduce some of the basic calligraphic letterforms and the specialist equipment used by professional artists. After lunch, the workshop will be followed by a walking tour delivered by Soraya and Dr Afifi Al-Akiti, the Kuwait Fellow in Islamic Studies. They will discuss the Centre’s architectural inscriptions and calligraphic artworks and demonstrate the many ways in which Arabic letterforms can be used to create art and convey meaning.

Applications to the course, which will take place on Saturday 6 November 2021 (10.30am to 2.30pm), are now CLOSED. The course fee is £50 per person (with a discounted rate of £30 for currently matriculated students in higher education), and includes a buffet lunch and refreshments. All materials required will be provided by the instructor.

Applications have now closed early owing to the popularity of this course. Due to the practical nature of the course, only fifteen seats are available.

Other courses

The Centre also occasionally runs short (weekend) courses on Islam. The standard course aims to provide a guide to understanding the role of Islam in private and public spheres using a variety of educational means. Past programmes have included sessions on ‘History of the Muslim world’, ‘Islamic Art and Architecture’ and ‘Spirituality and Muslim Devotion’, which helped illuminate a variety of issues that underscore the vitality of Islam and its social impact.

Please follow this link to a course on Islam: Faith and Culture run on 27 April 2019.