OsAr Islamic Sciences

The OsAr Islamic Sciences Seminar (OsAr ISC) studies the "indigenous" Arabic and Islamic disciplines that were central to the highly developed educational system and the massive intellectual activities of the medieval Islamic civilisation, and always perceived as genuinely Arabic and Islamic, as opposed to (though not necessarily in opposition to...) the "Greek" or "foreign" sciences. They include Qur'ānic exegesis (tafsīr) and textual critisicm (ʿulūm al-qurʾān), the science of Prophetic traditions (ʿilm al-ḥadīṯ), law and jurisprudence (fiqh and uṣūl al-fiqh), speculative or "scholastic" theology (ʿilm al-kalām), general theology and "religious" writing (ʿulūm al-dīn), grammar (ʿilm al-naḥw) and lexicography (ʿilm al-luġa), the literary and poetic arts, rhetoric and stylistics.

Fath al-Bārī

This page describes the current and planned activities of the OsAr ISC and provides references and study materials to facilitate the study of medieval Arabic texts from the various traditions collectively referred to here as "Islamic Sciences". As the page develops, there will be a sub-section on each science or discipline, with lists and references to suggested readings, etc. Covering this huge body of texts in one OsAr seminar probably means that this page will be quite rich when the OsAr project itself is further developed.

If you have any comments or wish to participate in a current or planned seminar, or if you want to suggest texts or topics for future seminars, please don't hesitate to contact us. For general information about OsAr and other seminars, go home.

Automn 2008: This semester we will read the famous ḥadīṯ "Deeds are judged by intentions", with a commentary by Ibn Ḥaǧar al-ʿAsqalānī (d. 852/1449), from his great work Fatḥ al-Bārī. Texts, references and various study materials will be posted on the semester page (link above), but extracts from printed editions (and manuscripts) that will be used in the seminar can be obtained at the OsAr HQ, which you can locate by contacting us.