Jamia Al-Karam provides a unique course structure that is able to blend the traditional Islamic sciences as well as contemporary Islamic thought with an ethos that is based upon spirituality and scholarship, and which relates to the modern world and the present context.
Jamia Al-Karam offers its acclaimed five-year traditional Dars Nizami curriculum, which is split into two diploma programmes. The Foundation Diploma in Islamic Sciences and Classical Arabic (FDIS) is a three year programme, which is followed by the Advanced Diploma in Islamic Sciences and Traditional Scholarship (ADIS) that is a further two years of intensive study. Both programmes comprise of core modules covering classical Islamic disciplines based upon the traditional Dars Nizami curriculum.
The classical and traditional Dars Nizami curriculum, over the course of generations, has maintained its traditional prestige and even today is a benchmark in mastering the classical sciences in order to gain specialisation in understanding the sciences and intricacies of Islam. Over the recent past, learned intellectuals have made subtle alterations and additions in rendering the curriculum accessible and adaptable to changing contexts of time and place. Notably the landmark development in Pakistan in 1957 by the Diya’ al-Ummat, Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari (ra), who envisaged the curriculum to provide the same benefits in the changing twentieth century as did the original curriculum of Mulla Nizam al-Din in the eighteenth century. Additional subjects began to also be taught alongside these traditional sciences such as modern languages, political science and economics at his institution.
In this journey of maintaining tradition whilst achieving modern relevance, Jamia Al-Karam has played, and continues to do so, a significant role here in the United Kingdom as regards developing and maintaining a successful and efficient programme of study that is based on the traditional Dars Nizami curriculum whilst acknowledging the changing context of time and place.
Admission is open for male and female applicants over the age of eighteen years, and courses begin in September of each year. Details on admission and enrolment procedure can be viewed here.