n Journal for Islamic Studies - Scholars of the circles : training of QŒè¥s and transmission of Islamic scholarship along the East African Coast from the mid-19th century to the 21st century

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7062



Since the mid-19th century, darsa has played a significant role in shaping Islamic scholarship along the East African coast. This article discusses, firstly, the methodology adopted in darsa teaching and the influence of chuo (Qur<Œn School) on the orientation of QŒè¥s. Islamic learning was based on a comprehensive syllabus (manhaj) that incorporated various disciplines to train QŒè¥s for their future career. Secondly, the syllabus and its role in training QŒè¥s are examined. Towards the turn of the twentieth century, a formalised system of Islamic learning was established in form of a madrasa, and the older syllabus was modified. The final part of the article illustrates the role of QŒè¥s in the transmission of Islamic learning over generations through an intellectual chain.

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