ABOUT THE SEMINARY
The Boston Islamic Seminary is an institution of higher education that aims to train religious leaders who will serve the American Muslim community, and to enhance the understanding of Islam in the contemporary context among people of all backgrounds.
WHY THE SEMINARY?
The American Muslim community is at a defining moment in determining its future outlook and place in American culture. Though we have seen growth in population and institutional development, there remain difficult and perplexing moral, intellectual, socioeconomic, and civic challenges that impede a more fruitful and God-conscious lived reality for Muslims in America.
Boston Islamic Seminary seeks to address this challenge by engaging students of all backgrounds in an exploration of Islam in the contemporary context, and by equipping future religious leaders with the intellectual, spiritual and practical training to serve the American Muslim community.
Continuing Education: Launched in 2016, the Continuing Education Program offers adult learners innovative and intellectually rigorous courses that inspire deep engagement with Islam and enable critical analysis of our contemporary context. This program is meant to complement lectures, halaqas, and classes offered by most masjids, and focuses on addressing contemporary challenges that Muslims face as a minority religious community in America.
Fulltime Program: Starting in 2019, insha’Allah, the Seminary will open a full-time program to train chaplains, imams, and other leaders to serve in a variety of contexts. This program will include deep engagement with the Islamic scholarly tradition, and will emphasize students’ spiritual and moral development along with training in contemporary issues and practical skill building to serve American Muslim communities. This program will be open to students who apply and are admitted. The Seminary is seeking approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to grant degrees through our full-time program, but we have not yet obtained this approval.
Boston Islamic Seminary admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin and is a project of MAS Boston.