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Arabic 1
Ustadh Adnan Rehman

Mondays, 6:30pm-9:00pm
January 28, 2019 – April 29, 2019

100 Malcolm X Boulevard, Roxbury, MA 02120

Arabic 2
Dr. Safia Zaghloul

Tuesdays, 6:30pm-9:00pm
January 22, 2019 – April 30, 2019

204 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Arabic 3
Dr. Sharif El-Tobgui

Thursdays, 6:30pm-9:00pm
January 24, 2019 – May 2, 2019

204 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139


Arabic 1 with Ustadh Adnan Rehman

Mondays, 6:30-9:00pm (January 28, 2019 – April 29, 2019)
ISB-Cambridge (204 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139)

As the Word of God, the Qur’an is the most powerful means to connect with the Divine. To receive the full impact of the divine Word demands that it is read in its original language. However, it is most unfortunate that the majority of Muslims today do not know the language of the Qur’an. Consequently, we deprive ourselves of the most powerful and profound blessings of the Holy Book: the direct psycho-spiritual impact of the divine speech on the heart. The Basics of Qur’anic Arabic course is the first step in that direction. This course introduces students to the fundamental building blocks of Qur’anic language. It thus enables the students to comprehend the underlying structure of the Qur’anic language, paving the way toward understanding the divine Word directly.

The goals of the Basics of Qur’anic Arabic include: Building the grammatical foundation of Qur’anic Arabic in order to lay bare its underlying structure and logic. Preparing the students for a basic ability in translating the Qur’an into English, and for an intermediate level of instruction in grammar.

The course is designed to teach the structure of the Arabic language to an English-speaking audience. For this reason, we do not insist that students learn the Arabic terminology. For the most part, our focus remains on the English terminology. In addition, we have reduced the flood of jargon that accompanies the learning of a new language. As our main focus will be to read and understand the Qur’an, we neither teach nor expect students to write in Arabic. Finally, as opposed to long hours of rote memorization, our method emphasizes concepts and analysis. The only prerequisite for this course is that the student should be able to read the Qur’an in Arabic, even if with difficulty.

Arabic 2 with Dr. Safia Zaghloul

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00pm (January 22, 2019 – April 30, 2019)
ISB-Cambridge (204 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139)

Arabic 2 introduces learners to the language and helps them build a basic vocabulary, fundamental grammatical structures, recitation of Quran and phrases critical to daily Muslim life. Adequate attention will be devoted to correct pronunciation, and in developing skills necessary for forming sentences. As the course progresses, the emphasis will fall on assimilating the language for understanding purposes. By the end of this course, students will be able to properly pronounce Arabic letters, certain Quranic verses and write basic Arabic sentences as well as understand basic grammatical rules. They will also understand the meanings behind the verses we study and be able to extract lessons from them, God willing.

Arabic 3 with Dr. Sharif El-Tobgui

Thursdays, 6:30-9:00pm (January 24, 2019 – May 2, 2019)
ISB-Cambridge (204 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139)

This course will introduce students to the words and teachings of our noble Messenger (saas), who was given “jawāmiʿ al-kalim,” the gift of expressing the profoundest of meanings in the most concise and eloquent of expressions. Our main text for the course will be Imam al-Nawawī’s (d. 676/1277) famous Arbaʿīn collection of ḥadīth considered foundational to Islamic belief and practice. The main goal of the course will be to read the first twenty aḥādīth of the collection and understand them thoroughly from a linguistic perspective. Close attention will be paid to vocabulary and syntax, with major grammatical points reviewed and/or introduced as needed. We will supplement our linguistic, as well as our religious and spiritual, engagement with the ḥadīth by reading selected passages from Ibn Daqīq al-ʿĪd’s (d. 702/1302) famous sharḥ on the Arbaʿīn al-Nawawiyya. Students will be expected to write the studied hadiths accurately from dictation and to have memorized at least ten of them by the end of the course. A final exam will assess students’ knowledge of the vocabulary, grammar, and religious significance of the hadiths covered, as well as their broader facility in recognizing and manipulating the grammatical structures studied.


The Boston Islamic Seminary offers competitive tuition rates when considered against other non-degree academic programs offered by a variety of institutions throughout Greater Boston. Standard tuition is $850 per course, however, in our startup phase, we are offering all courses at a substantial discount.

Weekly Course – 24 Instructional Hours – Price Listing

General Rate Student Rate
Registration $270 $150


The Boston Islamic Seminary is committed to providing quality instruction to all, regardless of financial circumstances, through a generous financial aid program.

Please note that the financial aid application deadline is one week before the start-date of any given course. Financial aid is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis until available funds are exhausted.  Please apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being awarded.

Boston Islamic Seminary admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.