Islamic Leadership – Individual and Institutional

Course Code Year Term Course Group Credits
IRL-712 3 Fall Skill Building 3


This course trains students in the intellectual, spiritual, social and emotional qualities required of religious leaders. Students will explore definitions and models of spiritual and religious leadership, looking particularly at the context of religious leadership in America. The course will cover the role of religious leaders in a variety of settings and contexts both inside and outside the Muslim community, including the legal parameters for religious leadership in the US. Students will develop tools for navigating religious and cultural diversity and setting and maintaining healthy boundaries with community members, staff, board, etc. Finally, the course will explore tools for building and maintaining relationships and navigating conflict in community settings. At the end of the course, students will have developed their capacity as effective leaders who are able to resolve conflict, strengthen internal bonds, build positive relationships with others and empower their communities.



“My experience with BIS has been transformative. I have had direct access to scholars and their knowledge, alhamdulillah in a way I have never experienced before. We’ve deeply explored the Muslim experience academically, challenging many of my previously held beliefs and narratives. I am forever grateful to BIS, the scholars and the organizers for this experience”.

Nuha Muntasser, Student