Sacred Text, IHC-241

Islamic Tazkiyah and Tarbiyah Methodologies

Day Time Duration Date Instructor
Saturdays 2:00pm – 4:00pm 12 Weeks Sept. 24th – Dec 16th Dr. Fella Lahmar


DESCRIPTION:  This class will provide an Islamic perspective of a balanced spiritual development program, as a path for spiritual transformation to bring about positive change for individuals and societies in this world, and to achieve success in the Hereafter. We will examine how societal illness can be traced to spiritually diseased hearts that have not been cleansed of bad character or moral deficiencies.

Students will explore Qurʾānic verses that describe the purification of the heart (tazkiyat al-nafs), and Ḥadīths describing effective methods of illumination of the heart, as well as the history, theory, and main methods of spirituality in Islam. Students will reflect on how these can lead to self-improvement through treating spiritual and social maladies from the inside out.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Important questions to be addressed include:

  • What are the sources, function and characteristics of the divine spirituality in Islam?
  • How can the Islamic spiritual framework be applied within the context of contemporary American Society?
  • How can Islamic spirituality contribute to the development of spiritual and ethical individuals and societies?

COURSE FEE: The general admission is $250 per course. Then, $200 for each additional course. If you are a student, it is $150 per one for all students (including BIS students). Then, $100 for each additional course.

FINANCIAL AID: Please note that financial aid is offered on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are exhausted. Please apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being awarded. You can learn more about our financial aid policy here.

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“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