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This course discusses the role of religious leaders in providing support to Muslim couples, families and youth. The course will cover interpersonal and family dynamics and how these are affected both by internal factors such as individual psychology and spirituality and by external factors such as racism, unemployment and relationships with extended family. We will consider theories of psychological development of adolescents and young adults and examine the challenges Muslim youth often face in various domains, including in socialization and identity development. Within this context, students will explore the spiritual and social counseling religious leaders can provide to struggling youth, couples and families. By the end of the course, students will be able to translate theory into action as they engage in direct practice with the Muslim American community.
“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”.