Thinking About Islam: Modernity, Ideas, Institutions

Day Time Duration Date Instructor Credits
Tuesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm 12 Weeks Sep 26th – Dec 12th Dr. Ermin Sinanović 2


How did the Muslims encounter colonization and modernity? What new ideas and institutions emerged during this encounter? Who were the significant scholars whose thoughts and ideas influenced the Muslims in the last 150 years?

This course is a semester-long joint deliberation on contemporary Islamic thought in answering the above questions. The themes include:

  • the historical context of Western modernity and colonization and their impact on the Muslim community
  • the renewed interest in understanding the Qur’an and Sunnah
  • the questions of decline, renewal and reform (tajdid and islah)
  • the emergence of new theories in tafsir and fiqh; Muslim modernism and the Qur’an-centric approaches
  • Islamic revival in the 20th century
  • the influence of liberalism on contemporary Muslims.


COURSE FEE: The general admission is $297 per course. Then, $238 for each additional course. If you are a student, it is $179 per one for all students. Then, $119 for each additional course. If you are a MIRL student, it is $161 per one for all students. 

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