Worlds Unknown: A History of Islam in America

Day Time Duration Date Instructor Credits
Thursdays 5:30pm – 7:30pm 12 Weeks Jun 8th – Aug 24th Ust. Zaynab Ansari 2


DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce students to the role of Muslims in the formation of the Atlantic World, a place created in the encounters of peoples from the Old World and those indigenous to the Americas. The existence of this world would have been inconceivable in the early years of the spread of Islam; nonetheless, by the 15th century, Muslims had arrived to these shores. Over the summer semester at Boston Islamic Seminary, students will learn about pre-Columbian travel between Africa and the New World, the Atlantic slave trade, the experiences of Muslims in the antebellum South, and the emergence of proto-Islamic movements in the early 20th century. As James Baldwin wrote in The Price of the Ticket, “history is literally present in all that we do.” Let’s explore the past with a vision to charting the future.

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. 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