The Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS) Fellowship Programs are designed to give students and professionals an opportunity—lasting anywhere from a few months to several years—to learn, reflect, and implement their knowledge practically in communal and professional settings connected to their field of specialization. BIS fellows engage with renowned scholars, cultivate companionship, and, with the help of enthusiastic faculty members, build a dynamic community of driven and well-grounded Muslims to serve the Muslim community and American society at large.
- Gain knowledge of basic Islamic texts and sciences related to their fields.
- Connect and compare key tenets of this knowledge with the contemporary context of modernity and American society.
- Model the practical application of this knowledge of text-in-context through communal and professional projects or relevant research.
The BIS Fellowship Programs achieve these aims in three consecutive stages: (1) Iqra’, (2) Tadabbar, and (3) I‘mal.
The first stage of the BIS Fellowship Programs, Iqra’, introduces fellows to normative Islamic principles and teachings related to their professional fields, under the tutelage of erudite scholars and instructors. In the Iqra’ phase, fellows gain an appreciation of the richness of Islamic thought and the relevance of divine guidance to myriad facets of human life. While doing so, they develop a perspective on their field that infuses the best of modern knowledge with the ethical and spiritual principles of Islam. This phase of the program is a response to the very first word revealed in the Holy Qur’an: “Iqra’!” (Read!).
Through more advanced study, workshops, and interactive dialogues, fellows are trained to better understand the challenges and opportunities of our specific context. Through this, they learn how to respond more effectively to contemporary questions and concerns that are engendered by that context. In response to Allah’s command (Ṣād, 38:29) to reflect on the Qur’an and ponder over its meanings, fellows at this stage cultivate reflection and spiritual excellence while learning to apply the Qur’an to our contemporary context.
Lastly, through community and peer engagement, fellows will implement what they have learned in the Iqra’ and Tadabbar phases—in conjunction with their professional expertise—for the benefit of Islamic institutions, the professional world, and society at large. The I‘mal stage represents the final fruit of the BIS Fellowship Programs series by ensuring that fellows’ knowledge of the text and context is translated into practical application that yields benefit on numerous levels. This final stage of the BIS fellowship program is a response to Allah’s command: “Act, for Allah will see your actions and [so too will] His Messenger and the believers” (al-Tawba, 9:105).
Participant Learning Outcomes
- Develop an affective and productive community-based profession and career.
- Complete spiritual interactive study in specific fields designed at cultivating proactive leadership in society.
- Research on the germane and most-paramount issues within their communities.
A successful application will include a meeting with an academic adviser.