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Introduction to the Islamic Sciences: Fiqh, Aqida and Tazkiyya with Dr. Harun Spevack

Hybrid Class – In-Person at ISBCC (Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center) and Online

Saturday, September 22 from 10am-3pm (In-Person)
Sunday, September 30 from 6pm-8pm (Online)
Sunday, October 7 from 6pm-8pm (Online)
Sunday, October 14 from 6pm-8pm (Online)
Sunday, October 21 4 from 6pm-8pm (Online)
Sunday, October 28 from 6pm-8pm (Online)
Sunday, November 4 from 6pm-8pm (Online)
Sunday, November 11 from 6pm-8pm (Online)
Saturday, December 12 from 10am-3pm (In-Person)


This course provides students with a “blueprint” for Islamic learning and spiritual development by studying the three core concepts of islām, īmān, and Ihsān and their associated sciences, Fiqh, Aqida and Tazkiyya. Students will learn the integrals of worship (islām), the essentials of belief (īmān), and the way to attaining moral and spiritual excellence and beauty (Ihsān). By the end of the course, students will establish a roadmap for greater immersion in each of these areas in subsequent courses.

This course is part of the Islamic Foundations Certificate Program


Dr. Aaron Spevack is a professor of Islamic Studies. His teaching specialties include topics in Islamic studies—law, theology, Sufism, history, and culture. His research interests include Islamic intellectual history (law, theology, Sufism, logic) especially with regard to the 13th to 19th century legal and theological commentary traditions, as well as contemporary issues in Islam. He has taught at Harvard University’s Summer School (2010-present), Colgate University (2012-present), Loyola University New Orleans (2010-2012), and was a post-doctoral teaching and research fellow in the Humanities at Hamilton College (2008-2010). Prior to that he taught Music Theory at Ai New England Institute of Art, Arabic at Boston University, and private musical instrumental and ensemble lessons at Music Maker Studios (Brighton, MA) and Buckingham, Brown, and Nichols high school (Cambridge, MA.) He is also a founder and director of Boston’s Bukhari Institute, which offers educational programs on the arts and sciences of the Islamic world. He has taught courses in Islamic Theology and Middle Eastern Hand-drumming.


The Boston Islamic Seminary offers competitive tuition rates when considered against other non-degree academic programs offered by a variety of institutions throughout Greater Boston. Standard tuition is $850 per course, however, in our startup phase, we are offering all courses at a substantial discount.

Weekend Intensives – 24 Instructional Hours – Price Listing

General Rate Student Rate
Startup Discount Price $450 $250
Early Bird Discount (Before 8/31/2018) $270 $150


The Boston Islamic Seminary is committed to providing quality instruction to all, regardless of financial circumstances, through a generous financial aid program.

Please note that the financial aid application deadline is one week before the start-date of any given course. Financial aid is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis until available funds are exhausted.  Please apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being awarded.

Boston Islamic Seminary admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.