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Introduction to the Sciences of ‘Aqida, Fiqh, and Tazkiyya

Instructor: Dr. Harun Spevak

Time: Sundays 5pm – 7pm EST;  Starting Sunday 3rd May 2020 for twelve (12) weeks

Location: WebEx & Moodle

Registration Cost: See end of page for information on registration fee, student discount & financial aid.



This course commences a study of the foundational sciences of ‘Aqida, Fiqh, and Tazkiyya, tracing their development, key concepts, and central texts. Participants will learn the knowledge of obligatory duties  and key concepts related to these sciences, such as Allah’s names and attributes, rulings for ablution and prayers (salat), and distinguishing qualities relating to the refinement of personal character. Participants will have gained a holistic understanding of the essential sciences of Islam. 

Click the video on the right to watch Dr. Harun Spevack explain more:

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  • Think clearly about Islamic law, ethics, belief, and spirituality via the established cognitive frameworks (usul) of each science.
  •  Distinguish between questions of Islamic law, theology, and spirituality.
  • Understand and practice the essentials (fard ‘ayn) connected to the foundations and   pillars of Islam. 

Who should apply?

  • Muslims and Non-Muslims who have not formally studied obligatory knowledge of belief, practice, and spirituality.

Recommended for:  Parents, teachers, Imams, chaplains, interfaith workers, or anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and ability to gain spirituality and teach others.


Dr. Harun 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.

One 12-week course is $100 each for students (including BIS students) or $150 for non-students.

After that each additional course is an additional $50. Prices will be automatically calculated at checkout.

Financial aid is also available for all courses. Please scroll down to find out more:


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 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.