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Contemporary Islamic Thought with Dr. Ermin Sinanovic

April 20-21 and April 27-28, 2019, from 10:00am-5:30pm

ISBCC (Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center – 100 Malcolm X Boulevard, Boston, MA 02120)


This course introduces students to major concepts, trends, and issues in contemporary Islamic thought. It historicizes and analyzes the Muslim encounter with modernity and the various intellectual trends this encounter has spawned, since mid-19th century until present times. Major concepts include: tawhid (oneness of God), tajdid (renewal), islah (reform), ijtihad (intellectual effort; reasoning), khilafah (vicegerency), shura (consultation), and Ummah (global Muslim community). Special attention will be given to contemporary Islamic revival and reform, rise of Islamic movements, and their impact on Islamic thought. Finally, the course will introduce and assess major intellectual, political, and religious trends in contemporary Islamic thought: traditionalism, Salafism, Islamism, and intellectual reformism.


Ermin Sinanović is currently the Director of Research and Academic Programs at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), where he is also the Director of the Fairfax Institute, IIIT’s instructional division. Before joining the IIIT, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He was also a Faculty Associate in Research, Southeast Asian Program at Cornell University, and a faculty affiliate with the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy.


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 Intensive – 24 Instructional Hours – Price Listing

General Rate Student Rate
Registration $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.