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Introduction to the Sciences of Qur’an and Hadith

Instructor: Ustadha Zaynab Ansari of Tayseer Seminary

Times: Wednesdays 5pm – 7pm EST; Starting Wednesday 6th 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 familiarizes students with Islam’s primary sources, the Qurʾān and Ḥadīth. Special emphasis will be placed on the  various disciplines related to the Qurʾān and Ḥadīth as textual sources of Islam. Students will study the Qurʾān’s preservation, contextualization, and abrogation, as well as the collection, authentication, and contents of the Ḥadīth science. By the end of the course, students will understand the historical canonization of Islam’s primary sources and appreciate the tools developed by Islam’s righteous predecessors to maintain the authenticity and integrity of the  sacred texts and also will develop the practice of reflective engagements with the Qurʾān and Sunna, enlivening their relationship with Allah (SWT) and His Prophet (Peace be on him).

Click the video on the right to watch Ustadha Zaynab Ansari explain more:

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Explain and present the core foundations of the Qur’an and Hadith studies and the relevant books and literature on these disciplines.
  • Recognize and identify the scholars of  the sciences of Qur’an and Hadith in developing and preserving the knowledge of the revelation.
  • Comprehend and appreciate the diversity of opinion that exists in the interpretation of the Qur’an and Hadith.

Who Should Apply?

Highly Recommended for: All Parents, teachers, Imams, chaplains, interfaith worker, or anyone who is interested in deepening his/her knowledge and ability to teach others.


Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Zaynab Ansari spent a decade studying Farsi, Arabic, and traditional Islam in the Middle East, graduating from a seminary in Damascus, and spending time in the land of her ancestors. She also took degrees in history and Middle Eastern Studies at Georgia State University, where she collected oral histories from Atlanta’s historic African-American Muslim community for her research. Zaynab Ansari serves as an instructor, board member, and scholar-in-residence at Tayseer Seminary, where she teaches classes on Islamic law, Qur’anic studies, Prophetic biography, American Muslim history, and women in Islam. She is a contributor to various Islamic educational portals, including Seekers Guidance and Rabata, the latter a pioneering online resource for women’s theological training.


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.