QUR'ANIC CONTEMPORARY EDUCATION
With Dr. Basyouny Nehela, January 28-29, February 4th; 10:00 AM-7:30 PM
The Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) as a mercy and guidance for all of humanity until the end of time. This Divine Revelation serves as way for us to navigate our everyday lives in the best of manners. More particularly, the Qur’an contains in it a structured system that educates us on how to live a life full of integrity and ethics. In this class, we will explore exactly how we can achieve this state of excellence through Qur’anic Education. The overarching topic will be Islamic/Qur’anic Education, its definition, sources, features, and objectives. We will understand how the Qur’an equips us to make educated decisions about any circumstance we may encounter. Additionally, we will explore what role reason, emotion, and revelation play in shaping our lives. Students will learn how to apply the method of Qur’anic Education to the contemporary context by analyzing how it was applied throughout the life of The Prophet (Peace be upon him) and throughout Islamic history. The instructor will engage students with lectures, readings, discussions, case studies, videos and more to enable them to get the best out of this class.
WOMEN OF THE QUR'AN
With Ustd. Celene at ICB Wayland, February 11, March 11, March 18, March 25; 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
The women of the Qur’an provide us with a colorful prism from which we can see femininity in its various manifestations — from the female partner of the prototypical human being (Hawwa), to the female relatives and companions of the prophet of Islam (peace be upon them), from the diplomacy of benevolent queens to the resistance of Hebrew women, from female paragons to female ingrates. Drawing on this rich trove of stories, this course will address several key questions: First, who are the women and girls found in the Qur’an? Second, what can be understood about women’s authority from the speech, acts, and descriptions of these females? Third, what does the Qur’an’s representation of female figures tell us about biological sex, sexuality, and gender? We will study the Qur’anic verses that illuminate the lives of these women and consider how their lives hold lessons for us today.
View the syllabus here. This is a mini-course to be completed in 12 instructional hours instead of our standard 24 instructional hours.
SCIENCES OF THE HADITH
With Dr. Suheil Laher, April 8-9, April 22-23; 10:00 AM-5:30 PM
Narrations of the words and actions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), better known as Hadith, are only second to the Qur’an with respect to serving as a source of inspiration and guidance for Muslims throughout the centuries. Unlike the Qur’an, however, they are not to be found in a single book nor are they all of equal weight and reliability. This course will cover the history of Hadith, their transmission and interpretation, and approaches to authentication. We will examine these topics in light of traditional Muslim scholarship as well as Western academia. Important questions to be covered include: ‘Are the hadith synonymous with the Sunnah, the Prophetic example?’, ‘Is it mandatory for a believing Muslim to accept all Hadith?’, and ‘Is a reliable hadith considered to be just as authoritative as the Qur’an?’
View the syllabus here. This is a hybrid course with both online and offline components. Readings and online assignments will begin at the start of the semester and will be augmented by 24 hours of in-person weekend intensive sessions.
ISLAM, RACE, AND POWER
With Dr. Martin Nguyen, March 4-5, April 1-2; Saturdays 9:30 AM-6:30 PM, Sundays 9:30 AM-2:00 PM
This course will undertake a critical investigation of the concept and place of “race” and “ethnicity” within the Islamic tradition from the early formation of the Muslim community down to the present. We will examine how Muslims approached issues of identity as it relates to “race” and “ethnicity” as well as how these two concepts were applied to or imposed upon Muslims by others. Another major theme to be covered will be the relationship of race to power, both politically and socially. Topics will include slavery and its abolition, understandings of “race,” the Blackamerican Muslim experience, colonialism, and Muslim approaches to resistance.