History I: Life of the Prophet
This course will give a broad overview of the life and mission of the Prophet Muhammad as actualized in history. It will highlight important lessons from the events surrounding his career as well as reflect upon the methodology through which his life should be studied.
Qur’an I: Prophets in the Qur’an
This course will cover all the verses pertaining to the Prophets [before Muhammad] in the Qur’an. It will highlight lessons to be learned from their stories and how they can be applied to others in similar circumstances. An analysis of the same prophets in the Bible will clarify the similarities and differences between the two scriptures.
Islamic Law I: Essentials of Islamic Practice
This course will cover the teachings of Islam pertaining to purification, prayer, fasting and Ramadan, zakāh, food, and dress. It will also reflect upon the wisdom behind these practices and discuss how and why differences of opinion concerning some rules exist.
Islamic Law II: Essentials of Islamic Practice
This course will cover the teachings of Islam pertaining to vows, family matters, death, economic transactions, inheritance, politics, crime and other issues. It will also reflect upon the wisdom behind these practices and dispel certain myths that are circulated about particular practices.
Prophetic Teachings I: Wisdom from the Prophet
This course will cover a variety of sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad in order to give a bird’s-eye view of his teachings. It will also demonstrate how reports about the Prophet are to be interpreted linguistically and contextually.
Spirituality I: Purification of the Heart
This course will highlight certain spiritual diseases of the heart such as envy, anger, hatred, gossiping, arrogance and deceit. It will explain why people are prone to be affected by them and recommend techniques to prevent and cure them.
Qur’anic Recitation I: Reading the Qur’an in Arabic
This course will teach students how to read the Qur’an in Arabic, starting from the basic letters and building up to being able to read fluently from a copy of the Qur’an.
Qur’anic Recitation II: Proper Recitation of the Qur’an
This course will cover all the rules pertaining to the correct recitation of the Qur’an such as pronunciation [makhārij], lengthening [madd], and accentuation [ṣifāt]. It will also cover how to use the signs and symbols printed in copies of the Qur’an to help apply these rules, according the recitation style of Hafs.
Beliefs I: Survey of Islamic Beliefs
This course will cover the fundamental beliefs in Islam. It will also explain the rationale behind certain concepts such as how to: prove that God exists, reconcile divine decree with free will and explain why evil exists. It will teach people how to respond to doubts and misconceptions that seek to undermine the foundation of Islamic beliefs.
History II: The First Five Caliphs
This course will cover the history of Islam from the Caliphate of Abu Bakr to the resignation of Hasan ibn Ali. It will cover the major historical events that occurred, analyze the lives of the influential actors during this time, and reflect upon how and why Islam spread to different regions of the world. The course will also highlight other important lessons from history and serve as a model to shape the future of Islam.
Skills I: Public Speaking & Communication
This course will focus on both the theory and practice of how to speak publicly about Islam and communicate with people through different mediums. It will cover methods that aid in becoming a more effective speaker and communicator.
History III: The Umayyads to the Fall of Baghdad
This course will cover the history of Islam from 661-1258. It will cover the major historical events that occurred, analyze the lives of the influential actors during this time, and reflect upon how Islam was practiced in different parts of the world. The course will also highlight other important lessons from history and serve as a model to shape the future of Islam.
Islamic Law III: Principles of Interpretation
This course will cover the way that the Qur’an and Hadith should be interpreted. It will explain why a mere literal reading of these texts is not sufficient and impart the tools and methods that are needed to properly contextualize the sources of Islam.
Islamic Law IV: Case Studies in Legal Reasoning
This course will analyze the underlying reasons behind why Muslim scholars have differed in their perspectives on various legal issues throughout history. It will aim to extract principles which lead to different ways of looking at an issue and discuss how these principles may be used to tackle contemporary issues for which there is no precedent.
Spirituality II: Companions of the Prophet
This course will highlight certain events from the lives of distinguished Companions of the Prophet in order to know them as people and understand how they implemented the teachings of Islam.
Qur’an II: Survey of the Qur’an
This course will analyze the Qur’an as a text in terms of how it was revealed to the Prophet, transmitted by the Companions and their successors, preserved by future generations of Muslims, and analyzed by Muslim scholars throughout history.
Prophetic Wisdom II: Survey of Hadith
This course will analyze the reports about the Prophet Muhammad in terms of how they were transmitted by the Companions and their successors, were preserved by later generations of Muslims, and were analyzed by Muslim scholars throughout history. It will explain what a hadith is, why these reports exist, and what authentication criteria has been developed to filter them for authenticity.
Arabic I: Beginning Arabic
This course will prepare a student to comprehend the language of the Qur’an and Hadith, as well as the scholarly literature of Islam. It will enable students to attain a foundational vocabulary, a basic level of grammar, and elementary skills in reading and writing, which will pave the way for future fluency in speaking and listening comprehension. Prerequisite: Ability to read the Arabic script
Arabic II: Intermediate Arabic
This course will build more vocabulary and grammar skills to get a student to an intermediate level of Arabic where they are able to read and construct short sentences in Arabic.
Arabic III: Advanced Arabic
This course will build more vocabulary and grammar skills to get a student to an advanced level of Arabic where they are able to read texts, comprehend questions about the reading and answer those questions, all in Arabic.
Skills II: Critical Analysis of Readings on Islam
This course will analyze classical and contemporary writings about Islam. It will teach how to go beyond a shallow reading of a text in order to understand and analyze the motives and intent of the author, to fact check data, and to critically engage with the ideas that are presented.
Skills III: Research Methodology & Writing
This course will cover the fundamental research and writing skills needed to go in depth on a topic in the fields of theology and law. There will be a comprehensive final research paper to ensure students understand how to research properly, what sources to use, and how to present their findings.