- Instructor: Ayman Ibrahim
Muhammad Ali, one of the most well-known American Muslims, famously said: “I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.”
His is just one of the many articulations of what Islam in America looks like, and it introduces a whole set of questions: How do Muslims fit within the American narrative? Who articulates that narrative? How has that narrative changed over time, and who has helped to reimagine it? Which articulations are privileged and celebrated, which institutions—secular, religious—authorize it, and how do these narratives relate to cultural and political ideas of freedom, agency, dissent, race, class, immigration, gender, pluralism and equality?
These are some of the questions we will begin to unpack in this class. The course is structured to explore the diversity of the Muslim American population in the United States and to discover the depth of its history. The course will also thematically introduce some of the debates and concerns that are brought up about Muslims—such as terrorism—and those brought up by Muslims—such as gender equality. We will visit these topics through scholarship and, in many cases, will examine our questions further through literature, music, and film, such as Wajahat Ali’s play The Domestic Crusaders, rap by Lupe Fiasco and Mos Def, and Spike Lee’s 1992 film Malcolm X.
- Instructor: Noor Hashem
This course trains students in effective engagement with the Qu'ran through the heart, mind, tongue, and action. Students will learn techniques of memorization, which includes reflecting upon its timeless teachings and practically applying their reflections to their lived spirituality and social contexts. By the end of the course, students will have memorized at least one juzʾ and established a foundational practice of Qurʾānic memorization, reflection, and application which will enliven their relationship with the Qurʾān.
- Instructor: Basyouny Nehela
This course provides students with a “blueprint” for Islamic learning and spiritual development by studying the three core concepts of islām, īmān, and iḥsān and their associated sciences, Fiqh, Aqida and Tazkiyya. Students will learn the integrals of worship (islām), the essentials of belief (īmān), and the way to attaining moral and spiritual excellence and beau-ty (iḥsān). By the end of the course, students will establish a roadmap for greater immersion in each of these areas in subsequent courses.
- Instructor: Harun Spevack
This course provides a comprehensive study of contemporary Muslim challenges in the West and in the Muslim world including current misconceptions about Islam by both Muslims and non-Muslims. Students will explore the historical causes and development of these challenges and misconceptions, their impact on the psychological, social, economic, and political domains, and their theoretical and practical solutions. At the end of the course, students will have acquired a nuanced understanding of contemporary challenges and misconceptions about Islam such as Islamophobia, assimilation, and extremism and will possess an awareness of the root of anti-Muslim rhetoric and know how to effectively respond to both future and present misconceptions.
- Instructor: Mohamed AbuTaleb
This course, open to students who have already studied the foundations of Islamic belief (`aqida), involves a close study of selected, advanced topics from classical Islamic theology, with three main objectives in mind: (1) to appreciate the intellectual sophistication within traditional Islamic scholarship. (2) To see the continuing relevance, to issues we face in today's world, of some of the principles and techniques of analysis that were used by medieval Muslim theologians. (3) To gain familiarity with major theological debates and diversity of views among Muslims in the past, and to thereby better understand the historical background and theological positions of different Islamic schools and sects that we encounter today. Topics discussed include: The Existence of God, God's Attributes, Moral Accountability, the “Problem of Evil,” interreligious polemics, and the interplays and tensions between theology, philosophy and mysticism.
- Instructor: Suheil Laher
Boston Islamic Seminary "IQRA
Fellowship" is a program designed for committed Muslim undergraduate
students, graduate students and young professionals to establish the
necessary Islamic foundation for engaging with the modern world and
engaging with contemporary issues in their professions. Through BIS
Academy, students from different institutions will come together on a
weekly basis, engage with the best local scholars, and build a community
of driven and grounded Muslims to ultimately create real change within
themselves and their communities.
Boston Islamic Seminary "IQRA Fellowship" is a program designed for committed Muslim undergraduate students, graduate students and young professionals to establish the necessary Islamic foundation for engaging with the modern world and engaging with contemporary issues in their professions. Through BIS Academy, students from different institutions will come together on a weekly basis, engage with the best local scholars, and build a community of driven and grounded Muslims to ultimately create real change within themselves and their communities.