Open the doors to a life-long pursuit of knowledge
We are excited to launch the inaugural class of our 2nd year seminary program beginning in Fall 2021. This program is designed to provide students the keys that open the doors to Islam’s primary sources and classical texts, granting them lifelong access to the depth and breadth of the Islamic tradition.
Building proficiency in writing, speaking and listening in a lively classroom environment
In-depth study of classical texts under the guidance of qualified scholars
Engaging contemporary challenges facing Muslims in America and the umma at large
In the course of the academic year, students will be able to understand and access the Qurʾān, Sunna and classical texts in the core Islamic sciences. This entails building advanced proficiency in Arabic. Our approach to language instruction is rooted in both classical methods and the latest research on second language acquisition. A solid grasp of the rules of grammar and morphology is indispensable to building fluency in Arabic, but it is not enough on its own.
We create a lively classroom environment that enables students to hone the full variety of communication skills that are the key to having full command of a new language. In the course of the academic year, this approach enables students to develop a taste for the language that is both natural and intuitive.
Classroom hours are divided between 1) listening and conversation, 2) readings in classical texts and 3) formal instruction in the rules of grammar and morphology.
In addition to Arabic study, 2nd year students will have the opportunity for in-depth study of classical texts in the core disciplines of Islamic scholarship. Emphasis will be placed on a detailed understanding of the texts in their original language as a basis for a more wide-ranging conversation. How were these disciplines shaped by their historical contexts and in what ways do they transcend their immediate context to speak to the issues of today?
Subjects covered include hadith, fiqh, uṣūl al-fiqh, theology and spirituality.
Through enrichment seminars and hands-on service activities, students will bring what they learn to bear on some of the most pressing spiritual, intellectual and practical challenges of the day. Tangible experience with these challenges will assist graduates of the two-year seminary program in fulfilling future roles of service and leadership. Seminars and service projects are designed in consultation with faculty.