ISLAMIC LITERACY SERIES, FALL 2013
Education for the mind & soul
Knowing God and Self: The Way of Prophet Muhammad (s)
Reflections on key wisdoms from the life of Islam's final messenger
with Shaykh Yasir Fahmy
Wednesdays Feb 19, 26, March 5, 12
McCosh Hall, Room 2
Shaykh Yasir Fahmy is an American Muslim religious scholar who has received numerous ‘ijazaat(independent certifications) in the subjects of fiqh, hadith, aqeeda, usul al-fiqh, seerah, tazkiyyah, mantiq and in Arabic nahu(grammar), sarf(morphology) and balagha(rhetoric) from leading Islamic scholars in Egypt.
Living Islam: A Guide to Spiritual Ethics
The Prophet Muhammad stated that he was sent to perfect moral character. This 6-session course seeks to introduce some of the moral and spiritual foundations as has been articulated by some of the greatest inheritors of the Prophetic legacy
with Shaykh Walead Mosaad.
Wednesdays March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
McCosh Hall, Room 2
Shaykh Walead Mohammed Mosaad was born in New York City in 1972 and grew up in New York and central New Jersey. He obtained a Bachelors degree in Engineering in 1994. He has also completed degrees from al-Azhar, the University of Liverpool, and is currently a PhD candidate in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter in the UK.
Since 1997 he has been studying and teaching the Islamic sciences in the Muslim world as well as Europe and North America. He has been blessed to study with such luminaries as Shaykh Ahmad Taha Rayyan, Shaykh Ali Gomaa, Shaykh Saeed Albouti, Shaykh Kurayyim Rajih, Shaykh Bakri Altarabishi, amongst others. From 2005 to 2011 he worked with the Tabah Foundation in Abu Dhabi as the Cultural and Education Projects manager, where he developed educational initiatives to address the needs of new Muslims, as well as initiatives to foster cross-cultural and interfaith understanding.
He has lectured on various topics of interest, including Muslims as minorities, interfaith understanding, and the importance of purification and spirituality in addressing the human condition. He has taught or lectured in the US, Canada, Trinidad, Guyana, the UK, France, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, Kenya, India, Bahrain, Jordan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, and the UAE.
Qur'an Study Circle
with Imam Sohaib Sultan
Together we read the Qur'an in English using Abdul Haleem's translation, and pause for reflections and questions in between.
Thursdays 5.30 - 7 pm
Murray-Dodge Hall, Rm 22
Qur'anic Commentary in Arabic: Stories in the Qur'an
with Matt Schumann GS Near Eastern Studies
Each week, we will explore a story from the Qur'an using various traditional commentaries, in a casual and free flowing atmosphere. Level of Arabic: intermediate to advanced.
Fridays 4 pm
Murray-Dodge Hall, Rm 22
Vision of Islam:
From the Ground on Up
with Shaykh Jihad Brown
Trained in philosophy of religion, Muslim jurisprudence, and Kalam theology, Jihad Hashim Brown is currently serving as an academic research consultant in Abu Dhabi, UAE. After receiving degrees in Psychology and Near East Studies from Rutgers University, New Jersey, he went on to pursue Islamic Studies with prominent religious authorities in Syria and Morocco.
He has worked extensively with Muslim communities in the United States and Europe and also appears frequently on numerous satellite television programmes in the Middle East, including the BBC and CNN.
Brown has been a regular columnist for the UAE’s The National newspaper on religious and spiritual issues of the day, and is regularly consulted by governments and institutions in the West and the Middle East on culture and international relations.
He holds an advanced graduate degree from the University of Cambridge in Philosophical Theology. He is the author of The Problem of Reductionism in Philosophy of Mind and Its Implications for Theology and the Principle of Soul; and Metaphysical Dimensions of Muslim Environmentalism; (forthcoming).
Wednesdays, 7.30 PM | McCosh Hall, Room 2. Entry Door B.
Kalaam Cafe : Meeting of the Minds
Engage in wide-ranging conversations on contemporary religious and cultural issues affecting Muslims in America and abroad over dinner and tea. Topic and presenters will change from week-to-week. If you would like to present or have a topic in mind, please let us know!
Fridays | Murray-Dodge Rm 22
Qur'anic Reflections with Imam Sohaib Sultan
A regular study circle in which we will explore the translation of the passages in the Qur'an together, using Abdul Haleem's English translation. Please join us. Questions? email email@example.com.
Thursdays | Murray-Dodge Rm 22
Spiritual Wisdom & Meditation
Periodically we will host a reading of poetry, stories, and other reflections found in the Islamic tradition over a halal catered lunch. Attendees are encouraged to lead, share, and participate. We will begin and end with a relaxing meditation.
Sohaib Sultan is the Muslim Chaplain at Princeton University. (More)