Summer Sacred Learning Intensive 2013
Living the Prophetic Model, Exploring Sunnah
Session 1: Tuesday, July 9
TOPIC: Why Prophets?
-The philosophical understanding of why God sent prophets to humanity.
-The nature, character, and stories of prophets in the Qur’an and other scriptures.
-Praise of the Prophet Muhammad and his way in the Qur’an.
-Introducing the Daily Sunnah Journal reflection.
Session 2: Wednesday, July 10
TOPIC: Approaching the Sunnah
-What does Sunnah mean linguistically and historically?
-A broad view of the sources we look to know the Sunnah.
-Differences between Hadith, Seerah, Shama’il, Hilye, Qasidah, etc.
-Visiting Princeton’s rare manuscript library to see literary works on the Sunnah.
Session 3: Thursday, July 11
TOPIC: Hadith Sciences
-The story of how hadith were collected and transmitted through the generations.
-Are all hadith equal? The methodology behind grading hadith.
-Modern controversies around hadith collection and authentication, and responses to it.
-What’s the difference between hadith and sunnah?
Session 4: Tuesday, July 16
TOPIC: Sunnah and Seerah, Part I
-Survey of well-known Seerah books in English.
-Highlights from the Prophet’s life before revelation.
-Highlights from the Prophet’s life in Mecca.
-What can we learn about the Sunnah from these two early periods?
Session 5: Wednesday, July 17
TOPIC: Sunnah and Seerah, Part II
-Highlights from the epic migration.
-Highlights from the Prophet’s life in Medina.
-What we can learn about the Sunnah from these periods?
Session 6: Thursday, July 18
TOPIC: Intimate Insights into the Sunnah
-Explore Shama’il and Hilye literature to discover aspects of Sunnah.
-Lessons from Shama’il and Hilye.
-Sunnah learned through poetry, song, and art.
Session 7: Tuesday, July 23
TOPIC: Sunnah of Worship & Journeying to God
-The Prophet’s life of worship and devotion to God.
-Advice from the Prophet to his devotees on the spiritual path.
-What does it mean for us to follow the Prophetic path in worship and spirituality today?
-Does following the Prophet in worship leave room for creativity? Debating “innovation” (bida’).
Session 8: Wednesday, July 24
TOPIC: Sunnah of Human Relationships
-How the Prophet was with family, friends, and foes.
-Advice from the Prophet on how we should treat our human relationships.
-What does it mean for us to follow the prophetic path in human relations?
Session 9: Thursday, July 25
TOPIC: Sunnah of Community Organizing & Leadership
-How the Prophet organized affairs in his community.
-Prophetic model of leadership.
-The Prophet’s relations with other faith communities and tribes.
-What can we learn from the Prophetic model today?
Session 10: Tuesday, July 30
TOPIC: Sunnah and Shari’ah
-What aspects of the Sunnah are we bound to emulate and follow rather than admire?
-How different scholars of Shari’ah interpreted hadith and determined Sunnah?
-Halal & Haram. Case studies of debating what is sunnah?
Session 11: Wednesday, July 31
TOPIC: Sunnah & Contemporary Issues
-A survey of approaches to the sunnah in determining contemporary issues.|
-Case studies of debates on contemporary issues with both groups invoking the Sunnah.
Session 12: Thursday, August 1
TOPIC: What We’ve Learned? Part 1
-Student group presentations.
Session 13: Tuesday, August 6
TOPIC: What We’ve Learned? Part 2
-Student group presentations.