In this course, learn how to manage your finances with a balanced and faith-based approach to financial planning and security. Understand how to apply Islamic principles to financial planning goals, 401K Planning, an exploration of riba versus interest, Shari'ah standard-setting organizations, and what makes a financial product authentically halal.
Muslim History and Civilization Instructor: Dr. Ovamir Anjum (University of Toledo) March 24-26, 2017
This course provides a survey of Muslim history and civilization by looking at the origins of Islamic civilization in the Arabian Peninsula, the spread of the Islamic message, and various manifestations of the Islamic faith- in arts, sciences, literature, technology, and architecture. Looking at the long arc of Muslim history, the course examines continuities and exchanges that have manifested themselves in Islamic civilization.
Constructing an Islamic Bioethics Instructor: Dr. Aasim Padela (Initiative on Islam and Medicine, University of Chicago) This course introduces participants to critical concepts in theology and law that pertain to Islamic ethics and covers scholarly debates about the scope and nature of an “Islamic” bioethics.
Ethics in Four Islamic Traditions: Fiqh, Kalam, Tasawwuf, Falsafa Instructor: Dr. Ovamir Anjum Friday, Saturday, Sunday , October 28-30, 2016
This course examines questions of ethics such as the nature of good and evil of acts, revelation and ethics, the possibility of human knowledge of ethics independent of divine revelation, the means of acquiring virtues, in the domains of theology (aqidah, usul al-din, or kalam), tasawwuf (Sufism and other spiritualist traditions), fiqh (jurisprudence), and falsafa (Muslim receptions of Hellenistic and other philosophical traditions). The course will include historical and thematic introduction to the subject, making it accessible to both educated practitioners of Islam as well as those advanced students interested in a panoramic overview of the core questions in Islamic tradition. It will seek to relate contemporary questions to the classical scholarship and classical problems to modern ones. As such, it will aspire to be bidayat al-mujtahid wa nihayat al-mqtasid: the beginning for future scholars and sufficient ground for those seeking enrichment. The knowledge of Arabic is not required, but prior courses or readings on Islam are.
Khalid Casado is a professional calligrapher and teacher from Madrid, Spain. He studied thuluth and naskh scripts with various master calligraphers in Spain and Turkey. After 6 years of intense dedication to the art he received his Ijazaor diploma in these two scripts under the tutelage of Master calligraphers Hasan Celebi, and Nuria Garcia.
Fiqh and Maqasid Al-Shari'ah Instructor: Dr. Jasser Auda Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 9-11
This course consists of two parts. The first part covers emergence and development of fiqh and examines the lives and thought of major scholars and their contributions. It further elaborates on the historical emergence of fiqhī schools (madhāhib), their geo-historical distribution, achievements and limitations of madhāhib-based fiqh, and ethics of disagreement. Special attention is given to methodologies of Islamic jurisprudence (uṣūl al-fiqh). The second part examines contemporary developments in fiqh, by giving special attention to the discourses in maqāṣid al-Shari‘ah (higher objectives of Islamic law/morality) and their application in contemporary contexts Media Literacy and the American Muslim Narrative Instructor: Sarah Cochran, Conflict Resolution Practitioner, oneblue.org Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 10, 12, 17 and 19.
Students will have the opportunity to critically analyze the source, context, mechanisms, and impact ofm edia centered around the depiction of American Muslims. They will be given practical exercises to create responses to misinformation and misrepresenation using media and conflict resolution-based principles of communications, focusing on how to better represent their realities while respecting the culture of mass media.
Creative Writing Seminar Instructor: Saulat Pervez Saturdays, April 9,16, 23 and 30 This course will teach the process of writing to adult writers and learners in a set of four classes (2.5 hours each) through examination of short stories and peer-to-peer editing workshops, with the purpose of production of one faith-based short story per student which will then be published so that they can be shared with the larger community.
Reading the Quran in the Modern Age Instructor: Dr. Asaad Al-Saleh, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28
This course gives students the chance to understand how our modern age (with its revolutionary communication tools) affects the way the Quran is being read, quoted and misquoted. Students will encounter the diverse ways the Quran has been interpreted and the reasons behind such diversity, as well as the impact of tafsir and social movements.
While trying to answer these and other big questions, the course will survey the ways in which some Muslim groups use the Quran, and the danger of claiming one interpretation and forcing it upon the Quran. Students are expected to engage in discussing verses of the Quran, to explore meanings, and share their views about how its themes and concepts are presented. Knowledge of Arabic language is not required.
The Fairfax Institute is a religious institution exempt from state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Pursuant to 8 VAC 40-21-50 of the Virginia Administrative Code, The Fairfax Institute is exempt from regulations of the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia for a period of five years, beginning June 8, 2016, and ending June 8, 2021, as long as the institution's primary purpose remains to provide religious training or theological education.