The program comprises three main activities: a) core courses, b) directed research, and c) seminars. The courses include Muslim History and Civilization, Methods in the Study of Islam, The Qur’an, The Sunnah, Islamic Jurisprudence and Contemporary Islamic Thought. The Seminars include Islamic Reform Movements, Islamic Finance & Faith-Based Entrepreneurship, and Islam & Science. There will also be a series of seminars on Islam in America.
This year, there are 16 students, vast majority of them graduate, with academic backgrounds including Islamic Studies, Muslim-Christian understanding, Anthropology, Islamic Financial Ethics, Restorative Justice, Mathematics, etc. The students also come from diverse backgrounds: USA, Bangladesh, Belarus, Malaysia, Poland, Senegal, and Turkey.
The 5-week long program will end on June 24th with a graduation ceremony for the students, in addition to awarding top performing students with a one year non-resident research fellowship.
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