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Programs

Courses

KARAMAH’s LLSP is specifically designed to provide training that addresses the unique challenges facing Muslim women today, while, at the same time, emphasizing individual’s talents and opportunities available to participants. Courses on Islamic Jurisprudence, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution provide participants with the fundamental understanding and essential skills needed to lead themselves, their peers, and the movements they are passionate about.  All courses are designed to incorporate and focus on one or of the following topics:Islamic Law, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution.  Below is a sample of courses offered in past LLSP programs.

Conflict Resolution

KARAMAH recognizes that even leaders with the best of intentions will likely encounter opposition to their work at some point. Therefore, we educate participants on the Islamic principles of gradual change and the most recent academic works in conflict resolution and peace studies. Sessions incorporate role-playing exercises, during which participants analyze value systems and moral frameworks that influence personal and professional decisions. This training allows participants to understand the causes of conflict, and how to approach situations that may cause tension or conflict. LLSP courses combine lectures and interactive sessions, including debate simulations, leadership and teamwork exercises, and in-class discussions. This approach provides participants with a theoretical and a hands-on approach to scholarly concepts.

Leadership

KARAMAH has developed an intensive leadership component to its educational programs providing a mixture of academic and application-based modules that develop the knowledge and skills leaders require. Additionally, KARAMAH utilizes the latest leadership assessment tools available to measure the leadership styles of participants. These assessment tools allow KARAMAH to provide personalized courses that develop participants’ unique strengths and address their weaknesses. Leadership training increases participants’ confidence and ability to lead themselves and their peers and, eventually, entire communities.

Islamic Law

KARAMAH’s highly-educated instructors provide participants with lessons tailored to their level of expertise – everything from an introduction to Islamic legal sources to an advanced analysis of Islamic jurisprudence and international law. Islamic law courses aim to provide participants with the technical competency necessary to understand Islamic law and analyze legal opinions and statements based on the authoritative of classical Islamic jurisprudential sources. This allows participants to better understand and advocate for gender-equitable rights within the context of their religion and respective communities.

Effective Leadership Skills

Raheemah Abdulaleem, Chair of KARAMAH’s board of directors, discusses traits common to women in the workplace and highlights important elements of success in any environment, discussing with participants challenges that they have faced in making their voices heard. Participants practice exchanging “elevator pitches” with one another, describing their jobs, passions, and workplace responsibilities in less than 15 seconds.

Spirituality and Leadership

Imam Mohamed Magid speaks about the values of Islam and how they can inspire better leaders. He encourages participants to empower themselves by having a personal relationship with the Qur’an

River of Life

Aisha Rahman, KARAMAH’s excecutive director, leads the participants in a bonding exercise where they share their journeys down the so-called “rivers” of their lives that brought them to LLSP. Participants acknowledge similar events, mentors, and obstacles in their lives that have somehow contributed to their journeys.

Islam and Public Reason

Professor Fadel discusses the modern philosopher John Rawls and his concept of “Public Reason,” as it pertains to Islam. Mr. Fadel encourages participants to contemplate what it means to have an individual reason vs. a public reason, which is a thought representative of an “aggregate body of citizens.” 

How to be a Digital Media Warrior

Jamiah Adams discusses various social media platforms, why social media is important in advocacy and justice work, and how participants can transform themselves into stronger leaders through their social media presences.