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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.

Theory of Change as a Roadmap to Success

Farhan Latif, president of the El Hibri Foundation speaks about ways to hone professional goals and personal talents to maximize outcomes. A Theory of Change (TOC) can help individuals or organizations refocus to make their end goal a reality.

What I Wish Grantseekers Would Know and Do

Lynn Kunkle, Director of Grants and Peace Education at the El-Hibri Foundation talks about methods of effective fundraising and grant-writing. Recognizing how overwhelming grant-writing and fundraising can seem, Ms. Kunkle seeks to “de-mystify the grant-making process” so participants could be more effective fundraisers for their organizations and causes in the future. .

What Makes a Great Leader

Dean Okianer Dark talks about the qualities that constitute effective leadership, leaders who serve as examples to participants, and how leadership qualities may differ between men and women.

Powerful Speaking for Powerful Women

Ieasha Prime works with participants to break down the everyday act of speaking into its elementary components, walking through the basics to rebuild participants’ speaking skills.

Islamic Family Law

Dr. Azizah al-Hibri discusses taa’a (obedience) and draws a parallel between a wife to a husband in the family and citizens to the state. She encourages her students to stand up for justice with God as their wali, like the Qur’anic story of Zainab speaking against the tyrannous Yazeed, who was responsible for her family’s murder.

Islamic Family Law in American Courts

Abed Awad, Esq. discusses how Islamic family law can, and cannot, be used in American courts.  Focusing on cases of divorce, Mr. Awad introduces participants to key cases which have established how the Islamic marriage contract can be used in American courts.  Mr. Awad is especially knowledgeable about enforcement of mahr in American courts, having argued a landmark case in New Jersey which concluded in the first enforcement of the mahr provision in a New Jersey court.

Islamic Schools of Thought

Professor Mohammed Fadel outlines the foundational information regarding Islamic Law: sources of Islamic Law, the schools of thought, acceptability norms for Sunnahs and the Sunni and Shi’a methods of reasoning. He emphasizes the point that Islamic Law is a system of plurality – this is reinforced through the Islamic principle that every effort, if made in the right mind and with the best effort, whether correct or not, is rewarded.

Conflict Resolution

Dr. Amr Abdalla presents an introduction to Conflict Resolution theory and practice through his multiple-day class.  He covers topics including defining conflict, causes of conflicts, and tactics for addressing conflicts and avoiding unnecessary conflicts.  Dr. Abdalla’s courses are intended to provide participants with the practical skills for understanding and addressing conflict.