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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.

Halaqah

Mais Abousy, Esq. introduces articles and scholarly works covering current events.  After this, she leads discussions about the issues introduced in the articles and leads discussion with participants about how these issues affect them and possible solutions.  Participants learn various means to moderate and guide discussions given complex topics and issues, as well as develop visual aides.

Islam & the Founding Fathers

Dr. Azizah al-Hibri links the development of the United States government to Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton’s understanding of early civilizations, especially the Ottoman Empire. She stresses that democracy and Islam are compatible.  The course also examines the positive influences of Islam on the Founding Fathers.

Building a Muslim Coalition for Gender Egalitarianism

Prof. Mohammed Fadel examines the notion of wali (guardian) during a marriage contract. He claims that the ways in which the major schools of thought have dealt with the legal capacity of men and women have been very disparate. However, he later points out that the existing disparity is not a result of the Qur’anic passages themselves, but rather, of social perceptions. Change can be made through the inclusion of contractual conditions that can be enforced in court.

Islam & Gender

Dr. Azizah al-Hibri focuses on gender specific verses in the Qur’an and carefully studies the root of the words or language used in order to understand what the verse actually says, and not what patriarchal society has interpreted it to mean over time.  Verses are analyzed through contextual examination of diverse Islamic legal sources, such as the Sunnah and various jurisprudence.

Usul al-Tafsir

Imam Mohamed Magid focuses on the sources of, revelation of, transmission of, and later interpretation of the Qur’an. From the beginning, the Qur’an has promoted reading and understanding and contemplation – it was not just meant for memorization. Diversity and pluralism exist within the Qur’an – the occurrence of verses on gender diversity implies that there is in fact a place for women in scholarship.

Objectives of Islamic Jurisprudence

Dr. Zainab Alwani gives an introduction to the development of Islamic legal theory, usul al-fiqh.  She emphasizes the general values and principles that scholars derived from the Shari‘a, known as themaqasid al-shari‘a, highlighting the importance of family and family law as a fundamental institution of society.

The Islamic Worldview

Dr. Azizah al-Hibri promotes a holistic understanding of Islam and of the Qur’an, noting that many misinterpretations are rooted in quoting sources out of context. She explains that the central principle of Islam – tawhid, or divine unity – is the basis for the inherent equality of humankind emphasized in the Qur’an.