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Fall 2020 - ʿUlūm al-Quran: The Sciences of the Quran

InstructorDr. Kathrin Klausing

Day: Mondays  Time: 8:00 am CST/2:00 pm UK


Course Category: Tafsir | Level 3 Course

Course Code: TAF 301

Duration: 14 weeks

Course Dates: Sept. 14 - Dec. 7, 2020

Classes last approximately 2 hours each. Live attendance is recommended whenever possible for the best learning experience. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.

Daylight savings time will begin in the United States on Sunday, November 1, 2020. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour later starting November 1st.

Course Summary: An introduction to the sciences related to the Quran and its understanding. Students will learn about different definitions of the Quran and modes of revelation, the history of the written and oral text and its transmission, variant readings of the Quran (qira’at) and ist miraculous nature (I’jaz). The second half of the fall semester will introduce the students to different aspects of knowledge that is related to the understanding of the Quranic text: the concept of abrogation (naskh), distinct and ambiguous verses (muhkam and mutashabihat), occasion of revelation (asbab al-nuzul), chronology of revelation, beginnings of Surahs. Excerpts and discussions stemming from contemporary scholarship on the Quran will be addressed as these are important to understand and deal with most of the controversies revolving around the Quran.

Prerequisites

  • Students should be women above the age of 17.
  • Successful completion of Arabic grammar Level 2A and 2B or equivalent knowledge
  • Successful completion of Arabic conversation Level 2A and 2B or equivalent knowledge
  • Successful completion of TAF 101.

This is an online course so students will need:

  1. Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance. 
  2. Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation. 
  3. To access the live class, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the AdobeConnect app. 
  4. To access recordings of the sessions on a smart device, students may need to install the Puffin or Photon browser.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable

Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until December 31st, 2020.

$200.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

$20.00 late registration fee after September 10th (if seats are available)

Auditing is not available for Level 3 courses.

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.

Contact: For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org

Registration is now closed for this course.


Fall 2020 - Sira: An Academic Study of the Life of Prophet Muhammad (s) | Part 4

InstructorAnse Randa Mardini

Day: Saturdays   Time: 8:30 pm CST/2:30 am UK


Course Category: Sira | Level 4 Course

Click here to view a short segment of this course: Sira: An Academic Study of the Life of Prophet Muhammad (s) with Anse Randa Mardini

Course Code: SIR 402

Duration: 14 weeks

Course Dates: Sept. 17 - Dec. 12, 2020

Classes last approximately 2 hours each. Live attendance is recommended whenever possible for the best learning experience. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.

Daylight savings time will begin in the United States on Sunday, November 1, 2020. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour later starting November 1st.

Offered: This course is offered continuously over a full year. Classes do not stop during the regular semester breaks, but students need to re-enroll in each subsequent part.

Prerequisites

  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.
  2. Successful completion of all Ribaat Level 1 and Level 2 Core course.
  3. Successful completion of at least one Ribaat elective.
  4. SIR 301, 302 and 401.

Course Description: A continuation of the Level 3 Sira courses, this course continues the study of the life of Prophet Muhammad (s) in detail. In Parts 3 and 4, the course will examine the major events and incidents that took place after the hijra to Medina, extrapolating the wisdom and lessons one can gain from them. Weekly assignments focus on these lessons learned, enabling students to draw parallels to modern day struggles in their own lives and make lasting changes, following in the footsteps of the Prophet (s).

Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the weekly online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, read the assigned material, complete a term project, and review and sit for a final exam.

This is an online course so students will need:

  1. Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance. 
  2. Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation. 
  3. To access the live class, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the AdobeConnect app. 
  4. To access recordings of the sessions on a smart device, students may need to install the Puffin or Photon browser.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable

Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until December 31st, 2020.

$200.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

$20.00 late registration fee after September 10th (if seats are available)

Additional $5.00 auditing fee.

Text: A Compendium of the Sources on the Prophetic Narrative (abridged) by Shaykha Samira al-Zayid

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.

Contact: For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org

Registration is now closed for this course.