Training the Tongue, Purifying the Heart - Fall 2018

Course Category: Islamic Sciences | Level 1 Core Course

Click here to view a short segment of this course: Class Sample: Training the Tongue, Purifying the Heart with Anse Marah Dahman

Course Code: PUR 101

Instructor: Anse Marah Dahman

Length: 1 term (15 weeks)

Course Dates: September 12- December 19, 2018
Timings: Wednesday, 8:00 pm CST/2:00 am GMT Click here to convert to your own time zone.

Classes last approximately 1.5 hours each. Live attendance is not required but recommended whenever possible. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.

Offered: This course is offered in the Fall and Spring terms of each year.

Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.

Summary: An introduction to the concept of tazkiya, or purification of the self/heart in Islam. It is a beginning look at diseases of the heart and sins of the tongue as well as the relationship between the two. Students will learn some general cures and understand some of the skills necessary to begin the path of tazkiya.

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

Text: The Marvels of the Heart  by Imām al-Ghazālī, translated by Walter James Skellie

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.


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Registration Fees: Non-refundable, non-transferable

  • $100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)
  • $20.00 late registration fee after September 5th (if seats are available)
  • $5.00 auditing fee.


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