Introduction to Ethics I

This is the first in a 3-part series on Islamic ethics. The basic structure of the course will follow al-Ghazālī’s Mukhtaṣar iḥyāʾ ʿulūm al-dīn, an abridgment by the author of his own opus on Islamic ethics. The instructor will supplement the weekly reading with elements from Shaykh al-Fayḍ al-Kashānī’s commentary on the Iḥyāʾ entitled al-Maḥajjah al-bayḍāʾ. This semester, the course will revolve around the “2nd Quarter” on “Practices (ʿādāt), covering the 10 chapters in 15 weeks.

Course Structure:
• Each week, students will be assigned a reading from al-Mukhtaṣar along with study questions.
• Students must attend a weekly live session with the instructor. Live sessions will be conducted via WizIQ

• Student must be at least 18 years old.
• High-speed internet connection, mic, headphones, and webcam.
• Students must be proficient in using their computer and the internet.

• Student should expect to invest 2-3 hours per week completing assignments.

Dates and Timings:
• Course Dates: Oct. 11, 2017-Jan. 31, 2018 (15 Weeks)
• Holidays: Dec. 24-Jan. 6 (Winter Break)
• Weekly live session: Wed. 9-10pm EST (click here to convert this to your timezone).

Attendance Policy:
• Regular attendance is critical to success in this course.
• Students may miss only one class during each semester. If they miss a second class, they will be removed from the course.

Course Fee:
• $150 (this will be requested from you after you register)

Deadline to Register:
• Register by Sept. 25, 2017

• Mukhtaṣar iḥyāʾ ʿulūm al-dīn by Imam al-Ghazālī translated by Marwan Khalaf published by Spohr; ISBN: 978-9963-40-051-5; Available on Amazon.


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