Introduction to Ethics II

Course Description:

This is the second 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 “3rd Quarter” on “Moral Vices (muhlikāt), covering the 10 chapters in 15 weeks. While this is a continuation of Intro to Ethics I, new students may join without any difficulty.

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: Feb. 4-May 16, 2018 (15 Weeks)
  • Holidays: There will be no spring 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 two classes during each semester. If they miss a third 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 Jan. 31, 2018


  • 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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