Toward a Nobler Society Imam ‘Ali’s letter to Malik al-Ashtar

This course will examine the letter written by Imam ‘Ali to Malik al-Ashtar. Emphasis will be on the Imam’s exhortations around human relations within society. The goal of the course is to understand the ethics of interpersonal relations to achieve a nobler society.

Course Structure:
• Each week, a section of the letter will be assigned along with questions for reflection.
• Students must attend a weekly live session with the teacher. 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 1 hour per week completing assignments.


Dates and Timings:
• Course Dates: Feb. 8-May 24, 2017 (15 Weeks)
• Holidays: Mar. 27-Mar. 31 (Spring Break)
• Weekly live session: Wednesdays 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.


Deadline to Register:
• Register by Jan. 27, 2017


• Letter 53 from Nahj al-Balaghah. The translation by William Chittick found in Shiite Anthology will be the basis for this course.


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