Islamic Leadership

Islamic Leadership

This concentration provides a foundation in Islamic theology, law, history, ethics and scriptural studies, and in interreligious studies. Students must complete intermediate Arabic as part of their program, by the time of graduation. Students enroll in elective courses covering various leadership topics.

The concentration equips graduates for organizational leadership roles and careers, with skills in community organizing, non-profit management, fundraising, interfaith cooperation, activism, and public service.

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Required: 5 Courses for All Degree Plans

Substitution: "Islamic Leadership and Spirituality" only allowed to replace “Islamic Ethics” for Islamic Leadership students.

Additional Required Courses for the concentration:

Intermediate Arabic 2A

Arabic 2A (Fall, 3 units) or Summer Intensive 2A (8 weeks, 6 units)

Students further develop their reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills, while expanding their vocabulary. They will master more complex grammar and syntax involving words derived from Arabic root patterns, using them to produce extended sentences and passages. They also master conjunctions and additional verb tenses. Performance-based formative assessments will help students achieve the equivalent of the second year of university-level Arabic.

Note: Intermediate Arabic is required for the M.A. in Islamic Studies & Leadership and the M.Div. in Islamic Chaplaincy. It is not required for the M.A. in Islamic Education, though the courses may be taken as electives.

Intermediate Arabic 2B

Arabic 2B (Spring, 3 units) or Summer Intensive 2B (8 weeks, 6 units)

Students further develop their reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills, while expanding their vocabulary. They will master more complex grammar and syntax involving words derived from Arabic root patterns, using them to produce extended sentences and passages. They also master conjunctions and additional verb tenses. Performance-based formative assessments will help students achieve the equivalent of the second year of university-level Arabic.

Note: Intermediate Arabic is required for the M.A. in Islamic Studies & Leadership and the M.Div. in Islamic Chaplaincy. It is not required for the M.A. in Islamic Education, though the courses may be taken as electives.


Elective Courses for the Concentration (4):

Students may select four courses from any elective offerings from Bayan or CTS, and are recommended to select from the following Bayan courses:

Non-Profit Leadership and Management
Fundraising Strategies for Religious Non-Profits
Community Organizing for Muslim Leaders

While engaging social justice issues, community organizing has evolved as a distinct and widely adopted methodology over the last century and is credited, in part, to leading to the historic election of the country’s first African American President. This course examines community organizing within the context of the American Muslim experience, providing students with the opportunity to directly engage its strategies through an explicitly spiritual framework.

Preaching and Public Presentation of Islam

This key leadership development course cultivates skills for effective preaching and public speaking about Islam, and enables emerging Muslim leaders to address questions involving Islamic law in a contextual manner. Topics include freedom of expression, living in pluralistic societies, gender rights and relations, governance, social justice, peace and violence, ethics and morality, and cultural flux. This course will prepare students to address a variety of audiences and contexts, including speaking to the media, to interfaith communities, to international audiences, and to civic groups.

Effective Ethics in Negotiated Spaces
Social Integration and Civic Engagement

This course examines how Muslim American organizations and leaders have articulated the experience of living as a minority community in increasingly pluralistic society. Students will study opportunities and limits to social integration, political activism, and civic engagement emanating from religious identity and experiences, as well as from the dominant cultural and political framework. Students will gain understanding of the role of religion and religious communities in the public square.

Abrahamic Faiths in Conversation

This course addresses some of the theoretical and practical possibilities as well as challenges of an authentic dialogue and interaction between Christianity, Judaism and Islam. This course provides a theological grounding on which members of the traditions can cultivate collaborative action, particularly in the American context.