Islam & Modernity
This course will covering the opening book of Imam al-Ghazali’s monumental Revivification of the Religious Disciplines entitled, The Book of Knowledge. In this text, Imam al-Ghazali lays out the centrality of knowledge as the focal point of religious development as a basis for the forthcoming books. In this course, students will learn which types of knowledge are the duty of each person to learn, which are a duty for the community to preserve, and the important distinction between beneficial and blameworthy knowledge. For students, this course will serve as a blueprint for the knowledge acquired in the other courses, as well as the knowledge to be attained throughout our lifetime.
In this course, Shaykh Omar Qureshi explores common theological questions and answers that often challenge students during the study of aqidah. He reviews both traditional answers and proofs, as well as well as contemporary issues currently being faced in our time.
Dr. Umar discusses how our 'aqida (creed, the obligatory belief system) of Islam should construct our world view but how the culture of world view undercuts this. The beliefs we have give us the structure of reality and when we learn 'aqida we should also be laying the foundation of our world view. An overview of the Attributes of God, the necessary of "being" which is the first attribute we study. The nature of "things", and the way reality works in creation.