Jan 6 – Feb 24, 2013: Introduction to Islam

♦ Sunday Afternoons, January 6 – February 24, 2013 ♦

COURSE: Introduction to Islam, with Dr. Timothy J. Gianotti, Ph.D

Designed for the intrigued Torontonian as well as for Muslims seeking an academically-grounded yet spiritually-infused deepening in their faith, this 8-week course promises to provide a thoughtful foundation for understanding Islamic belief, practice, history, and spirituality, even as it opens up new areas for inquiry and further study.

TIME: Sunday afternoons, 4-6 p.m.

SESSION ONE (Jan 6)
Getting Started: The Challenge of Studying Religion & the Special Challenge of Studying Islam in a Post 9/11 World

A First Glimpse into the Essence, Belief, and Mechanics of Islam

SESSION TWO (Jan 13)
Islam’s Sacred Worldview, or Belief System

SESSION THREE (Jan 20)
Islam’s Path of Sacred Action (Obligatory Religious Practices)

SESSION FOUR (Jan 27)
The Eastern Branch of the Abrahamic Covenant: Ishmael, the Ka‘ba, and the Mythic History of Arabia Prior to the Rise of Islam

SESSION FIVE (Feb 3) note time change today only: 6 pm to 8 pm
The “Age of Ignorance” and the Dawning of Islam

SESSION SIX (Feb 10)
Prophecy: Muhammad and the Advent of Qur’ānic Revelations in Mecca

SESSION SEVEN (Feb 17)
The Birth and “Perfection” of the Islamic Religion in Medina (622-632 CE)

SESSION EIGHT (Feb 24)
Pursuing Ultimate Horizons:
The way of “beautification” (al-iḥsān) and the mysteries of being “Muslim”

Where to Go from Here: Tips for further Reading and Study

LOCATION: The Inner Garden, 401 Richmond St. W (just east of Spadina), suite 384 (third floor), Toronto.  FREE PARKING ON SUNDAYS behind the building!!!  For help with directions and parking, please check the building’s website and parking page.

COST:  $300 / person for people registering for all eight sessions; per session cost will be $50 at the door.

COURSE TEXT:  Timothy J Gianotti,  In the Light of a Blessed Tree: illuminations of Islamic belief, practice and history, an experientially textured, educational/trade book introducing the basic beliefs, practices, and early history of Islam (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2011). Available for online purchase at amazon.ca and for local purchase at The Batner Bookstore, 180 Steeles Ave W, Thornhill, ON, L4J 2L1 / Tel: 905-731-4440.

LIMITED ENROLLMENT.  Send us an email for registration details.

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