Program Structure

The program is a lecture intensive one with additional optional dialogical space for students to raise issues and process their thoughts with the instructors and with each other.

  1. Formal classes with discussions by the program’s designated lecturers will be conducted five days a week from 9 am to 2 pm.
  2. There are two 2 hours workshops and seminars (one workshop and one seminar per week from 5 pm to 7 pm) where participants will be given an opportunity to share their work with others or, alternatively, have a focussed discussion either among themselves or with lecturers on subjects that they feel need more exploration.
  3. There are two 2 hours optional informal sessions with faculty (one per week from 5 pm to 7 pm) where all available faculty will meet informally with participants for an open-ended discussion.
  4. Faculty will have designated an inevitably limited office hours to meet with students individually on a first come basis.
  5. A month in advance, registered participants in the seminar will receive the reading material for the seminar.
  6. Much learning takes place in conversations outside the formal program structure and often continue deep into the morning.

Program Content

Selection of Courses

Introduction to Critical Muslim Studies (S. Sayyid)

Islam and Decoloniality (Hatem Bazian)

Islamic Feminism, Qur’anic Ethics and Hermeneutics (Asma Lamrabet)

The Qur’an, Liberation Theology and Decoloniality (Farid Esack)

Jews and Muslims: Textuality, Decoloniality and Liberation (Santiago Slabodosky)

Introduction to Decolonial Ethics (Nelson Maldonado-Torres)