Curriculum

Sample Weekly Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
09:00-10:20 Ummah Classics (Ihya Ulum al-din) Ummah Classics (Ihya Ulum al-din) Ummah Classics (Ihya Ulum al-din) Ummah Classics (Ihya Ulum al-din) Ummah Classics (Ihya Ulum al-din) Retreat Retreat
10:40- 12:00 Ummah Classics (Muqaddima) Ummah Classics (Muqaddima) Ummah Classics (Muqaddima) Ummah Classics (Muqaddima) Ummah Classics (Muqaddima)
13:00- 14:20 Modern Themes: Introduction to traditional and modern worldviews Modern Themes: Colonialism I Modern Themes: Colonialism II Modern Themes: Religion in the Past and Modern Times Jummuah Prayer 
14:40- 16:00 Modern Themes: Introduction to traditional and modern worldviews Contemporary Questions: Islam and Socio-Economic Development Contemporary Questions: Secular and religious Political Movements in the Muslim World Modern Themes: Religion from Enlightenment to modernity Ottoman History on the Spot
17:30-19:00 Contemporary Questions: Islamic Bioethics Workshop I: Brainstorming for final paper/presentation Contemporary Questions: Secular and religious Political Movements in the Muslim World Workshop II: A call to Action Leave for retreat

*The class times are not fixed, and the same classes might not be taught at the same time every day.

Friday Visits and Weekend Retreats

Throughout the program, will have trips to various locations in North-Western Turkey for civilizational discovery, recreation, rumination-tafakkur, and dhikr-remembrance of Allahﷻ. 

Friday Trips:Istanbul

Every Friday, we will be visiting a royal mosque in Istanbul in chronological order for our “Ottoman History on the Spot Series”, where attendees will have a chance to discover the history of Islam and the Ottoman Empire with our scholars following the Salat ul-Jumah. The mosques visited will be in order: Eyüp Sultan, Fatih, Süleymaniye and Dolmabahçe.

5-6 August:Edirne

For our first trip, we will be traveling to Edirne, the second capital of Ottoman Empire in European Turkey. Edirne is home to one of the highest artistic achievements of the Ottoman Civilization, the Selimiye Mosque-Complex, built by the master architect Mimar Sinan. Our attendees will also have a chance to visit among others, the Eski Mosque, the Üç Şerefeli Mosque, the Bayezid Complex with its renowned Dar ush-Shifa (Hospital and Medical School) the Kırkpınar Wrestling Area, the Old Ottoman Palace

12-13 August:Abant

Our second weekend trip will be for our retreat with scholars to the Abant-Göynük area in Bolu. Abant and Göynük are both located in the lush and mountainous Bolu Province in the Black Sea Region of Turkey. We will be staying by Lake Abant and will be devoting our time to student presentations and discussions on key concepts of Islam and modernity, outdoor activities, and to dhikr and tafakkur. We will also be visiting the small, picturesque town of Göynük, an officially recognized slow city, which was the abode of many scholars during the formative period of the Ottoman Empire including Akşemseddin Hazretleri, who was the sheikh of Fatih Sultan Mehmed Khan.

19-20 August:Bursa

 Our last trip will be to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, the Green City on the skirt of Uludağ, a grand mountain. Bursa is the city of numerous awliyā including spiritual giants such as Emir Sultan and Üftade Hazretleri. The city is the place where the ghāzi spirit of early Ottoman Turks was infused with the ‘ilm and ‘irfan of great scholars and awliyā. Our participants will have a chance to relax at the famed Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque), and to visit among others, the Yeşil (The Green), Orhan, and Muradiye Mosques and discover the vibrant markets and bazaars of the city