COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

This is a listing of all credit-bearing courses offered by Bayan, generally organized by field, in fulfillment of degree program requirements in the M.Div. and M.A. degree programs at Chicago Theological Seminary. The courses are scheduled in the academic calendar in varying degrees of frequency, based on program requirements. Required core courses are more routinely offered, whereas elective courses are rotated to allow for greater variation and opportunity to study with diverse visiting faculty. Most courses are offered once every two academic years.

ISLAMIC STUDIES (CORE COURSES)

THE QURAN: COMPOSITION, COLLECTION, AND TEACHINGS

The Quran: Composition, Collection, and Teachings

Instructors: Dr. Joseph Lumbard, Dr. Maria Dakake

This course introduces students to the collection, compilation and standardization of the Qur’an along with its main features, s

ISLAMIC THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY

Islamic Theology and Philosophy

Instructors: Dr. Asad Ahmed, Dr. Hamid Mavani

This course is an introduction to the major figures, issues, discussions, and texts of Islamic thought as manifested in the interconnected domains of

ISLAMIC LAW AND LEGAL THEORY

Islamic Law and Legal Theory

Instructors: Dr. Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Dr. Hamid Mavani

This course explains the internal workings of Islamic law at its theoretical roots. It engages students with the tools of ijtihad (the mechani

HISTORY OF ISLAM

History of Islam

Instructors: Dr. Ovamir Anjum

This course outlines the expansion of Islam, the rise of the Umayyads; the Abbasid empire and successor states; the emergence of classical Islamic societies and material culture (in

ISLAMIC ETHICS

Islamic Ethics

Instructors: Dr. Ozgur Koca

This course surveys the literature in Islamic ethical thought, identifying key themes and topics for Muslims committed to living Islam as a way of life. Students explore how diverse Mus

ISLAMIC/MUSLIM STUDIES (GENERAL ELECTIVE COURSES)

THE LIFE, TIMES AND TEACHINGS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD

The Life, Times and Teachings of the Prophet Muhammad

Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Brown

This course focuses on the life experiences and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, taking into account the historical context, social norms, an

UNIVERSAL MAXIMS IN ISLAMIC LAW AND BEYOND

Universal Maxims in Islamic Law and Beyond

Instructor: Shaykh Jihad Brown

The Maxims of Jurisprudence (al-qawāʾid al-fiqhiyyah) constitute a field in Islamic Law that enable a more supple approach to legal reasoning than “rote”

THE SUFI TRADITION - LITERARY AND CULTURAL DIMENSIONS

The Sufi Tradition - Literary and Cultural Dimensions

Instructor: Dr. Omid Safi

This course engages the concepts and themes represented in literary works from Islamic civilization that constitute esoteric or mystical interpretat

ISLAM IN AMERICA: US MUSLIMS NAVIGATING STATE POWER, THE MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE

Islam in America: US Muslims Navigating State Power, the Media and Popular Culture

Instructor: Dr. Su’ad Abdul-Khabeer

Students will contextualize different Muslim groups' experiences in light of major shifts in American cultur

ISLAM IN BLACKAMERICA: FROM SLAVERY TO HIP-HOP

Islam in Blackamerica: From Slavery to Hip-Hop

Instructor: Dr. Sherman Jackson, Dr. Rudolph Ware

This course surveys the encounter between Islam and the black community in America, from the time that blacks were inducted into th

ISLAM, GENDER AND SEXUALITY

Islam, Gender and Sexuality

Instructor: Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik

This course explores ideologies of gender and sexuality in Islam. Readings address historical debates and rulings regarding gender and biological sex, sexual desire,

GLOBAL ISLAMIC MOVEMENTS AND IDEOLOGIES

Global Islamic Movements and Ideologies

Instructor: Dr. Ozgur Koca

This course is an introduction to the major figures, issues, ideologies, and texts of the 20th century and early 21st century of Islamic thought. We shall analyz

CONTEMPORARY ISLAMIC THOUGHT

Contemporary Islamic Thought

Instructor: Dr. Hamid Mavani

Over the last two centuries, Muslim scholars and intellectuals have sought to engage with and respond to the specific challenges of “modernity, “secularization,” “Western

ISLAM AND LIBERAL CITIZENSHIP

Islam and Liberal Citizenship

Instructor: Dr. Mohammad Fadel

The course explores political liberalism and its relationship to religion, particularly Islam and its intellectual heritage. Topics include secularization, religious c

ISLAM, SCIENCE AND ART

Islam, Science and Art

Instructor: Dr. Ozgur Koca

This course examines the role of contemplation and spirituality in Islamic art. Through examining samples of and texts about Islamic art, the course introduces students to the ha

HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND THE MODERN WORLD

History of Science and the Modern World

Instructor: Dr. Omar Nasim

This course introduces the history of science in a way that surveys a number of critical issues: the place of science in the history of Islam, scientism and the

HOMO ISLAMICUS: EXPLAINING HUMAN HISTORY FROM AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE

Homo Islamicus: Explaining Human History from an Islamic Perspective

Instructor: R. David Coolidge

In this course, we will discuss scientific descriptions of the Earth and Biological life, and the compatibility and/or incompatib

ADVANCED ISLAMIC THEOLOGY (CONCENTRATION ELECTIVE COURSES)

ISLAMIC RATIONAL THEOLOGY: ‘ILM AL-KALAM

Islamic Rational Theology: ‘Ilm al-Kalam

Instructor: Shaykh Jihad Brown, Fouad Elgohari

A consistent system for affirming Islamic tenets of faith emerged in the 9th/3rd (CE/AH) centuries that would use // reason as its primary i

ADVANCED ‘ILM AL-KALAM

Advanced ‘Ilm al-Kalam

Instructor: Shaykh Jihad Brown

This course will delve further into texts representing the classical Kalam theology approach, highlighting post- classical works of the 12th-15th centuries that reflect refin

CONTEMPORARY SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

Contemporary Systematic Theology

Instructor: Shaykh Jihad Brown

The rigorous and logical method of Islamic rational theology (kalām) lends itself well to engaging various different yet connected themes of concern to a particular

ISLAMIC LEADERSHIP (CONCENTRATION ELECTIVE COURSES)

ISLAMIC LEADERSHIP AND SPIRITUALITY

Islamic Leadership and Spirituality

Instructor: Dr. Walead Mosaad

This course provides an overview of models of religious leadership in the Muslim context, from both an historical perspective as well as a contemporary one. Stude

PREACHING AND PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF ISLAM

Preaching and Public Presentation of Islam

Instructor: Jihad Turk

This key leadership development course cultivates skills for effective preaching and public speaking about Islam, and enables emerging Muslim leaders to address q

NON-PROFIT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

Non-Profit Leadership and Management

Instructor: Necva Ozgur

This course introduces foundational Islamic principles for leadership and management, and elaborates on their application in the context of modern non-profit organizat

FUNDRAISING STRATEGIES FOR RELIGIOUS NON-PROFITS

Fundraising Strategies for Religious Non-Profits

Instructor: Dr. Shariq Siddiqui

Religious organizations, often operating as non-profits, must find ways to raise funds for programs and operations. However, leaders in such organi

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING FOR MUSLIM AND INTERFAITH LEADERS

Community Organizing for Muslim and Interfaith Leaders

Instructor: Dr. Rami Nashashibi

While engaging social justice issues, community organizing has evolved as a distinct and widely adopted // methodology over the last century

SOCIAL INTEGRATION AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Social Integration and Civic Engagement

Instructor: Nadia Roumani

This course examines how Muslim American organizations and leaders have articulated the experience of living as a minority community in increasingly pluralistic s

EFFECTIVE ETHICS IN NEGOTIATED SPACES

Effective Ethics in Negotiated Spaces

Instructor: Shaykh Jihad Brown

The emergence of “secular” ethics and its departure from “religious” morality claims to have the equitable management of the needs and aspirations of citizenry

ISLAMIC EDUCATION (CONCENTRATION COURSES)

FOUNDATIONS OF ISLAMIC EDUCATION

Foundations of Islamic Education

Instructor: Dr. Susan Douglass

This course provides an introduction to Islamic educational thought, concepts and practices as developed within classical Islamic civilization. Through evaluation of

INTRODUCTION TO THE ISLAMIC CULTURAL HERITAGE

Introduction to the Islamic Cultural Heritage

Instructor: Dr. Susan Douglass

This course provides a sampling of of classical Islamic literary texts in a variety of genres, including religious writings, poetry, frame tales, scien

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY AND ONLINE RESOURCES

Education Technology and Online Resources

Instructor: Munir Shaikh

Educators are increasingly expected to utilize technology effectively to facilitate learning. This course helps students develop their skills in authoring and pu

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP, BOARD MANAGEMENT, CHANGE AGENCY

School Leadership, Board Management, Change Agency

Instructor: Habeeb Quadri

This course introduces Islamic principles for leadership and management, and elaborate on their application in the context of Islamic educational insti

CULTIVATING THE CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT – PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Cultivating the Campus Environment – Professional Learning Communities

Instructor: Dr. Omar Ezzeldine

School administrators develop interpersonal skills and outlooks that enable them to exercise their professional mandate more e

CRITICAL PEDAGOGY, FOUNDATIONS IN LEARNING THEORIES

Critical Pedagogy, Foundations in Learning Theories

Instructor: Dr. Amaarah DeCuir

Educators apply learning theories and practices that cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and s

CURRICULUM DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION

Curriculum Design, Development and Integration

Instructor: Karima Alavi

In this course, educators develop ideas, lessons and projects that offer interdisciplinary learning opportunities for their students. Appropriate opportunit

ISLAMIC CHAPLAINCY (CORE COURSES)

THEORIES AND PRACTICES OF SPIRITUAL CARE

Theories and Practices of Spiritual Care

Instructor: Tahara Akmal

Study of the interrelationship of spirituality, care and counseling, focusing on how caregivers can respond to needs, traumas, and growth characterized as “spirit

SELF-DEVELOPMENT AND SELF-CARE

Self-Development and Self-Care

Instructor: Dr. Kameelah Mu’min Rashad

Self-care is for chaplains and other caregivers may be one of the most neglected parts of the job. If chaplains don’t care for themselves, they will be unable

FACILITATING LIFE CYCLE RITUALS

Facilitating Life Cycle Rituals

Instructor: Fouad Elgohari

In this practicum course, students learn the requirements and procedures for various Islamic religious rituals, including birth/aqiqah, conversion, prayer, special suppl

ISLAMIC CHAPLAINCY (CONCENTRATION ELECTIVE COURSES)

CHAPLAINCY IN CONTEXTS

Chaplaincy in Contexts

Instructor: Dr. Ingrid Mattson

A further exploration of the theories, practices, and major issues of chaplaincy as a specialized form of spiritual care. The course surveys the requirements and preparations

MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND ETHICS OF GENDER AMONG MUSLIM AMERICANS

Marriage, Family and Ethics of Gender among Muslim Americans

Instructor: Dr. Metra Azar-Salem

Students will engage in a thorough examination of gender identity, roles, marriage, and family matters that American Muslims face toda

ISLAM, MEDICAL ETHICS & SPIRITUAL CARE

Islam, Medical Ethics & Spiritual Care

Instructor: Dr. Aasim Padela, Dr. Faisal Qazi

This course examines the contributions of Islam to the medical field, the spiritual care needs of Muslims in healthcare environments, and t

COUNSELING MUSLIMS

Counseling Muslims

Instructor: Dr. Hamada Altalib

This course familiarizes students with the basic concepts of mental health to facilitate their collaboration with multidisciplinary teams (including both primary health and menta

COUNSELING MUSLIM YOUTH

Counseling Muslim Youth

Instructor: Dr. Omar Mahmood

This course introduces students to child and adolescent psychological evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment issues. The course provides instruction in conducting diagnostic int

Care and Counseling for Bereavement

Care and Counseling for Bereavement

Instructor: Najah Bazzy

Study of the dynamics of grief and mourning and of appropriate spiritual care and counseling with the bereaved in the context of religious communities, chaplaincy, and

RELIGIOUS CARE FOR COMMUNITIES IN CRISIS

Religious Care for Communities in Crisis

Instructor: Imam Khalid Latif

In critical incidents, whether due to human actions or natural phenomenon, injury, destruction, and/or death can occur. Chaplains may be called upon for past

SUPPORTING THE SPIRITUAL CARE TEAM: INTERVENTIONS FOR THE CLINICAL ENVIRONMENT

Supporting the Spiritual Care Team: Interventions for the Clinical Environment

Instructor: Dr. Metra Azar-Salem

This course focuses on why chaplains, therapists and spiritual care providers should intentionally emphasize care fo

INTERFAITH AND INTRA-FAITH STUDIES

SUNNI-SHI’A RELATIONS AND INTRA-FAITH ISSUES

Sunni-Shi’a Relations and Intra-faith Issues

Instructor: Dr. Hamid Mavani, Dr. Kamran Aghaie

This course addresses the emergence of sectarian divisions amongst Muslims in the classical period, and the subsequent development of d

ABRAHAMIC FAITHS IN CONVERSATION

Abrahamic Faiths in Conversation

Instructor: Dr. Reinhard Krauss

This course introduces students from a variety of academic, cultural, and religious backgrounds to an analysis of the complex interrelatedness of Islam, Christiani

MUSLIM SPIRITUALITY AMONG THE RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD

Muslim Spirituality Among the Religions of the World

Instructor: Dr. Ozgur Koca

This course situates the diverse religious experiences and spiritual expressions of Islam within a global context. All students gain appreciation fo

RACE, CULTURE AND IDENTITY AMONG MUSLIM-AMERICANS

Race, Culture and Identity Among Muslim-Americans

Instructor: Dr. Zareena Grewal

This cultural competencies course is designed to enable students to engage in theological reflection on vocation, utilizing resources from critical

OUR INTERFAITH HERITAGE: LESSONS FROM MEDIEVAL SPAIN

Our Interfaith Heritage: Lessons from Medieval Spain

Instructor: Munir Shaikh

Medieval Spain is often cited as a shining example of centuries of interfaith harmony, or convivencia, between Muslims, Christians and Jews, whereas t