The nature of the work and activity of the Institute for Islamic Reform (IIR), a private non-profit organization, Is to offer a variety of innovative academic research programs with the use of distance learning to enhance academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, leadership and research. And establishment of social dialogue in the Islamic world to discuss the problems and obstacles that stand in the face of Islamic reform
(QHI- IIR1108) The Qur’an: History & Interpretation - 3 Credits
It examines the history of the codification of the text, its form, and modes of interpretation in both the modern and pre-modern periods. Presentation of different schools of Qur’anic exegesis, including traditional hermeneutical approaches, and modern approaches such as feminist interpretations of the Qur’ān.
(RS- IIR1106) Research Seminar - 3 Credits
Research seminar on topics in world Islamic and Middle East studies.
(IM- IIR1113) Islam and Modernity - 3 Credits
Without a doubt, the Arabs and Muslims had bright pages in the history of the human civilization. But the reality of the Islamic world today says that it is behind the rise of modern civilization in most areas, Political, economic, judicial, social, educational, and freedoms. With the absence of freedom absent democracy, With the absence of democracy, the ability to practice ijtehad has been lost, In the absence of ijtehad, the Islamic world is delayed from the march of modern civilization. The Muslim leaders in the Islamic world still have an opportunity to carry out their responsibilities towards freedom and the protection of human rights. The task of Muslim scholars and jurists will be easy to revive Islamic jurisprudence and develop Islamic law to meet the needs of Islamic societies.
(ILHR- IIR1109) Islamic Law and Human Rights - 3 Credits
The impact of modernity on Islamic legal discourse and practice, with particular focus on hermeneutical approaches devised to create an overlapping consensus with liberal democracy. The counter discourse – popularly known as Salafism -- to which Islamic modernism gave rise will also be examined.
(MMGC- IIR1112) Muslim Minorities in a Global Context - 3 Credits
What are the challenges faced by Muslim minority communities and their host societies? What are the debates surrounding the place of religious minorities in secular societies?
Recent political shifts in Muslim majority countries have put Muslim minorities in the spotlight and impacted upon their relationship with their host societies. This program gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts.
(HIH- IIR1117) House of Islam and House of War - 3 Credits
The Islamic scholars have divided the lands of the world back to house of Islam and house of war, explaining that the House of Islam is every place where the rulings of Islam are visible, and that the House of War is the home that fights Islam and works to stop its growth by all means.
Is this theory formulated by the old Islamic jurisprudence applicable in Islamic societies today? Dos it agrees with the contemporary international law governing the relations of the world countries on the basis of justice, equality and the maintenance of world peace? We are all living in a single house called house of peace. War is no longer lawful except for legitimate defense or struggle to liberate the occupied territories. Article 2/4 of the UN Charter prohibits all forms of use of Force or threat in international relations.
(JT- IIR1120) Jihad and terrorism - 3 Credits
Through this Course you will journey inside the mind of a religious radical, also the Writings by some authors, such as Sayyid Qutb, Abul ala Mawdudi, and others, and you will discover the Five Pillars of Radical Islamic Philosophy. That drive all radical muslim groups.Pillar 1: No Law but Islamic Law, Pillar 2: Infidels Are All Around, Pillar 3: Islam Must Rule, Pillar 4: Jihad Is the Only Way to Win and Pillar 5: Faith Is the Reason.
(IL- IIR1103) Islamic Law - 3 Credits
Advanced examination of research issues in the field of Islamic law. Topics will include modernity, gender, family law, Human Rights, The course aims to provide a basic understanding of the sources of Islamic Law, their interpretation, and of the 'Schools of Law' which predominate in the Muslim World. The case studies, in particular, aim to engage students to assess critically past and present understandings in the contexts of modernity, post-modernity, 'human rights', and social change
(MS- IIR1110) Muslim Societies - 3 Credits
An introduction to the different, often disparate, ways in which Muslims live and think in the modern world (19th-21st centuries). Muslim social contexts across the globe and cyberspace.
(IMMW- IIR1114) The Integration of Muslim Minorities in the west - 3 Credits
The following questions have often been asked in the West - especially Europe. Does the nature of Islam inhibit the integration of Muslims in the West? Do Muslims in the first place want to integrate into Western society with their political and cultural values? Does they commit thimself - or more accurately - to the western values such as freedom, tolerance, democracy, secularism, and other values that may conflict with the Islamic values system? what are the thinges hendring the muslim meiorities from integration?.
(MC- IIR1122) Motherland and Citizenship - 3 Credits
What is the concept of homeland and citizenship in Islamic law? How can that right be achieved? What factors determine their legal framework? And what guarantees and legal procedures protect the rights of Muslims and others to enjoy these rights and it's relationship to international law?.
(MIW- IIR1115) The Rights of Religious Minorities in the Islamic World / A Critical Study - 3 Credits
As a result of the deteriorating conditions experienced by different regions of the Islamic world because of the outbreak of civil wars and the resort of terrorist groups that raise the flag of Islam fulsly. using violence to resolve differences and impose opinions and choices. Religious minorities suffer from these conditions of killing, enslavement, displacement, intimidation and humiliation, even they have lived with Muslims for hundreds of years in an atmosphere of tolerance and brotherhood.What is the position of the Shari'a on this issue? And what the Islamic world should do to protect these minorities?.
(SW- IIR1118) Women in Islamic Society - 3 Credits
Historically, Muslim women have not been treated as men's equals. Certain rulers and administrators and most legal scholars imposed a system of inequality, which they justified by their interpretations of the Qur'an and the traditions of the Prophet. Colonial authorities challenged these views, and their Western notions of the rightful position of women in society took hold among some segments of the Muslim population. Since much of the Islamic world became independent in the mid-1900s, however, women have been caught between traditionalists and reformers as they compete for dominance in Islamic society.
(C- IIR1121) The Caliphate (Islamic State) - 3 Credits
Then we explain the concept of caliphate, and the philosophy of governance in the state of the caliphate. In the end, we try to find an answer to an important question: with whom Islam will stands with, is it with the dictatorship that is cloaked in the cloak of religion, or with man as a successor to God, and with the nation which is the source of all legislation?.
(WIS- IIR1104) Women in Islam Society - 3 Credits
Advanced examination of research issues related to the experiences and histories of women in the Middle East and the Islamic world. Topics will include patriarchy, women and Islam, women and the state, nationalism and anti-colonialism struggles; labor, public space and theoretical issues
(MCIL- IIR1111) Modern Challenges to Islamic Law - 3 Credits
Human life is changing constantly. There are many legal issues in modern times and human life that did not exist and were not thought of in the past and during the lifetime of the prophet. This New legal challenge needs new legal answers by Islamic law. These challenges cannot be met individually. They must be answered systematically and collectively first. The textual and traditional sources do not cover all these areas and meet all these needs. They have to have their legal rulings. They must therefore be dealt with, by any means, and if not by texts then by rational principles and human intellect. The Qur’an and Sunnah are not the only sources of Islamic law, though they enjoy priority. The consensus of opinion (ijma’), analogy (qiyas), human intellect (‘aql), public opinion (‘urf), common sense (syrat al-‘uqala), (and a collection of legal principles, such as public interest (istihsan), juristic and public preference (istislah) etc., occupy an important place in the Islamic legal system and the principle of continuous reasoning (ijtihad) has also contributed to the idea of the interdependence of the Islamic jurisprudence and the Islamic code of behavior (law-fiqh). Furthermore, Islamic law (fiqh) has its own general norms and maxims that can help facing the Contemporary challenges facing Islamic law
(QTH- IIR1105) The Qur'an: Text and History - 3 Credits
A study of the Qur'an's teachings, structures, style, and history in the light of classical and modern scholarship.
(CQIL- IIR1107) Central Questions-Islamic Law - 3 Credits
An integrative view of Islamic law in the past and present, including landmarks in Islamic legal history (e.g., sources of law; early formation; intellectual make-up; the workings of court; legal change; legal effects of colonialism; modernity and legal reform) and a structured definition of what it was/is.
(ILS- IIR1102) Islamic Law and Society - 3 Credits
You will learn the basics of Islamic law in different fields ranging from family law to criminal law. It will acquaint you with the various theoretical underpinnings of Islamic law. You will also learn how Islamic law is applied in different countries. The module has been developed for lawyers and will focus on the development of legal skills and expertise which will be relevant in the professional world. The main aim of the module is indeed to empower those of you who are not familiar with Islamic law with the competence to understand the meaning of Islamic legal terms and documents.
The module is recommended to anyone who wishes to learn the basics about Islamic law, from a practitioner or an academic perspective. The accent will be set on developing a critical stance to the existing legal documents, courts’ approaches and academic commentaries.
(ING- IIR1123) Ignorance - 3 Credits
Sayyed Qutb considers that societies that do not rule by sharia are ignorant societies that must be eliminated. The dream of establishing a Muslim society and an Islamic state, can only be achieved by a muslim believing group that declares war on the ignorant communities that dominate the world today, and moves to remove these societies by force.This program will research, study and criticis this theory, and then refutes it and prove its error.