Respect Graduate School Presents


Fall Semester, 2019

(September 2 – December 22, 2019)

*Registration for the Qur’an Certificate Program is now closed. Please check back in May, 2020 when we will re-open enrollment. Thanks!

Students who enroll to the Qur’an Certificate Program for the Fall 2019 Semester will take the following two courses:

Foundations of Qur’anic Arabic – I: Morphology

This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence. Arabic-I focuses on morphology (arf: morphology or the study of the word). By accessing the basic structure of the Arabic word –its trilateral root– students can then go on to deciphering meanings based upon standard structures associated with the addition of “extra” letters to the trilateral root. Besides the derivative verbs and nouns, the students will also learn about non-derivative nouns and dependent words such as prepositions. Examples, assignments, and practices from the Qur’anic text itself, which will enhance students’ linguistic skills and competency in classical Arabic. Thus the course provides a unique educational experience by following the traditional style of learning matched with contemporary teaching techniques.

Instructor: Hilmi Okur

Hilmi Okur obtained his bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic at Marmara University in Istanbul. He also attended classical learning circles where Arabic was taught through time-honored classical texts. He moved to the United States for further study and earned his masters degree in Jewish-Christian-Muslim Comparative Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Hilmi still lives in Chicago with his family and continues his PhD level study at the University of Chicago, focusing on Islamic exegetical tradition.

Dates: September 2 – December 20, 2019

Days: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 14 weeks!

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST


‘Ulum al-Qur’an

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with both classical and contemporary Muslim exegetical approaches to the Qur’an. The course will first provide the students with the foundational knowledge of classical exegetical “sciences,” then it will proceed to discuss modern approaches to questions regarding the provenance, nature, compilation, canonization, and interpretation of the Qur’an. Specific attention will be given throughout the course to the major textual resources available for the Qur’anic study, including the classical and contemporary Muslim commentary literature.

Instructor: Abdurrahman Benavidez

Dates: November 2 – December 14, 2019

Days: Saturdays for 7 Weeks

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 PM EST


Cost for 2 course package: $750

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