Respect Graduate School Presents Its


with Imam Fode Drame and Dr. Halim Calis

Before anything else, the Qur’an is the most authoritative source for Islamic knowledge. It is the most determinant factor in scholarly discussions held in Islamic sciences. No Islamic School challenges the authority of the Qur’an, but they do offer differing interpretations.

In order to enhance the Qur’anic Literacy in our society, Respect Graduate School proudly launches one-year hybrid and fully online program that leads to the Qur’an Certificate. The certificate consists of five courses in total. It brings the profound knowledge of the Qur’an commentator Imam Fode Drame to the benefit of students in three levels of courses. Additionally, two levels of Qur’anic Arabic will be taught by Dr. Halim Calis. Students who are already proficient in Arabic may elect to register only to the content courses and pass the proficiency test to be qualified for the certificate. By completing the program, the students will achieve two important accomplishments:

  1. They will be able to understand the Qur’an in Arabic.

  2. They will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand and interpret the deeper meanings of the Qur’an in an authentic traditional way.

Convenient Hybrid and Fully Online Schedule!

All courses of the Qur’an Certificate are being offered to students as in Hybrid and Fully Online model. This combined teaching method gives students a convenient schedule that fits with their busy lives! Students who elect the Hybrid model will attend classes primarily online, with the exception of three days of intensive classroom learning with their professors on-campus at Respect Graduate School in Bethlehem, PA. Students who elect the Fully online model will participate the classes fully online including the three days on campus classes.

The schedule of the one year program is as follows:

Fall 2018 (September 1 – December 31, On-Campus Hybrid Dates, Nov. 9, 10, 11)
  1. Arabic I: Foundations of Qur’anic Arabic: Morphology taught by Dr. Halim Calis
  2. Qur’anic Exegisis I taught by Imam Fode Drame


Spring 2019 (February 1 – May 30, On-Campus Hybrid Dates, May. 3, 4, 5)
  1. Arabic II: Foundations of Qur’anic Arabic: Grammar taught by Dr. Halim Calis
  2. Qur’anic Exegisis II taught by Imam Fode Drame


Summer 2019 (June 15 – August 3, On-Campus Hybrid Dates, Nov. 9, 10, 11)
  1. Qur’anic Exegisis III taught by Imam Fode Drame


For detailed course descriptions and professor bios, click here. 


Convenient Tuition!

Sign up by September 1, 2018  and take advantage of our introductory tuition rate of only $500 per course! 


How to Apply

To participate in the Qur’an Certificate Program, students are expected to

  • Have a minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Complete the Online Enrollment Form


To Apply to the Qur’an Certificate Program at Respect Graduate School, please

Complete the Application Form Here.


*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so you may apply at any time, however, please note that Fall classes begin September 1, so

you must enroll by ***August 30th*** to attend Fall Classes.