Respect Graduate School Presents


Spring Semester 2020

(January 13 – May 1, 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 Spring 2020 Semester will take the following two courses:

Foundations of Qur’anic Arabic – II: Grammar 

Foundations of Qur’anic Arabic II focuses on grammar (naw: grammar or the study of the sentence). Students will learn how the Arabic words function in a sentence. This course will enable the students to read and understand the Qur’an and classical texts. Through the course, the students will also be able to strengthen their knowledge of morphology they learned in Arabic I and to expand their vocabulary.

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: January 13 – May 1, 2020

Days: Class meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 14 weeks! (*No Classes the week of March 2-8)

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST


Readings From The Qur’an

In this course, students will analyze Qur’anic texts on various subjects and in different linguistic styles under the tutelage of the instructor. The course then will give them the opportunity of (1) becoming familiar with the content of the Qur’an by directly engaging the Qur’anic text, and (2) putting their theoretical knowledge of the Arabic language into practice through the Qur’anic and classical Islamic texts.

Instructor: Sh. Mohammad Elshinawy 

Mohammad Elshinawy is a dedicated student of knowledge from Brooklyn, New York. He has studied at Hadith College in Islamic University of Madinah and at Mishkah University. Having gravitated towards the studies of Qur’an, Hadith, Fiqh, and Aqeedah, and being fluent in both Arabic and English, he has used his oratory skills to teach Islam to the community, thereby becoming one of the most prominent callers to Islam in New York City. Sh. Elshinawy is curently a Researcher at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and serves as Religious Director at the Islamic Education Center of Pennsylvania (IECPA) in Allentown, PA.

Dates: March 5 – April 16, 2020

Days: Class meets every every Thursday for 7 Weeks

Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

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