ITKI 6002 Fundamentals of Islam: Concepts & Applications

This course is designed to cater to all students, with or without an Islamic background. While dealing with the most fundamental concepts and principles, it advances into discussing the relevance and effect of those concepts in training one's self (Nafs) to achieve its ultimate purpose of existence, focusing on their application in our daily lives and contemporary issues.

This course introduces the fundamental principles of Islam by focusing on their sources, objectives, and characteristics. It starts with highlighting the concepts of Iman, Islam, and Ihsan, as well as the pillars of Iman and Islam. Additional fundamental concepts, namely, Taqwa, Al-‘Amal al-Salih, and Al-Akhlaq al-Islamiyah are also discussed. Furthermore, an exploration of Al-Fitrah sheds light on the basic elements that are related to the Human Nature and the Spiritual Dimensions of Man. The Sources of Islam (Quran and Sunnah), Islamic Worldview and its Characteristics are explored and discussed in details. Lastly, the course places importance on the application and relevantization of the Islamic fundamental principles on various aspects of life, such as responding to contemporary challenges, the family institution, and the educational system. Eventually, the course reflects a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of Islam.

The course combines synchronous and asynchronous learning, using a flipped classroom strategy, which allows the students to encounter the information before class, and frees class time for expressing views and engaging in intellectual discussions to ensure a deep understanding and the ability to relate to each concept and principle that leads to translating them into practice.