introduction to Islamic Philosophy

Group Online Tuition (10 MAX)

10 weeks 

Islam is a religion of billions, and Islamic history includes an incredible diversity of politics, cultures, and philosophies, stretching across continents and over a thousand years. It is critical for any serious observer of Muslim-majority states and societies, and indeed society as a whole, to take this tradition seriously, in order to understand the continued relevance of its core concepts.


This is a complex course that seeks to give an introductory understanding of Islamic philosophy in the subfields of law, politics, ethics, metaphysics, logic, and epistemology. It discusses a range of figures from across Islamicate history, including Al-Farabi, Ibn Sina, Sayyid Qutb, Abdullah Azzam, Rabia Al-Adawiyyah, Ibn Tufayl, and intellectual schools like the Mu'tazilites and Asharites.


Classes will be structured in a relatively loose discussion format with summaries of the readings that are sent out the day prior. Students are not expected to do all the readings, but they are expected to discuss at least one of the readings with depth. The course will conclude with an applied discussion of the ethics of violence in the cases of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

The teacher is currently a PhD student in Islamic philosophy and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Rutgers University, and a Masters of Science in Comparative Political Thought from SOAS, University of London. She is Pakistani-Canadian and grew up in a devoutly religious family of Sunni Wahhabi Muslims. She has been teaching various subjects for five years.


This course is taught in 10 sessions. The Learning Co-op offers an interactive online opportunity through diverse virtual engagement methods. The course starts on Monday 11 January, where each session is from 7 pm till 8:30 pm.