Qalam SeminaryAugust 19, 2022 2023-05-29 12:50
Traditional Education in a Modern Context
The Qalam Seminary strives to develop Islamic thought and community leaders by means of education, practical training, and mentorship. Qalam aims to bridge the gap between text and context and living the tradition in a modern context.
Since 2013, the Qalam Foundation has been able to provide a one-year Islamic Studies program in Dallas, Texas known as the Qalam Seminary. Over the last few years, we have taken the first step in the journey that Muslims have dedicated themselves to for nearly a millennia and a half: finding practical solutions to humanity’s problems within the sources of our religion.
With our three-pronged approach of taʿlīm, tarbiyah, and ṣuḥbah – education, training, and mentorship – we have meticulously developed a five-year ʿĀlimiyyah curriculum keeping in mind both the longstanding scholarly tradition of our ummah and the pressing needs of our society today. This catered curriculum is taught by seasoned faculty who serve not only as instructors to the students, but also as mentors. We eagerly look forward to continuing the noble tradition of sacred knowledge with the amazing men and women who have decided to dedicate their lives to serving the deen of Allah ﷻ.
– Taʿlīm: Education. We believe in a traditional classroom setting where students read and translate classical texts, discuss with qualified scholars, and learn research methodology.
– Tarbiyah: Training. Students receive guided training to implement what they learn in class with their communities. Many serve in imam or youth director capacities, lead halaqas and khatirahs, develop weekend school curricula, tutor, research, and more.
– Ṣuḥbah: Mentorship. Good company produces more good company. Students find a home here on campus. Older students will tutor and mentor younger students, and students benefit from the mentorship and guidance of their instructors for years to come.