- Develop foundational knowledge grounded in an Islamic perspective around gender, sexuality, morality and identity
- Why an Islamic Worldview matters
- Understand and apply an Islamic Framework to contemporary issues
- Understand the implications of the contemporary language related to gender and sexual identity
- Deconstruct the secular framework used to explain sexual and gender identity and reconstruct using an Islamic framework
- Prepare to lead a discussion with stakeholders (parents, students, teachers, community members) using a 3C “Prophetic Pedagogical” Approach: Clarity, Conviction, and Compassion
5-week On Demand ISLA Course
Week 1: Sexual Revolution, Civil Rights & Current LGBTQ+ Movement
- Decoupling Sex, Marriage, and Reproduction
- Civil Rights
- Identity Politics
- LGBTQ+ Movement Today
Week 2: Worldviews & the Importance of Maintaining an Islamic Worldview
- Modern secular vs. Islamic worldview
- Islamic vs. secular paradigm on gender and sexuality specifically
- What does Islam actually say (and not say) about “LGBT”-related issues?
- same-sex feelings/behaviors
- gender nonconforming behaviors/dispositions
- transgenderism and gender transitioning
Week 3: Sexual Paradigms & Culture, Globalization & Modernity
- The historical and cultural specificity of the modern Western sexual paradigm
- Same-sex desires/acts before “homosexuality” in pre-modern Muslim culture
- Feelings, actions, identity (perspectives through time)
- The transcendence of Allah’s command, or the unbreachable red lines
- Universalizing the Western paradigm and the “liberal Muslim” critique of Islam on homosexuality
Week 4: What Is “Homosexuality”?
- Understanding the subjective experience
- Getting our language and paradigm right
- “Being gay” (identity paradigm) vs. “having same-sex attractions (or SSA)”
- Where does homosexuality come from?
- How to deal with Muslims experiencing SSA or gender identity disorder?
Week 5: Civic Engagement and “Allyship”
- Can we be allies with the LGBT community?
- Does the LGBT community “support” Muslims? Can Muslims “support” the LGBT community?
- Muslims as a primarily religious vs. a primarily political community: which do we want to be?
- How do we engage with political activism and stay true to our principles?
Week 1-5: Being Unapologetically Muslim
- Holding strong to Islamic beliefs and principles
- Responding with Clarity, Conviction, and Compassion
- Enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong (al-amr bi-l-ma‘ruf wa-l-nahy ‘an al-munkar)
- Lakum deenukum wa liya deen (to you your moral way and to me mine)
- Witnesses to Allah: truth, compassion, conviction.