Instructor: Amina Darwish
Date: Friday, March 26, 3:00 – 8:00 pm | Saturday, March 27, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Format: This two-day intensive course will be held online, through synchronous sessions. Registrants are expected to attend full-time, for both days.
Chapter 28 in the Quran is titled “The Narratives.” It addresses the competing narratives of Pharaoh and Prophet Musa (peace be upon him), and the structural racism against the Israelites in Pharaoh’s Egypt. It tells the story of Prophet Musa (pbuh) as a privileged Israelite in the House of Pharaoh and his subsequent struggle to understand his own spiritual path in a fight against systemic injustices. The chapter also gives voice to the women throughout Prophet Musa’s (pbuh) life who supported him and faced their own spiritual struggles. At a time when racism and misogyny are so engrained our society, this class aims to equip students with the spiritual language to address those ills and fight back against them.
Amina Darwish “Imamina” is the Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life and Advisor for Muslim Life at Stanford University. She previously served as the first full-time Muslim Life Coordinator at Columbia University. Dr. Darwish has a decade of professional experience working with the Muslim community. She also brings years of experience building and serving in nonprofit organizations. Dr. Darwish brings a unique blend of understanding the different cultures within the Muslim community while staying grounded in traditional Islamic scholarship.
She earned a Ph.D. in Chemical engineering before switching careers to follow her true passion for community building. She remains passionate about including ethics, meaning, and service into STEM disciplines. Dr. Darwish strives to always create a culture or openness and consistent kindness into the communities she serves. She earned ijazas, traditional Islamic studies certifications, from the Qalam and Critical Loyalty seminaries including an ijaza in the ten Qira’at. Dr. Darwish has studied individually under different scholars from different parts of the world and has taught college level coursework on Islam and Muslims.