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 Muslim Life Coordinator at Columbia Religious Life. She earned ijazas, traditional Islamic studies certifications, from the Qalam Seminary in Dallas, TX and the Critical Loyalty seminary in Toronto, ON. She has also studied individually under different scholars from all over the world. She earned a PhD in Chemical engineering before switching careers to follow her true passion of community building. She worked as an adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati Clermont and Northern Kentucky University. Amina also served as the content development coordinator at the Muslim Youth of North America. She is passionate about building a diverse and inclusive Muslim community on campus.