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Islamic Studies

Principles
  • Build on the existing love of deen held by students
  • Faith is integral and relevant to life experiences and age appropriate considerations
  • Teach importance of  inclusivity and diversity of practices
  • Family’s role is critical and recognized
  • Emphasis is on positive and productive practices and teachings
  • Stories and examples as a basis for teachings
  • Beyond textbooks and create space for dialogue and discussion
  • Content to be contextualized and connected
Approach
  • Stand alone standards for each grade level
  • Integrated within existing areas subjects
  • Arabic and English teachers collaborate on concepts and strands
  • Modeling as opposed to only targeted instruction
  • Integrated into CPR, Morning Meeting classroom environment
  • Middle School specific subject classes
  • 7th and 8th graders participate in Khateeb and Khatira Program
  • Four madahib/ijmaa is taught age appropriately. Differences from this in family practices are recognized
Content
  • Categories [can be cross cutting]
    • seerah/hadith - Understands the life of Prophet Muhammad (s)
    • aqidah - Understands tenets of beliefs and faith
    • fiqh al ibadat - Understands practices of faith
    • akhlaq - Demonstrate understanding of character and manners (Prophets story)
  • Understanding and learning about other faith traditions
  • Understanding how to express and maintain faith in the larger community
  • Repeated content through grades for different understanding of concepts

Middle School Halaqas

In addition to AFA's integrated Islamic Studies approach, we have put in place a designated class for all Middle School students to more concertedly focus on specific aspects of Islamic knowledge and identity.