Introduction to Islam

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Dr. Ali Al-Halawani
Last Update February 14, 2022
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About This Course


Dr. Ali Al-Halawani
Academic, Researcher & Author


This introductory course by Dr. Ali Al-Halawani explores Islam as a “religion” as well as a comprehensive way of life.

The course introduces the basics of Islam and its foundations by attempting to answer some questions, such as but not limited to:

What is Islam? What do Muslims believe? What are the five pillars of practice in Islam? What are the features of the Islamic Shari`ah or way of life? Who is Muhammad? What is his location in the Islamic belief? What was his mission all about? What are his qualities and attributes? Was he an advocate of peace? Can Islam provide a model of leadership and activism, or is it a barbaric tradition like we see on the TV screen? What do you know about Muslim Canadians? Among many other topics and subtopics in the course.

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Dr. Ali Al-Halawani

Assistant Professor, Qur’anic Studies & Computational Linguistics

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Dr. Ali is a lifelong student of the world-renowned Al-Azhar Al-Sharif. In his youth, he completed the intermediate/high school curriculum of Al-Azhar. Then moved on to complete his Bachelor’s degree and graduate studies there as well. He obtained a Master’s degree in linguistics and the translation of Islamic and shari’ah-based terms. He completed a PhD in Computational Linguistics and Translation of the Meanings of the Quran (Qur’anic Studies).

He was a Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Al-Alsun (languages), Minia University, Egypt; Assistant Professor, Misr University for Sciences & Technology (MUST), Egypt; Assistant Professor, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM); Dean of Student Affairs, Al-Madinah International University (Mediu), Malaysia.

Dr. Al-Halawani was Editor-in-Chief of the Electronic Da`wah Committee (EDC) in Kuwait; he was the Deputy Editor-in-Chief, and Managing Editor of the Shari`ah and Fatwa Department, for 10 consecutive years.

He is a visiting scholar with the Middle East Studies Program (MESP), sponsored by the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), Washington, D.C., United States.

He is a visiting scholar with the Ottawa School of Theology & Spirituality (OSTS), Ottawa, ON, Canada.

He has been teaching with the Siraj Institute Ottawa, ON, Canada (Siraj Diploma in Islamic Studies) since January 2019.

Dr. Al-Halawani is a member of both the Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics (MAAL), as well as the International League of Islamic Literature Malaysia (ILILM).

Over the past 27 years, he has been teaching, researching and translating Islamic texts and books from Arabic and English.

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