Watch the Webinar Recording

The Heart of Islamic Education: Answering the Call to Prophetic Pedagogy

Originally held on Saturday, February 27, 2016

Presented by Anse Tamara Gray

Alhamdulillah, the Islamic Teacher Education program is honoured to have celebrated the fifth group of educators completing the Online Certificate Program.

Our congratulations to this inspiring group of educators in achieving a major milestone for the Islamic school and education community. Mabrook!

We were honoured to have Anse Tamara Gray with us, and she shared her insight on the heart and purpose of Islamic Education, and a wealth of tips on how Prophetic pedagogy and teachings apply and shape the practices of teachers and educators in their respective learning environments. Her keynote address begins at 20:00.

This special convocation webinar also featured messages of guidance and advice from our program faculty; Ms. Omaira Alam, Dr. Seema Imam, Br. Dylan Chown, Br. Matthew Moes, and program alumnus Imam Belal Ahmad.

Note: Imam Belal Ahmad’s message in the top recording did not come through. Here is the excerpt with audio.

Anse Tamara Gray

About the Presenter

Anse Tamara Gray is the founder of Rabata, an organization dedicated to promoting positive cultural change through individual empowerment, spiritual upbringing of women by women, and the revival of the female voice in scholarship. Anse Tamara lived in Syria for twenty years, studying sacred knowledge and traveling along the road of tarbiya, or spiritual upbringing. Anse Tamara studied a full curriculum of Islamic sacred texts and subjects including: Shāfiʿī jurisprudence (fiqh), Islamic theology (ʿaqīda), Quranic sciences (Tafsir and tajwīd), Arabic grammar (naḥū), geography of the Muslim world, Islamic civilization and culture, Islamic history and classical methods of spiritual growth (tazkiya). Her specialty area is the life of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him (sira), which she studied in-depth with one of the foremost Sira scholars of our time. She is fluent in both spoken and classical Arabic and received her ijāza (license) in the recitation of Quran from the late Shaikh Muḥyī al-Dīn al-Kurdī in 1997. Anse Tamara is a doctoral student in the Leadership, Policy and Administration program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She holds a masters degree in Curriculum Theory and Instruction, and works in the field of education, focusing on instruction, curriculum design and implementation, administration, and teacher training. Her publications range from several culturally appropriate English language curriculum programs to translations of sacred texts. Some of the projects that she has initiated through Rabata include: The Lina Project, a two-day workshop that addresses the unique needs of female converts; Circles of Light, group and individual activities that foster a strong habit of worship; Daybreak a publishing company and third space in Minnesota and Ribaat, an online academic program that brings college-level Islamic learning to women across the world.