Integration of knowledge Summer Program 2023

Collaborative, Hands-On Learning Experience

July 24 - August 18, 2023

Applications Are Open for the 2023 Summer Program. Apply Now!

Application Deadline May 15, 2023

Location : Fairfax University of America, Fairfax, Virginia
Program Manager : Dr. Boshra Zawawi
Program Subject Matter Expert : Dr. Zainab Alwani
Program Coordinator : Wafia Alchurbaji

Program Description

The Holy Quran was revealed to all humankind as the “complete way of life,” the primary source of guidance for daily life interactions, and the essence of enlightened intellect leading to the straight path of united societies that embrace the universal Quranic values of al-tawhid (affirmation of the oneness of God), al-tazkiyah (purification), and al-umran (development, prosperity, and civilization). As Muslims, we depend on the prophetic hadith to elucidate the Qur`an and guide our interpretation, and thus, application of its verses. The closer Muslims are to the actual implementation of the messages of the Quran and hadith, the more likely they will live in peaceful, united, and cultured societies. As Muslims shift away from the original sources of guidance, however, they are more likely to blunder and impede the development of societies.

The Integration of Knowledge Summer Program is grounded in the methodological and epistemological perceptions of Islamic thought methodology, developed by Dr. Taha Alwani, to reunite students with the original sources of guidance – the Quran and the Sunnah. The program provides students with a unique opportunity to develop an Islamic scientific methodology of thought based on the Qur`an and the Sunnah to reach true knowledge. The program spans four weeks that are carefully designed using a problem-based learning approach to gradually help students advance their critical thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, and research skills.

Students will be immersed in a collaborative learning environment in which they will investigate a contemporary social issue, learn traditional and contemporary Islamic studies, and integrate social and Islamic intellectual heritage to interpret the Qur’an and the Sunnah and extrapolate Qur`anic values and principles. As a result of the program, students will achieve a globalized intellectual capability to develop a research-based framework that guides future analysis and evaluation of daily life issues in light of an Islamic paradigm of knowledge.

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Program Schedule

Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of the summer program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the ideal relationship between oneself, God, humankind, and the universe based on the Divine Will of human vicegerency on Earth (Khilafah).
  • Acquire a comprehensive interpretation of the Qur`an and the Sunnah in light of Islamic principles.
  • Develop a critical mindset to analyze and evaluate a contemporary social issue based on an Islamic worldview.
  • Apply problem-solving, reasoning, and critical thinking to analyze and evaluate social and Islamic human intellectual heritage.

Targeted Knowledge & Skills

  • The Structural Unity of the Qur`an Methodology
  • Hadith (Isnad and Matn) Criticism
  • Critical Thinking and Writing
  • Analytical Thinking and Writing
  • Scientific Research
  • Problem-Solving
  • Reasoning
  • Reflection
  • Teamwork

Program Benefits

The program is FREE of charge.

  • Double occupancy lodging included!
  • Trips to famous sites in Washington, D.C.
  • Conversations with three of the most influential Muslim speakers in the U.S.
  • Collaborative research with students from various backgrounds.
  • A Credly badge that presents your newly acquired knowledge and skills on social media.
  • A certificate of completion from the Fairfax University of America.

Language of Instruction

Dual language (Arabic & English)

Delivery Format

Face-to-face classes at Fairfax University of America.


Current graduate-level students (master’s and Ph.D.) and senior undergraduate students enrolled at a university of any field of study, based in the United States.


The program is FREE of charge.


Students will be provided a double occupancy lodging at no cost. Rooms will have kitchenettes for convenience.


Transportation to and from Fairfax University of America is included. Students will also be provided transportation to the trip location(s) and from the hotel.


Students are responsible for their own meals. Fairfax University of America offers students a 20% discount on meals from the Global Bistro halal restaurant located on campus.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend each day of the program in its entirety from Monday – Friday. Absences for unexcused reasons may negatively affect the student’s passing grade. Attending the program’s weekend activities and trips is not required but highly encouraged.

All students are expected to arrive at class on time and stay for the entire class period. Late arrivals and early departures from class are disruptive to both the instructor and classmates. Three late arrivals/early departures equal one absence.

Certificate of Completion & Credly Badge

This is a non-credit pass/fail program. In order to pass the
program and receive a certificate of completion and
a Credly badge, students should attend every class in
its entirety and complete all program requirements at
a satisfactory level (i.e., fall within the 60 – 100 percentile).

Apply Now!
Deadline: May 15, 2023, at 11:59 pm US EST
Please complete all questions of the application, including the essay.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For questions about the program, contact the Program Coordinator, Wafia Alchurbaji, at