Usul Academy is a higher education institution established in 2021 that aims to deliver classical Islamic studies and contemporary subjects through an innovative and flexible approach for students across the globe. Usul Academy currently offers a distinguished Honors Program in Comparative Islamic Studies (BA) and Advanced Comparative Islamic Studies Program (MA) in which students study Academic Arabic, classical Islamic studies as well as social sciences from a comparative perspective. Usul Academy non-profit organization registered in the US.
The mainstream purpose of universities today is to equip students for a professional career by providing instrumental knowledge anchored in the modern/postmodern paradigm. Usul Academy is an initiative that aims to elevate the purpose of knowledge and root students in the Islamic tradition to help them face the challenges of modern life. It aims to fill the gap left by modern universities, and enable students to grow not only intellectually, but spiritually too. The primary principle guiding our institution is Rooted Revival (al-tajdīd al-muʾaṣṣal التجديد المؤصل). This principle led us to our comparative approach to education: by juxtaposing the traditional Islamic disciplines with contemporary social sciences, we aim to contextualize the former and apply them to major issues of our age.
The Comparative Islamic Studies program combines Islamic disciplines taught through classical texts in Arabic with an applied perspective on contemporary subjects taught in English, such as: theories and research methods; comparative ethics; business and finance; psychology; biology, and more. During the academic year, students follow asynchronous lectures on weekdays and participate in synchronous sessions on Saturdays. Each academic year culminates in a face-to-face summer retreat, where friendships and sacred knowledge can flourish. By virtue of being an online institution, Usul Academy recruits the most qualified instructors around the world to teach their respective subjects.
The two areas of intellectual and spiritual development can be reflected in the combination of the prophetic pedagogies of taʿlīm and tazkiyah. The former refers to intellectual growth and the latter to spiritual enlightenment. The ultimate purpose is to elevate the student from taqlīd (imitation) to taḥqīq (verification) in faith (īmān), practice (islām) and spirituality (iḥsān). At Usul Academy, the student is not just a number. Students are carefully selected, and their personal and intellectual growth is compassionately cultivated. Usul Academy is a place to nurture interactions and friendships among students and faculty and encourage the virtue of futuwwah.
Our mission is to provide aspiring students with accessible educational opportunities to ground themselves in a holistic and inclusive multiplex perspective in their personal, academic and professional lives.
Our aim is to firmly root students in Islamic principles, values, and methods to equip them with the capacity to critically engage the contemporary challenges of humanity.