Hosted by the Muslim Students Association at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
The Sacred Time Project is a two day retreat devoted to developing its participants both mentally and spiritually. The purpose of the program has been to serve participants with a basic knowledge of Islam and impart within them an appreciation for the religion's texts, scholars, and sciences in modern-day context.
* You must both register and pay to get admission to the event
8am - 2pm : Industrial Operations Building
2pm - 10pm : Chrysler Center
8am - 8pm : Chrysler Center
Dr. Sherman Jackson
Sherman A. Jackson is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Visiting Professor of Law and Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan.He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, and Wayne State University. From 1987 to 1989, he served as Executive Director of the Center of Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo, Egypt. He is author of several books, including Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of ShihĂ˘b al-DĂ®n al-QarĂ˘fĂ® (E.J. Brill, 1996), On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: AbĂ» HĂ˘mid al-GhazĂ˘lĂ®'s Faysal al-Tafriqa (Oxford, 2002), Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Towards the Third Resurrection (Oxford, 2005) and Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering (Oxford, 2009).He has been featured on the Washington Post-Newsweek blog, "On Faith," as well as the Huffington Post. In 2009, he was named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Amman, Jordan and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He has also been recognized by Religion Newswriters Association ReligionLink as among the top ten experts on Islam in America.
Ustadth Abdullahbin Hamid Ali
Abdullah bin Hamid Ali began the study of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the age of 17 with his first Arabic teacher, Imam Aberra----may Allah show him mercy----of Eritrea, a well-known private teacher in Philadelphia. He later studied Arabic, Qur'anic recitation (tajwid) and memorization (hifz), and other introductory topics with Imam Anwar bin Nafea Muhaimin and his brother Anas. He studied privately and as an undergraduate student with Dr. Khalid Yahya Blankinship of Temple University, and at the former Institute of Arabic and Islamic Sciences in Fairfax, Virginia. In 1997, he left the United States and began more intensive studies in the Islamic sciences at the University of Qarawiyyin of Fes, Morocco. In 2001, he graduated with a license from the Faculty of Shariah to teach the Islamic Sciences (al-ijazah al-'ulya), and then returned to Philadelphia. Since his return, he has written a number of articles on various Islamic topics (www.lamppostproductions.com), taught numerous classes, workshops, and seminars, and translated and annotated The Attributes of God (Amal Press), a work by the great scholar, 'Abd Al-Rahman ibn al-Jawzi. In October, Abdullah left a full-time position as chaplain with the State Correctional Institution of Chester, Pennsylvania, after five years, and joined the Zaytuna staff as a resident scholar. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Bay Area.