Madina Institute USA is proud to announce that, in conjunction with the Madina Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, our Islamic Studies Degree Program curriculum now includes courses on Emotional Intelligence. Those wishing to focus solely on this subject may apply for the part-time course and receive certification.
This class is now exclusively offered as an Online/Distance Learning course!
Dates: Scheduled to begin the week of August 13, 2017
Classes are part-time, online.
3 hours of class time per week, plus time required outside of class for homework & reading.
Fees: $50 application fee; $900 course fee (annually)
Registration for this course is currently closed.
“The ability to perceive emotion, integrate emotion to facilitate thought, understand emotions and to regulate emotions to promote personal growth.”
Mayer, J.D., Salovey, P., Caruso, D.L., & Sitarenios, G. (2001). Emotional intelligence as a standard intelligence. Emotion, 1, 232-242.
“… in Islam, a faculty of consciousness that is related to the intellect is the heart, which is the faculty of consciousness that experiences all emotions. To the degree that the Muslim does not respond to each emotion and thought with openness, gratitude, surrender to, and ultimately love of God, the sustainer of everything, he or she will not be responding with true intelligence and the heart will become corrupt. Conversely, to the degree that the Muslim responds with such qualities (substituting these positive emotional qualities for maladaptive ones), the heart will become purified and a clearer mirror reflecting the divine qualities. In this way the character of each Muslim will move closer to the Sunnah of the Prophet, whose character (khuluq), as we are reminded in a hadith, was that of the Qur’an.” [Dr. Alan Godlas]
“Today, educators in the Muslim world, by learning to be aware of and experience their own feelings, can build on the example of the Prophet to be shining examples of emotional awareness for their students.” [Dr. Alan Godlas]
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is considered an essential element for personal development, professional leadership, and relationship success. This class provides an overview of Emotional Intelligence theories and practice. Areas covered include the basic four dimensions of emotional intelligence: Perceiving Emotion, Facilitating Thought, Understanding Emotion, and Managing Emotion including understanding the relationship between cognition, emotion, and behavior; overcoming internal obstacles to emotional intelligence such as stress or shame; minimizing external obstacles such as Islamophobia; using emotional intelligence to cultivate mental health and wellness, to increase leadership abilities in general, and specifically in pastoral care, parenting, and youth development. This course will incorporate techniques and skill practices to increase and develop the emotional intelligence competencies. It will also include reflection on Islamic techniques of cultivating emotional intelligence, and commentary from classical Islamic literature.
This course will utilize a four-pronged approach:
- An in-depth review of relevant scholarly literature.
- A focus on student development of emotional intelligence competency.
- Integrative exercises and activities to assist students in incorporating the material.
- Excerpts from classical Islamic writing pertinent to the unit being studied.
Barbara Flaherty M.A. has a background of over 25 years as a counselor, university instructor, and behavioral health counselor trainer. She has also worked as an interfaith chaplain in hospital, university and prison settings. She is a published poet and essayist, winner of the Drogheda Amergin Poetry Award, Ireland in 2005 and the author of two books: Holy Madness (Chanting Press 2006) and Doing It Another Way (Chanting Press 2008).