Learn about Islamic Studies through an Arabic language course in Cairo?

It is possible this summer 2022 at the IDEO

The IDEO offers to Dominican friars in philosophical or theological formation a one-month course in Cairo to discover Arabic and Islam. This internship should open the brothers in formation to the reality of the Islamic world in its beliefs and its experience.

From a methodological perspective, we propose to start from an introduction to the Arabic language in order to show its own logic and its theological dimension. Thus, we will introduce the history of Islamic thought, a philological approach and the Islamic doctrines through the words of Islam.

The internship lasts four weeks: each week is composed of five days of classes (from Monday to Friday); each day is broken down into five hours of classes: three hours in the classroom and two hours with an individual tutor. During the month, students will visit mosques, museums and al-Azhar University. They will meet with Muslim intellectuals. A weekend in Alexandria will also be organized to visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The session is preceded a month earlier by a Moodle to learn the basics of reading and writing. Passing the Moodle is a prerequisite for attending the Cairo course.

The cost of the training (courses, meals, weekend at Alexandrina, visits to Cairo) is covered by an IDEO scholarship program. The provinces are responsible for the payment of the air ticket and the pocket money of the brothers in Cairo. For the provinces where the price of the ticket would be too expensive, it is possible to ask for an exceptional help from the IDEO (please contact us).

Dates : Arrival on July 16ᵗʰ‒17ᵗʰ, 2022 in Cairo. The course starts on Monday, July 18ᵗʰ, 2022 and finishes on August 12ᵗʰ, 2022.

Application procedures: The application form must be sent to the IDEO’s director before May 15ᵗʰ (). It consists of a cover letter from the student (in German, English, Spanish, French or Italian) and a recommendation letter from the Director of studies or the Regent of studies. The student receives confirmation of his participation in this course by May 20ᵗʰ, 2022. The student is requested to handle the necessary consular arrangements in the case that he needs a visa.