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  About the Bureau of Islamic & Arabic Education (BIAE)  

  What is the function of the BIAE?

The Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC), as a leading institute in establishing the American Muslim identity, assigned the Education Council of the ICSC to develop the BIAE as a resource center in 1999. The primary goal of the BIAE is to develop Qur'anic-, Islamic Studies and Arabic Language Education for the New Horizon Schools, ICSC Sunday School and the community by offering Arabic language classes to adults and Qur'anic memorization classes to all ages. The BIAE aspires to be a source of Islamic enlightenment. By focusing on the production of unique Qur'anic-, Islamic Studies and Arabic Language curricula, it aims to increase the impact of Islam on the daily life of both Muslims and non-Muslims everywhere. To ensure that this primary goal is met, the BIAE offers regular training workshops for teachers in the field of Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language as well as teachers in the Qur'anic and Islamic Studies fields. Our main focus is to provide teachers with the most current and up-to-date methods of teaching and disseminating these curricula.

The Qur'anic & Islamic Studies Curricula is geared toward the formation of the balanced Muslim identity at three levels: Identity formation, Knowledge and Application (practical skills).

The mission of the Arabic Language Program is to empower the New Horizon students with adequate Arabic language skills to enable them to read and comprehend the Qur'an. The BIAE believes that in promoting the four language skills (listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing), students will be able to understand Islam from its authentic sources and interact actively with Arabic as a living language.

  How do I contact the BIAE?

The BIAE can be contacted at:

Address: 434 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90020

Phone: (213) 382-5140

Fax: (213) 382-3377

E-mail: biae@biae.net

Web: www.biae.net

  How can the BIAE be used as a resource center?

The BIAE provides the four New Horizon Schools with a complete curriculum in Qur'anic & Islamic Studies and Arabic Language education for the Pre-School through the Eighth grade levels. This is a complete program which includes the syllabi to be incorporated, textbooks and supplementary material to compliment the syllabi.

As the curriculum developers and designers for the ICSC Sunday School, the BIAE provides the Sunday School with a complete curriculum in Qur'anic & Islamic Studies and Arabic language.

The Qur'anic & Islamic Studies Curricula is designed for students who speak the English language. Our Arabic program is designed for students learning Arabic as a Second/Foreign Language.

These programs are available for sale to individuals or institutions who aspire to foster a holistic American Muslim Identity. The information provided on this website is a free service for the rest of the community.

  Does the BIAE follow a particular madhab (school of thought) in the textbooks?

The Qur'anic & Islamic Studies textbooks do not follow a particular madhab. We follow the teachings of the Qur'an and Sahih Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).

  How can we purchase the textbooks?

The textbooks are available at the BIAE office. Contact the administration desk via e-mail, telephone or fax. We ship to any destination. BIAE's order and return policy.

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